Cinema Tropical Festival Screens Best Latin American Films of the Year

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Just a few weeks ago Cinema Tropical handed out awards to the year’s best Latin American films at a special ceremony in New York City. Now is your chance to screen all eight award-winning movies. Starting Monday, February 24, the winners from Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina will grace the screens of the Village East Cinema in Manhattan. From the controversial Mexican film Post Tenebras Lux that received simultaneous boos and awards at the Cannes Film Festival to the intimate and touching Sundance hit Mosquita y Mari, don’t miss out!

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Best Fiction Film

(Matías Piñeiro, Argentina)

Thursday, February 27, 7pm – Q&A with filmmaker

Matías Piñeiro is one of contemporary Argentine cinema’s most sensuous and sophisticated new voices. In his latest film, Viola, he ingeniously fashions out of Shakepeare’s Twelfth Night a seductive roundelay among young actors and lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Mixing melodrama with sentimental comedy, philosophical conundrum with matters of the heart, Viola bears all the signature traits of a Piñeiro film: serpentine camera movements and slippages of language, an elliptical narrative and a playful confusion of reality and artifice.

Best Documentary Film

(Emiliano Altuna, Carlos F. Rossini, Diego Osorno, Mexico)

Wednesday, February 26, 7pm

This engrossing documentary introduces us to Mexican millionaire mayor Mauricio Fernandez, a larger-than-life and frequently controversial politician who lords over Latin America’s wealthiest municipality from his eccentrically decorated palace — and has a predilection for taking justice into his own hands.

Best Director, Fiction Film

(Carlos Reygadas, Mexico)

Wednesday, February 26, 9pm

Ostensibly the story of an upscale, urban family whose move to the Mexican countryside results in domestic crises and class friction, Post Tenebras Lux is a stunningly photographed, impressionistic psychological portrait of a family and their place within the sublime, unforgiving natural world. Met with boos following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival it went on to win several awards and the praise of film critics.

Best Director, Documentary Film

(Jose Luis García, Argentina)

Monday, February 24, 9pm

In 1989, budding filmmaker José Luis García visited North Korea to take part in a student festival in Pyongyang. While he was there, peace activist Lim Sukyung revolutionised the event by announcing that she would cross the border back to South Korea by foot. This bold and subversive gesture made an everlasting impression on the young Garcia, and twenty years later he has never stopped thinking about the woman known as the ‘Flower of Reunification’. In this fascinating documentary, Garcia tracks Lim down in South Korea, hoping to discover exactly what occurred at the border all those years ago.

Best First Film

(Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, Uruguay)

Monday, February 24, 7pm – Introduction by co-producer Tania Zarak

What can be worse than being 14 and going on vacation with your father? Taking your children on vacation and not being able to go out because of the rain. Alberto has not been able to spend much time with Lucia and Federico since his divorce. The three of them are on their way to the hot springs for a short vacation. But when they arrive at their rented cabin they learn that the pools have closed until further notice because of the electric storms. Alberto tries to remain enthusiastic and is determined to not let anything ruin their plans, but everybody’s moods inevitably become altered.

Best U.S. Latino Film (tie)

(Aurora Guerrero, USA)

Tuesday, February 25, 9pm

Yolanda is stellar in her studies and makes her parents proud, while Mari has just moved to town with her undocumented family. On her first day of school, Mari is assigned to be Yolanda’s study partner. After a rocky start, the two find a bond that confuses them at times. With evocative performances from Fenessa Pineda as Yolanda and Venecia Troncoso as Mari, we experience their struggles: adjusting to their new reality; and charting their own paths in the face of parental sacrifice, immigration experiences, and peer pressure.

Best U.S. Latino Film (tie)

(Kristy Guevara Flanagan, USA)

Tuesday, February 25, 7pm – Introduction by producer Kelcey Edwards

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

Special Jury Mention – Best Director, Documentary

(Ignacio Agüero, Chile)

Thursday, February 27, 9pm

The home of acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Ignacio Agüero is filled with objects that speak to both his family’s history and to the tumultuous history of his country. Seeking to make a quiet, personal film centered on his home and his memories, it is fitting that The Other Day begins when a ray of sunlight shines on a photograph of his parents. Agüero turns the tables on his uninvited guests, and asks them if he may knock on their doors too. His spontaneous excursions into their neighborhoods and homes broaden the film’s scope, bringing different aspects of contemporary Chilean society into the picture. Interweaving these threads, collapsing past and present, interior and exterior, the film is an elegant reflection on layers of history, and ways they are reflected in families and communities.

All Screenings at:


189 Second Avenue (at 12th Street), New York City
February 24-27, 2014