Latinbeat, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual showcase of Latin American films, is celebrating its fifteenth year in a big way. With movies from powerhouses like Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and Brazil plus countries with smaller film industries like Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic its lineup has something for everyone.
For casual moviegoes and cinephiles alike the series is a peek into the cinema world’s best kept secret, Latin American filmmakers are killing it right now. (OK. This isn’t really a secret. For us cinenerds, it’s a well-known fact. But I run into people all the time that have no idea).
From films about a Mexican garage band (We Are Mari Pepa) to heavy metal in the Andes (Holiday) and from first-time directors as well as established ones, this year’s Latinbeat is centered on young protagonists. Here’s a chance to sample the movies that are coming soon to New York.
As the fest gets closer, we’ll post exclusive interviews with this year’s crop of distinguished directors.
Latinbeat runs July 11 – 20 at The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.