Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Cinema Tropical Award Nominees

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This Wednesday, January 21 at the New York Times building in Manhattan, the year’s best Latin American films will be honored with the only U.S. award solely dedicated to the region. The non-profit  Cinema Tropical, headed by Carlos Gutierrez, will bestow prizes to documentaries and fiction films determined to be cream of the crop by its jury of industry professionals, directors, curators, and critics.

Twenty-two movies from six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and the U.S.) are in the running for the award, making it likely you haven’t seen/heard of all of them. That’s where we come in. We’ve been keeping our eye on these films all year and have written about lots of them. We’ve done interviews with the directors, made lists of reasons to watch, and reported on their tour of the film festival circuit. So, being the dependable source of all things Latino film that we are, here is a roundup of all our coverage of the nominated films from the past year. Consider this your Cliff’s Notes to the Cinema Tropical Awards. First things first, check out the trailer for a quick taste of the nominees.

A complete list of the nominees for the 5th Cinema Tropical Awards is here.

Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the awards ceremony here.


Best Fiction Film


Amat Escalante, Director of Heli on How Living on Both Sides of the Border Informs His Filmmaking

First Look Film Series at Museum of the Moving Image Proves the Chilean Film Renaissance is in Full Bloom

Latin America’s Biggest Film Awards Turn Political

We Asked Film Programmers: What Are Your Top 5 Latino Films Of 2014?

Best Documentary Film


Next On The Remezcla Film Festival World Tour: Buenos Aires

5 Must See Movies at the Hola Mexico Film Festival

Best First Film


Berlin Film Fest Spotlights Young Latino Filmmakers, Bestowing Awards & Congratulatory Tweets from Gael Garcia Bernal

From Los Caifanes to Roger Rabbit: 3 Tribeca Latin American Directors Talk Influences

This Year, Tribeca’s Latin American Films Focus on Music & Youth

‘Navajazo’ is a Sympathetic Portrait of TJ’s Hookers, Addicts & Satanic Street Musicians

Four Reasons Why Mexican Indie Film ‘Somos Mari Pepa’ Rocks It Hard

14 Latino Films You Probably Didn’t See In 2014, But Should

Best U.S. Latino Film


Richard Ray Perez on Making ‘Cesar’s Last Fast’ Doc Using Never-Seen-Before Footage of Cesar Chavez

Mexican-American Debutantes Dress Up Like Martha Washington in ‘Las Marthas’ Documentary. Interview with Director Cristina Ibarra

Meet Las Marthas, Mexican-American Debutantes Who Dress Like Martha Washington, In 6 Dazzling GIFs

8 Reasons Why The Hauntingly Beautiful Documentary ‘Purgatorio’ Will Blow Your Mind

Rodrigo Reyes Battled Heat, Bed Bugs, And Early Morning Beer Drinking While Filming In The Desert