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Discover the best Latin movies of 2020

May 15, 2021

Find out which are the films made by Latino filmmakers that stood out during the year 2020.

It is no secret to anyone that the year 2020 was totally atypical. Although the world seemed to stop and uncertainty in the face of unexpected situations reigned everywhere, many found a way to continue with their projects and bring them to life.

This happened in the Latin American film industry, there was no pandemic that prevented the premiere and recognition of fabulous productions such as the ones we name below:

Chaco

From the Bolivian Diego Mondaca, “Chaco” was selected for several festivals such as Bogotá (BIFF), the Autonomous University of Mexico (FICUNAM), Gijón (FICX), American Film Institute (AFI) and the Rotterdam Festival (IFFR), among others. Likewise, it was the first feature film in Bolivia to be released on a web platform through Multicine.

The story takes place during the war between Bolivia and Paraguay in 1934. Commanded by a retired German captain, a troop of Bolivian soldiers confront unexpected enemies as they wander lost in the Gran Chaco desert. Fears, hunger and thirst, mistrust among them and an imminent monotonous landscape accompany them, slowly devouring them.

The mole agent (El agente topo)

This work by Maite Alberdi was selected by the Chilean Film Academy to compete in the Goya awards in the category of best Ibero-American film and the Oscar for best international film.

Additionally, the film was the winner of the audience award at the San Sebastian Festival and highlighted at the Sundance Festival.

The funny and moving film shows the vicissitudes of Sergio, an 83-year-old common man who is hired to infiltrate a home for the elderly. His mission is to uncover the alleged mistreatment of staff towards residents.

Without a shred of experience as a spy, Sergio finds nothing better than to emulate Agent 007 to entertain himself after the loss of his wife, and then inevitably becomes involved in the lives of his housemates.

Forgotten we’ll be (El olvido que seremos)

Fernando Trueba, brings the novel by Héctor Abad Faciolince to the big screen. In an intimate story, he portrays the life of the prominent doctor and human rights defender Héctor Abad Gómez.

A family man and social leader who projected creativity and vitality through teachings of love and tolerance. But the socio-political reality of the Colombia of the 70s, would overflow in tragedy in a violent and polarized Medellín.

This film was released on the closing night of the San Sebastian Festival and was part of the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival.

I’m no longer here (Ya no estoy aquí)

This film is the representative of Mexico in the Goya Awards and the Oscars. Winner of 10 Ariel Awards and awarded the Best Film and Audience Award at the Morelia Festival. Written and directed by Fernando Frías de la Parra, “I’m no longer here” was released on Netflix.

The film reflects the urban “Kolombia” culture of Monterrey, from the late 2000s. It is about how a 17-year-old boy, a lover of popular festivals and cumbia, is accidentally involved in a confrontation between gangs.

As a witness to a murder, Ulises is forced to illegally cross the border into the United States to save his life, leaving behind everything he loves and what defines him.

Heroic losers (La odisea de los giles)

Winner of the Goya Awards for Best Ibero-American Film 2020. “La odisea de los giles” is an Argentine production co-written and directed by Sebastián Borensztein. Adventure and drama are the true protagonists of this story based on “La noche de la Usina” (2016) by Eduardo Sacheri.

Neighbors scammed in the middle of the economic crisis of 2001, a brilliant plan by a provincial Robin Hood and the recovery of money from unscrupulous lawyers and bankers, are the elements that maintain the threads of the interesting plot.

Window boy would also like to have a submarine (Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarine)

And if it’s a matter of magical realism, Alex Piperno does it masterfully in his first feature film. From Uruguay, this filmmaker created this film nominated for the best debut award at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival.

This story manages to connect people and worlds beyond the laws of time and space. A ship sailing in the seas of Patagonia, an apartment in a South American capital and a shed in a dense Asian jungle, become the doors to unexpectedly intertwined realities.

Between drama, adventure, comedy and fantasy films, Latinos continue to make their way into world cinematography, even in difficult times such as 2020.

If you saw any of the films that appear on this list or enjoyed another that we did not mention, share your opinions and recommendations on our social media. And long live Latin American cinema!