These are the 7 Latin films you can’t miss in 2020.
Yes, 2020 has been a strange and difficult year in many ways. However, the world keeps moving and Latin films are still coming out this year.
Below we give you a list with the 7 Latin films you must watch before this year is over:
Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado
In terms of impact in the Latin American region, this is arguably the “film of the year”. A Latin film that tells the true story of Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado, was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to great success. In many ways, Mercado was a public figure ahead of his time. A Latin, “androgynous, gender-nonconforming asexual astrologer” has become a true legend in the Latin LGBTQ+ community.
Any Latin film directed by Chilean Academy Award-winner Pablo Larraín and starred by the famous Mexican actor/director Gael García Bernal, is an immediate must-see. Add to this explosive combination the beauty and talent of the popular Chilean actress Mariana di Girolamo, a little bit of reggaeton, a lot of desire and complex family issues, and you have a recipe for success.
This intelligent psychological thriller by Argentinian director Veronica Chen is a gem. A Latin film filled with secret desires, overflowing passion, fear, tension, and lots of alcohol, explores the balance of power between social classes and sexes. A truly original film that is worth more than a single view, due to its many hidden details that can only be appreciated when you see the film for at least a second time.
Sin Señas Particulares
A Spanish-Mexican co-production that explores the tricky subject of immigration. Set in the Mexican-American border, director Fernanda Valadez goes deep into the tragedies happening in that border every day. Migrants that simply disappear in their journey for a new life, and nobody cares about. If you appreciated the honesty of movies like “The Golden Dream”, you will agree that “Sin Señas Particulares” deserves to be in that category.
Once Upon a Time in Venezuela
This co-production from Austria, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Brazil, is a portrait of today’s Venezuelan tragedy. Superbly directed by Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, “Once Upon a Time in Venezuela” is a tale of decay set in the little floating village of Congo Mirador on the shores of Lake Maracaibo. Political and economic topics are portrayed in the film, exposing the effects of corruption on the people.
A modern adaptation of the famous legend of La Llorona set in post-civil war Guatemala, presents a reflection into the real-life atrocities of the war and its consequences. The smart story-telling by director Jayro Bustamante promises more from this filmmaker who has attracted lots of attention from big time producers.
An Ai Weiwei documentary? About 43 disappeared Mexican students? The Mexican Government being the main suspect of the forced disappearance? If that hasn’t piqued your interest, nothing will do in 2020. “Vivos” is an ode to those 43 students disappeared in Mexico, but even more it’s a reminder of how organized crime and the Mexican authorities collude to protect their interests, leaving the people completely vulnerable to the forces of chaos.
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