Facebook Gets Horrifying In Short Film ALEXIA. Watch It Now!

Social media has introduced a whole host of new phenomena into mainstream culture since it rose to prominence. Some are rather silly. And some - such as the continued life of individual social media profiles after the death of their... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Exclusive First Stills From Lex Ortega's ATROCIOUS

It was back in early November 2014 when we first reported on Lex Ortega's feature length debut Atrocious (aka Atroz). At the time, Ortega and his producer Abigail Bonilla had just launched a crowdfunding campaign, looking to finish the film... More »
  

The SHE WOLF Team Returns With Dark, Sexy Slasher ALL NIGHT LONG

Argentinian helmer Tamae Garateguy made a quite an impression a couple years back with her feature She Wolf - a hugely stylish black and white psycho sexual thriller that won raves at Fantastic Fest and other festivals around the world.... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch Fernando Urdapilleta's Fabulous Short Film COSITA LINDA (PRETTY LITTLE THING)

Oh, here's a happy treat. While writing about the trailer release for Mexican helmer Fernando Urdapilleta's debut feature, Lonely Stars, I made reference to his earlier short film Pretty Little Thing. And it turns out that with the premiere of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

LONELY STARS Trailer Hits Like A Blast Of Latino John Waters

Mexican director Fernando Urdapilleta burst on to our radar a few years back now with his short film Cosita Linda (Pretty Little Thing), a brilliantly grimy coming of age / revenge tale with a truly shocking twist that burned it... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Latin Beat: Netflix Award Helps Mexican Cinema

Netflix is constantly growing in Latin America, and while in Mexico the catalog is still nowhere as big as the North American one, several hotly anticipated TV series, such as Better Call Saul and House of Cards, are greatly helping... More »
  

Review: OUT OF THE DARK, Strong And Persuasive Suspense In South America

Attention, white people: Why do you keep going where you're not wanted? At first blush, Out of the Dark falls easily into the category of horror films in which white people -- usually Americans -- trespass into unknown territories, leading... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

EL CLAN: First Teaser For Trapero's Next Introduces Real Life Crime Family

Throughout the 1980s Argentina's Puccio family operated a highly lucrative - albeit violent - family business. Behind the veneer of high society and general acclaim, with one of the clan's children a member of national rugby team, the Puccio clan... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: WILD TALES, A Comedic Thought Experiment

As it happens, last year I found myself in a relatively short line at the Cannes film festival for "some Argentinian film," as the person standing next to me put it when I asked what we were to see. I... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Latin Beat: ASU MARE 2, Will Lightning Strike Again In Peru?

Is box-office success a blessing or a curse? Ernesto Zelaya Minano, who is based in Peru, addresses that question in regard to the brand-new trailer for Asu Mare, the follow up to the 2013 smash hit. Critics are sharpening their... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: IEC LONG, A Haunting Exploration Of Macau's Lost Firecracker Industry

Chinese rockets explode in front of our curious eyes, and disappear in the black clouds of a nocturnal sky. The past haunts our ruins, overlapping times consisting of moving photographs and still film images. An old man has worked in... More »
  

LA PARKA: Oscar-Nominated Short Film Tours Mexico

Gabriel Serra Argüello's La Parka (aka The Reaper) is a Mexican short documentary, produced by the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC), which is nominated for the Academy Award. It was described by our own Christopher Bourne as a film that... More »
  

ELI ROTH PRESENTS THE STRANGER: Raven Banner Acquires The Canadian Rights

Our friends at Raven Banner Entertainment will not leave Berlin empty handed after the EFM shuts down. They have acquired the Canadian rights for Guillermo Amoedo's Chilean English-language flick The Stranger, from this day on known as Eli Roth Presents... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: MAR Fails To Capitalize On Its Great Actors And Their Improvisational Skills

Chilean cinema, more than in any other year in the history of the Berlin Film Festival, is present and with the greatest odds to win one or two awards once the fest comes to an end. There are new films by... More »
  

Review: 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films, An Eclectic, Globe-Trotting Selection

As much talk as there's been about the lack of diversity among this year's Academy Award nominees, there is at least one section where diversity, and an illuminating look at world cultures, can be found. That place is the in... More »
  

Kickstart This! THE YELLOW FEATHER. A Horror Fantasy With Mayan Gods, Orphans And Conquistadors

Here is a project you may be interested in supporting. Brothers Lincoln and Lucas Smith are gathering support for a dream project, a horror fantasy film called The Yellow Feather. It is a story that they have been working on for... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Göteborg 2015 Review: LUCIFER, An Intriguing Reimagination Of A Classic Tale

Belgian director Gust Van den Berghe concludes his triptych on the emergence of human consciousness that began with Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and continued with Blue Bird, the enticingly titled Lucifer. Speaking of consciousness, a better-suited mythological figure in the Western... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Latin Beat: Ambulante Doc Fest Kicks Off; Watch Chilling Trailers For Peru's POSEIDAS And DESAPARECER

Our newest Latin Beat column features contributions from Eric Ortiz Garcia in Mexico and Ernesto Zelaya Minano in Peru. First, Eric tells us about the Ambulante documentary festival and presents his top five picks. Next, Ernesto shares news about two chilling... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Exclusive: Have A Look At The Poster For Peter Greenaway's EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

Peter Greenaway's new film, Eisenstein In Guanajuato will premiere in the competition section at Berlin on Wednesday, February 11th. We have your first look at the new poster for the production. In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, Soviet... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas 2015 Dispatch: Award Winners Announced

The first edition of the San Cristóbal De Las Casas festival has reached its end. It was a nice way to begin the year and a second edition seems to be a given, as pretty much each and every screening... More »
  
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