Feratum 2014 Dispatch, Day 1 & 2: WHY HORROR?, Mexican Selection, And More

For the second year in a row, I'm in Tlalpujahua, Michoacán covering the Feratum Film Fest for Twitch. Thursday, October 2 was the first day of the third edition of this Mexican genre festival and it kicked off for... More »
  

EL GIGANTE: Watch The Trailer For Gigi Saul Guerrero's Short

It was back in March when the Kickstarter campaign for Gigi Saul Guerrero's short film El Gigante was launched. It looked really great and, ultimately, the campaign was a complete success. Back then, I described the short as this:... More »
  

Exclusive: Your First Look At The MEXICO BARBARO Horror Anthology Trailer

Hola, mis hermanos! We have the online premiere of the trailer for the Mexican horror anthology México Bárbaro! The trailer was first shown to an audience at a public conference during the Macabro International Horror Film Festival at the end of... More »
  

Latin Beat: GENESIS NIRVANA, FUERZAS ESPECIALES, LA ENTITAD, THE NAKED ROOM, Plus Fantastic Fest Movie Posters

Three of our correspondents who are based in Latin America have kindly provided updates on what's opening in theaters locally in the next week or two, along with posters and trailers. Chile, Peru, and Mexico are represented in those reports.Those... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: THE STRANGER Delivers A Mixed Bag

Directed by Guillermo Amoedo and executive produced by Eli Roth and Nicolas Lopez (who collaborated on Aftershock, The Green Inferno, and next year's home invasion thriller Knock, Knock with Keanu Reeves), The Stranger is a vampire film that doesn't scream... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: HIGH FIVE Revels In Drug-Fueled Mayhem

Manuel Facal's High Five (Relocos y Repasados) is an Uruguayan stoner comedy that belongs in the company of the greats. While drug movies have been around for at least 50 years, it wasn't until the legendary Lou Adler's adaptation of the... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Second Wave Of Films: ABCs OF DEATH 2, V/H/S: VIRAL, DER SAMURAI, WHY HORROR?, And More

The upcoming third edition of Feratum (October 2-5 in Tlalpujahua, Mexico) is undoubtedly a very promising genre celebration. If the official selection announcement brought few renowned titles, now the second wave is precisely full of those. ABCs of Death 2 and... More »
  

Watch Sentai Inspired Uruguayan Scifi Short Z!

Here's a little something unexpected from the halls of the Mercado Fantastico at Fantastic Fest: A scifi / action short film from Uruguay with La Casa Muda director Gustavo Hernandez as an executive producer and Local God writer Santiago Gonzalez... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch The Teaser For Fantastic Fest And Sitges Selection THE INCIDENT

Just days before Isaac Ezban's science fiction picture The Incident (El Incidente) premieres in North America at Austin's Fantastic Fest, the first teaser trailer has arrived online courtesy of Cine Caníbal, the company that will distribute the film next year... More »
  

Morelia 2014: First Wave Of International Films Led By WINTER SLEEP, THE TRIBE, And More

The 12th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (October 17-26) is taking shape and now the first wave of international titles has been announced. It is what you would expect from Mexico's top film festival and reaffirms the bond... More »
  

Macabro 2014 Review: Leopoldo Laborde's PIEL ROTA, No-Budget Horror At Its Best

Leopoldo Laborde is a veteran Mexican guerrilla filmmaker. Piel Rota his 19th production. It world premiered at Macabro 2014 and it is another no budget movie, but one in which you can see the director's experience of 20+ years reflected... More »
  

Marko Zaror Kicks Ass In First Exclusive Clip From REDEEMER

Chilean martial artist Marko Zaror will explode on screen at Fantastic Fest with the world premiere of Redeemer - his latest team up with writer director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza - tomorrow afternoon but for those who can't wait to see... More »
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Review: Great Performances And A Gritty Ending Make THE QUISPE GIRLS A Must See

One of the most anticipated Chilean movies of last year was this particular approach and almost austere way of film-making that was The Quispe Girls, but no film festival in Chile managed to snag it in 2013. Being selected in... More »
  

MICGénero 2014 Presents The Lukas Moodysson Retrospective In 35mm

During its ongoing third edition, the International Film Festival with Gender Perspective (MICGénero) is presenting a fantastic retrospective dedicated to Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson, who might be best known in Mexico for directing last year's marvelous punk rock/coming of age... More »
  

Review: CANTINFLAS, A Romanticized Biopic

Actor Óscar Jaenada might be Spanish but he was the perfect choice to play the role of Mario Moreno, also known as "Cantinflas," one of Mexico's most beloved and legendary comedians. In Sebastián del Amo's Cantinflas, Jaenada delivers a performance... More »
  

Latin Beat: Chile's Valdivia Film Festival, Peru's SECRETO MATUSITA Trailer, Mexico's Nordic Cinema Program, Brazil's ISOLADOS Trailer

Welcome to a new edition of our column on Latin American cinema! Why is Chile's Valdivia Film Festival considered to be "the best in South America"? What makes Secreto Matusita such an intriguing found-footage thriller, especially for those in Peru? What connection... More »
  

Festival Do Rio 2014: SPRING, TOKYO TRIBE And OVER YOUR DEAD BODY In Midnight Lineup

If you happen to find yourself at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival between September 24 and October 8, you might want to check out their Midnight lineup. It is chock -- chock I tells ya! -- full of... More »
  

CANTINFLAS Is Mexico's Submission For The Academy Awards, LA DICTADURA PERFECTA Goes For The Goya

After the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences (AMACC) revealed which films were going to be considered for the 2015 Academy and Goya Awards, I said the "clear favorites" were the Cantinflas biopic and the political satire La Dictadura... More »
  

MICGénero 2014 Review: MI VIDA ES UN ALBUR, Or, Being A Tough Woman In Tepito

Mi Vida Es Un Albur is a documentary set in the "barrio bravo" Tepito, one of Mexico's toughest neighborhoods. Located in downtown Mexico City, very near Garibaldi and the Palace of Fine Arts, Tepito is best known for its enormous... More »
  

Mórbido 2014: Fest Moves To Puebla

Some days ago it was confirmed that the magic town of Pátzcuaro, Michoacán is no longer home to the Mórbido Film Fest, one of Mexico's top genre festivities and a favorite of the Twitch folk. The reason is clear: the government's... More »
  
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