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ABRAZOS: TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES
Directed by Daniel Rivas, 2003
This faithful and exhilarating representation of the 5th Buenos Aires Tango Festival brings to the screen all the squeezes of the accordion, quick kicks, and guttural songs of heartbreak, deceit and national pride. Today's biggest names in tango perform onstage and off, from the hilariously tense preparations to dozens of performances and intimate interviews with established and rising stars. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Directed by Maria Luisa Bemberg, 1984
"A bare outline fails to do justice to this powerful indictment of repression..." (Faber Companion to Foreign Films
). An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. A priest falls in love and has to run for his life.
Directed by Pablo Trapero, 1999
The cranes of Crane World
are the construction, not avian, kind. They underscore Argentina's struggle to recover from financial disaster and find its place in the world economy. And they represent a dream for Rulo, the overweight, middle-aged, chain-smoking hero. In Spanish with English subtitles.
DARK SIDE OF THE HEART
Directed by Eliseo Subiela, 1992
From the director of Man Facing Southeast
comes this parable about a narcissistic poet in search of the perfect woman. Spanish with English subtitles.
DON'T DIE WITHOUT TELLING ME WHERE
Directed by Eliseo Subiela, 1995
Dario Grandinetti (Talk to Her
) stars in this startling, mind-bending romantic drama from Argentina's master of magical realism, director Eliseo Subiela (Dark Side of the Heart, Man Facing Southeast
). Grandinetti stars as Leopoldo, a lonely film projectionist who has invented a machine to record his dreams. Spanish with English subtitles.
Directed by Juan Carlos Desanzo, 1996
The life of iconic Argentine leader Eva "Evita" Peron is chronicled in this engrossing biography filmed by fellow Argentine, Juan Carlos Desanzo. Peron's stormy life, which tragically ended at age 33, is brought to the screen with the same passion with which she lived it. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Directed by Lucho Bender, 2000
In a series of wry coincidences, an overworked stand-up comic, a successful writer, a young father and a handsome doctor cross paths as they try to make it through a night of most peculiar circumstances. In Spanish with English subtitles.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR EYES HAVE DONE TO ME
Directed by Sergio Wolf & Lorena Muñoz, 2003
Argentine singer and tango legend Ada Falcón disappeared without a trace in 1942, at the height of her career.
Sixty years later, the filmmakers trace the life of the enigmatic performer in this unique documentary, told in the style of a classic thriller. The investigation finally locates the reclusive superstar, sequestered away as a Franciscan nun. In Spanish with English subtitles.
JEWS IN SPACE
Directed by Gabriel Lichtmann, 2005
A comedy-drama about a Jewish family in Buenos Aires who come together to celebrate the holiday, despite petty jealousy, mismatched romantic feelings, and a suicidal patriarch. In Spanish with English subtitles.
A KING AND HIS MOVIE
Directed by Carlos Sorin, 1985
Winner of Spain's Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film and the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this is a funny, surreal, and touching look at the obsessions of a filmmaker. Trying to make a movie about the real-life story of a historical figure who proclaimed himself the King of Patagonia, a film director finds that his own dreams of cinematic grandeur are quick to fall victim to the intrusion of reality.
LAST IMAGES OF THE SHIPWRECK
Directed by Eliseo Subiela, 1985
Eliseo Subiela (Dark Side of the Heart
) directs this eye-opening, metaphysical film about the force of dreams and imagination. Roberto is an insurance agent who finds the subject for his novel in a prostitute who fakes suicide to find customers. Spanish with English subtitles.
MÉXICO, THE FROZEN REVOLUTION
Directed by Raymundo Gleyzer, 1970
Using rare newsreel footage of Pancho
Villa and Emiliano Zapata, Gleyzer connected the
betrayal of the 1910 Mexican Revolution with the
failure of revolution in his own time. At risk to his
own safety, he then exposed the PRI -- the party
that governed Mexico for almost 70 years -- as
corrupt. In Spanish with English subtitles.
MEXICO, THE FROZEN REVOLUTION:
THE FILMS OF RAYMUNDO GLEYSER
Argentine documentary filmmaker Raymundo Gleyzer helped found Cine de la Base
, a group with close ties to Grupo Cine Liberación
and other "third cinema" movements of the late '60s and early '70s. This 3-disc set includes Mexico: The Frozen Revolution
, The Traitors
and five b&w shorts. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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Directed by Lisandro Alonso, 2004
Gorgeously shot in the Argentine jungle, Los Muertos is a hypnotic and austere investigation of the boundaries between nature and civilization--and the violence that lurks within both.
Directed by Maria Luisa Bemberg, 1982
Maria Luisa Bemberg (Camila
) directs this stirring film about a woman (Luisina Brando) undergoing a drastic life change after leaving her family due to her husband's extramarital affairs. Spanish with English subtitles.
PIZZA, BEER AND SMOKES
Directed by Adrian Caetano & Bruno Stagnaro, 1998
An instant cult hit in its native Argentina, Pizza, Beer and Smokes
is a gritty documentary style drama that captures the chaos of life on the streets of poverty stricken Buenos Aires and showcases the hot, fresh talent coming out of South America. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Directed by Juan Villegas, 2001
The lives of six young people intersect one Saturday in a desolate Buenos Aires. In the solitude of the city, they unsuccessfully look for a vision that will bring a change to their routine. In Spanish with English subtitles.
SI SOS BRUJO: A STORY OF TANGO
Directed by Caroline Neal, 2005
Si Sos Brujo
is a heartfelt, inspiring film that could do for Argentine Tango what the Buena Vista Social Club
did for the music and musicians of Cuba -- illuminating an evolving culture, a way of life and the triumph of preserving one of the most intricate musical traditions of the world, following nearly 50 years of relative obscurity. In Spanish with English subtitles.
SPOILS OF WAR
Directed by David Blaustein, 2000
An important film detailing the struggle to discover the truth behind Argentine's "Dirty War" of the late 1970s and early 1980s, where tens of thousands of students, leftists, dissidents, and their associates "disappeared" without a trace, most likely abducted, jailed or killed by the Argentine military dictatorship. Filmmaker David Blaustein spent three years interviewing the group, called the "Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo," who relate the brave actions taken when confronted with the government's refusal to disclose the truth. "Heart-wrenching and necessary" (L.A. Weekly
). In Spanish with English subtitles.
TANGO: OUR DANCE
Directed by Jorge Zanada, 1988
A fascinating exploration of the tango's complicated role within the social and personal landscape of Argentina. With a special appearance by Robert Duvall. Spanish with English subtitles.
Directed by Raymundo Gleyzer, 1973
only fiction film, skillfully interweaves documentary
footage with fictional scenes to trace the
Peronista movement during the most explosive
era in Argentina’s history. Also included of the
short films Our Malaysian Islands
. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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