2012

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Drought

Cuates de Australia

“In order to have a piece of land, you must suffer,” laments an old man in this poetic cinema verité film of a cattle-ranching community in Coahuila in northeastern Mexico. each year, the families must make an exodus during the dry season in search of water. During this time of exile, men and women, old and young await the first rains so that they can return to their lands. Stunningly photographed and delicately paced, Cuates de Australia is a frank, poignant portrait of a way of life on the verge of extinction.

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Passerby

Transeunte

With a phenomenal use of music, minimal dialogue, and beautifully textured black and white cinematography, Transeunte follows the story of Expedito, a retiree who has lost all ties with life. As he wanders through the bustling centre of Rio de Janeiro amongst so many other anonymous faces, he plays witness to the dramas of others that he observes in the streets. And yet, he passes by unnoticed, as though he has become an extra in his own life story. The routine of his days leads to a profound alienation that seems immovable.

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Expiration Date

Fecha de caducidad

In this off-the-wall macabre comedy, Ramona, a widow who becomes a compulsive wreck when her only son disappears, begins to frequent the morgue; the only clue she has to identify his body is a minor cut that she caused him when clipping his toenails. There she encounters Genaro, a handy-man who collects articles on crime, and she becomes obsessed with the idea that he is somehow connected to the disappearance of her son. The arrival of Mariana, an attractive young woman who appears to be fleeing from something, adds an unexpected twist to Ramona’s desperate search.

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We all have sinned

Todos hemos pecado

No one could ever have imagined that one day La Chingada Vieja would fall in love. Why? Because she’s always alone; because no one looks her way; because when they feel her approaching they cross themselves; but above all, because no one falls in love with Death. That is until El Hombre sin Nombre appears in her life. Only the confusion of an avenging town and the longing of four men to reach heaven could wrinkle the course of this True Love.

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The Student

El estudiante

Having dropped out of college twice before, the charming but directionless Roque arrives in Buenos Aires to resume his studies. He is soon drawn into a divisive political militancy that sweeps the campus. His amorous pursuit of Paula, who is a radical party spokesperson, leads him to start working under the tutelage of the mercurial leftist professor Acevedo. Roque unwittingly gets involved in a campaign that will teach him that student politics, for all its idealism, may be no less vulnerable to corruption and disillusionment than those of the larger society.

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Karen Cries on the Bus

Karen llora en un bus

After living ten years in a “gilded cage,” Karen decides to leave her husband and comfortable life. She wants to make a fresh start, find out who she is—or could be. But Karen has no job, no friends, and hardly any money. She finds a cheap room in the centre of Bogotá where she meets the free-spirited Patricia, a hairdresser caught up in dreams of alluring a rich Prince Charming. Karen must struggle for her independence against all the forces that insist she give up.

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Between Night and Day

Entre la noche y el dia

A deeply sensitive tale of a middle-aged autistic man named Francisco, who must live with his brother’s family because he is deemed unable to fend for himself. There he lives a solitary life, ignored and locked up. His only moments of freedom are his visits to the park where one day he finds a lost baby animal and secretly brings it home to look after it. However, its discovery will unleash a chain of events that will have Francisco struggling to regain the tiniest control over his destiny.

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The Last Elvis

El ultimo Elvis

If you are already an Elvis fan, you will identify strongly with the intrigue and pathos of this film. If you are not an Elvis fan, you may just find yourself converted. The far-reaching legacy and fanatic passion of this musical legend born in Mississippi in 1935 is wondrously depicted in Armando Bo's first feature film.

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Distance

Distancia

Tomás Choc is two days and 150 kilometres away from seeing Lucía, his only living daughter. It has been twenty years since she was kidnapped from their K’iche’ Mayan village by the army during the Guatemalan civil war; she was just three years old then. Tomás has kept a journal of his experience of struggle, resistance and survival, hoping that one day he would be reunited with his daughter and able to give it to her. As this deeply sensitive and beautifully crafted film portrays, a journey of this magnitude must cover a distance that is not merely physical.

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The Last Elvis

El ultimo Elvis

If you are already an Elvis fan, you will identify strongly with the intrigue and pathos of this film. If you are not an Elvis fan, you may just find yourself converted. The far-reaching legacy and fanatic passion of this musical legend born in Mississippi in 1935 is wondrously depicted in Armando Bo's first feature film.

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