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Money ExchangeMoney Exchange(Cambio, cambio)Lautaro García CandelaWhy you must-see this film. Because this lively ‘guerrilla’ film breathes an unmistakable porteño air and offers a first-hand experience of today’s Argentina in the news. It’s ...Home is Somewhere ElseHome is Somewhere Else(Mi casa está en otra parte)Carlos Hagerman, Jorge VillalobosWhy you must-see this film. Because it is the most authentic, multi-awarded animated feature documentary providing an unusual intimate window into the hearts and minds of immigrant Latin youth. ...CassandroCassandroRoger Ross WilliamsWhy you must-see this film. Because… is there anything cooler than having Gael García Bernal and reggaeton megastar Bad Bunny, directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, bring to ...The HeiressesThe Heiresses(Las Herederas)Marcelo MartinessiChela and Chiquita are both descended from wealthy families in Asunción and have been together for over 30 years. But recently, their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off ...BabygirlBabygirl(La Hembrita)Laura Amelia GuzmánWhy you must see this film. Because it is the jewel of the New Wave of Dominican Cinema. Unlike films such as Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ and Sebastiān Silva’s ‘La Nana’ ...AlegríaAlegríaVioleta SalamaWhy you must-see this film. Because it conveys the crucial message that the world needs: a story of reconciliation told by a Jewish woman, a Muslim, and a Christian living in Morocco. And ...Boca ChicaBoca ChicaGabriella A. MosesWhy you must-see this film. Because it is an example of the brilliant New Wave of Dominican Cinema. It tackles an incredibly important theme and it is written by the talented team behind ...Sun and DaughterSun and Daughter(Cuidando al sol)Catalina RazziniWhy you must-see this film. Because it is a feel-good debut film by Bolivian director Catalina Razzini, an incredible new talent to watch. It is a sensitive and beautifully crafted depiction in the ...That was LifeThat was Life(La vida era eso)David Martín de los SantosTwo Spanish women of different generations coincide in a hospital room in Belgium. Maria (Petra Martinez) has lived there for decades after emigrating in her youth, and Veronica (Anna Castillo) is a ...The Chess PlayerThe Chess Player(El Jugador de Ajedrez)Luis OliverosWith an impressive 42 Goya Award nominations and adapted from Julio Castedo’s novel, The Chess Player follows Chess champion Diego Padilla as he falls in love with French journalist Marianne ...Los HongosLos HongosOscar Ruiz NaviaDuring the day, “Ras” is a construction worker. At night after work, he tags the walls of his neighborhood east of Cali. Ras can’t sleep and is constantly daydreaming. His mother, ...On the Starting LineOn the Starting Line(La arrancada)Aldemar MatiasA powerful and moving documentary, On the Starting Line, follows Jennifer, an athlete who lives a permanent crisis of faith with the Cuban national sports federations. The camera captures ...The Bat WomanThe Bat Woman(La mujer murciélago)René CardonaA whacked-out scientist is capturing wrestlers (because they are “perfect”) and using their spinal fluid to create a Gill Man. Two cops call in Batwoman to investigate. She steals aboard the ...RojoRojoBenjamín NaishtatWhat was the Argentinian mindset immediately preceding Jorge Videla’s right-wing military coup? Director Benjamín Naishtat’s darkly funny, highly stylish film immerses itself in Argentina’s ...Without PrescriptionWithout Prescription(Receta No incluida)Juliana MaitéWhy you must see this film. Because it is an achievement for Puerto Rican cinema. It provokes a heated and productive conversation about mental health and health insurance systems. With a good pace ...LuchadorasLuchadorasPaola Calvo, Patrick JasimLuchadoras provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of three resilient female wrestlers in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, who courageously challenge traditional gender norms in the face of pervasive ...El BlancoEl BlancoAlejandro AndújarIn this tale of racism and gender violence, the woman is the center of the story. As a wife, daughter, or sister, Genesis must respond to a way of being and a way of life attentive to what the men ...Searching for OscarSearching for OscarOctavio GuerraA magnificent and entertaining feature-length documentary, with hints of fiction, about Oscar Peyrou, the film critic who doesn’t watch movies. Óscar Peyrou, film critic and President of ...Wandering GirlWandering Girl(Niña errante)Rubén MendozaA mesmeric journey of four half-sisters across Colombia blends the candor of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Our Little Sister with the sensuality of Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang to conjure up its own ...CarajitaCarajitaSilvina Schnicer, Ulises PorraFeaturing striking cinematography and outstanding performances, Carajita (which means annoying child) explores the tenuous relationship that exists between race, class, and family. Sarah, the ...My Brothers Dream AwakeMy Brothers Dream Awake(Mis hermanos sueñan despiertos)Claudia HuaiquimillaÁngel and his younger brother Franco have been incarcerated in a juvenile prison for a year. Despite the difficulties, they have formed a solid group of friends with whom they spend their days ...Bad InfluenceBad Influence(Mala junta)Claudia HuaiquimillaRebellious Tano is sent from Santiago to Southern Chile under the custody of his father whom he has not seen in years. In his new school, he meets Cheo, a shy boy who gets bullied for his ...SublimeSublimeMariano BiasinMariano Biasin’s acclaimed and tenderly observed coming-of-age film follows sixteen-year-old Manuel as he navigates adolescence in a small coastal town, hanging out with his girlfriend and ...Miúcha, The Voice of Bossa NovaMiúcha, The Voice of Bossa Nova(Miúcha, a voz da bossa nova)Liliane Mutti, Daniel Zarvos.Why you must-see this film. Because, for the first time, the backstage story of the Bossa Nova movement is told from the female perspective, explaining the untold ins and outs of the history of the ...This Stolen Country of MineThis Stolen Country of Mine(Nuestro país robado)Marc WieseChinese mining in Ecuador’s mountains sets the stage for an epic battle between eco-guerrillas and a corrupt government in an intensely dramatic documentary. This Stolen Country of Mine ...Seven DogsSeven Dogs(Siete Perros)Rodrigo GuerreroA canine family becomes the catalyst for human connection in this heartwarming film about a lonely man looking for a way to keep his seven dogs in his apartment despite the neighbors’ threats. ...The Good BossThe Good Boss(El buen patrón)Fernando León de AranoaA smash hit in Spain starring Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem, The Good Boss is an acerbic character study and a darkly funny social satire of the workplace. Blanco, the charismatic owner of a ...Parallel MothersParallel Mothers(Madres paralelas)Pedro AlmodóvarStarring Penélope Cruz in what could be the best performance of her career, Pedro Almodovar’s Parallel Mothers is an unabashed story of cascading twists and turns, thickening complications, ...My Emptiness and IMy Emptiness and I(Mi vacío y yo)Adrián SilvestreDirector Adrián Silvestre partners with co-writer and lead actress Raphaëlle Perez to create a colorful, layered portrait of a life in flux. Working in a call center in Barcelona after relocating ...In the HeightsIn the Heights(In the Heights)Jon M. ChuAn exuberant musical and visual feast created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights is a love letter to the Washington Heights neighborhood and an homage to the diverse Latinx communities of Upper ...Miriam LiesMiriam Lies(Miriam Miente)Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada The first dramatic feature by documentary duo Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada centers on a quinceañera celebration and shows how racial prejudices affect a teenage girl’s choices. “Miriam ...A Film About CouplesA Film About Couples(Una Película Sobre Parejas)Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada Directed by Miriam Lies’ award-winning team, Natalia Cabral y Oriol Estrada, A Film About Couples is equal parts a candid exposition of the cinematic industry and a joyful exploration of ...A Bruddah’s MindA Bruddah’s Mind(Cabeça de Nêgo)Déo CardosoBased on real events, this political drama fuses Brazilian history with international anti-racist movements. Saulo, a black introverted student and fan of the Black Panther Movement, challenges his ...The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be QuietThe Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet(El perro que no calla)Ana KatzAcclaimed Argentine auteur Ana Katz’s funny, adventurous, and bittersweet new film follows Sebastian’s peaceful life as it begins to crumble when he loses his job because of his dog’s ...Nudo MixtecoNudo Mixteco(Nudo Mixteco)Ángeles CruzTaking place in a rural Mixtec village in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, Nudo Mixteco follows the return of María, Esteban, and Toña, each from a different direction. Each of them has a different ...Drowning LettersDrowning Letters(Cartas Mojadas)Paula PalaciosThousands of people risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea every year in an attempt to reach the European shores. In her new film, renowned documentarian Paula Palacios sheds light on the ...Nobody’s WatchingNobody’s Watching(Nadie nos mira)Julia SolomonoffWhat happens when a man who is accustomed to being the centre of attention finds himself becoming invisible? When a life busked from cash in hand jobs trips into freefall? Julia Solomonoff’s ...The SleepwalkersThe Sleepwalkers(Los Sonámbulos)Paula HernándezACADEMY AWARD® ARGENTINA’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Following the path of Lucrecia Martel’s La Cienega, Paula Hernández places her film in that family reunion ...7 Reasons to Run Away (from Society)7 Reasons to Run Away (from Society)(7 raons per fugir (de la societat))Esteve Soler, Gerard Quinto, David TorrasBased on the plays by Esteve Soler, 7 Reasons to Run Away features seven surrealist visions of a dysfunctional society that does not progress. The family, the poor kid who appears on TV, the ...MachucaMachuca(Machuca)Andrés WoodACADEMY AWARD® CHILE’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM SECTION MODERN CLASSICS The story takes place in Santiago in 1973 in the days leading up to the military coup, and is based on ...This is CristinaThis is Cristina(Ella es Cristina)Gonzalo MazaFrances Ha is called Cristina in this Chilean generational comedy produced by Salma Hayek and directed by Gonzalo Maza, screenwriter of A Fantastic Woman and Gloria. Maza is renowned as one of ...BacurauBacurau(Bacurau)Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano DornellesACADEMY AWARD® BRAZIL’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM A few years from now… Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, ...On This Side of the WorldOn This Side of the World(A este lado del mundo)David TruebaOn This Side of the Wall is a deep and global look at migrations, borders, and the most insurmountable walls erected by mankind. Alberto, a dull and indolent engineer, is fired from his company ...And Your Mother TooAnd Your Mother Too(Y tu mamá también)Alfonso CuarónACADEMY AWARDS® BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY NOMINEE SECTION MODERN CLASSICS It has been twenty years since the making of And Your Mother Too, which became one of the iconic films that marked the ...Alice JuniorAlice Junior(Alice Júnior)Gil BaroniAlice Júnior is a carefree, spoiled trans YouTuber with everything she could ask for: an apartment in a cool beach town, a loving dad, her own advice vlog, an almost-win on Teen Top Model, and a ...Los LobosLos Lobos(Los Lobos)Samuel Kishi LeopoFollowing his success with We Are Mari Pepa, director Samuel Kishi Leopo approaches a more personal topic in the moving autobiographical film. With touches of The Florida Project, Los Lobos follows ...The Empty ClassroomThe Empty Classroom(El Aula Vacía)Gael García Bernal, Carlos Gaviria, Daniel and Diego Vega, Eryk Rocha, Flavia Castro, Lucrecia Martel, Mariana Chenillo, Nicolas Pereda, Pablo Fendrik, Pablo Stoll Ward, Tatiana Huezo Directed by Carlos Gaviria, Daniel and Diego Vega, Eryk Rocha, Lucrecia Martel, Mariana Chenillo, Nicolas Pereda, Pablo Fendrik, Pablo Stoll Ward, Tatiana Huezo. Nearly half of all young people in ...The City of the FutureThe City of the Future(A CIDADE DO FUTURO)Marília Hughes and Cláudio MarquesIn Serra do Ramalho, Brazil, young teacher Milla finds herself pregnant by her colleague Gilmar. Gilmar is in a relationship with Igor, but Milla asserts that the baby will belong to all three of ...Neither Hero Nor TraitorNeither Hero Nor Traitor(Ni héroe ni traidor)Nicolás SavignoneBuenos Aires, 1982. Matías (19) has recently finished his military service and dreams of going to Spain to study music far from a dictatorship. His problems come down to convincing his ...Perfect StrangersPerfect Strangers(Perfectos Desconocidos)Manolo CaroFrom Mexican director Manolo Caro (Netflix’s The House of Flowers) comes an electrifying comedy about a seemingly simple dinner party. When a group of best friends gets together during a lunar ...MonosMonosAlejandro Landes A crossroad between Apocalypse Now, Lord of the Flies, and Embrace of the Serpent, Alejandro Landes’s Monos tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels who run wild in the mountains of an ...Perro BombaPerro BombaJuan CáceresSteevens is a young Haitian immigrant living a challenging, but somewhat stable life in Santiago de Chile: he has a construction job, a home, friends, and fun. This precariously balanced life is ...The InfiltratorsThe InfiltratorsAlex Rivera, Cristina IbarraCristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera’s powerfully inventive docu-thriller — a prison escape drama in reverse — tells the incredible true story of Marco and Viri, two members of the Dreamer-led ...The Awakening of the AntsThe Awakening of the Ants(El despertar de las hormigas)Antonella Sudasassi Furniss For thoughtful, demure young housewife Isa, life in a lush, postcard-perfect Costa Rican seaside village is far from anyone’s idea of a dream. She is being pressured by her intrusive and ...MIGUELITO: A Song to Puerto RicoMIGUELITO: A Song to Puerto Rico(MIGUELITO: Canto a Borinquen)Sam ZubryckiIn 1973, the eleven-year-old Miguelito was discovered singing in San Juan airport by the legendary New York record producer Harvey Averne. Within a year, he went from the slums of Manuel A Perez to ...Urgent LoveUrgent Love(Amor Urgente)Diego LublinskyFresh and endearing, Urgent Love uses highly original photography and exceptional artwork to create the playful world where Agustina and Pedro fall in love. Agustina and her mother, an extroverted, ...Un TraductorUn Traductor(Un Traductor)Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastián BarriusoACADEMY AWARD® CUBA’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Based on the little-known true story of how twenty thousand Chernobyl victims were eventually treated in Cuba, Un ...Everybody KnowsEverybody Knows(Todos lo saben)Asghar FarhadiPenélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Ricardo Darín star in the new psychological thriller from Academy Award®-winning  director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman). The story follows Laura ...7 Weeks7 Weeks(7 Semanas)Constanza FigariCamila is a young dance student. She has a committed boyfriend and supportive family, but when she discovers she is pregnant, all that love and encouragement become a burden. Her boyfriend is ...Embrace of the SerpentEmbrace of the Serpent(El abrazo de la serpiente)Ciro GuerraACADEMY AWARD®  BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM NOMINEE A breathtaking ethnographic odyssey through the heart of the Colombian Amazon, Embrace of the Serpent  is the epic story of the first contact, ...The Future PerfectThe Future Perfect(El futuro perfecto)Nele Wohlatz Awarded Best First Feature at the Locarno International Film Festival, German-Argentinian newcomer Nele Wolatz’s The Future Perfect explores fractured relationships within culture, tradition, and ...Spider ThievesSpider Thieves(Niñas Araña)Guillermo HeloInspired by actual events, this teenage thriller is a unique social commentary on dreams, class, and unfulfilled expectations in contemporary Chile. Three teenage girls from a Santiago shanty town ...The CandidateThe Candidate(El Candidato)Daniel HendlerIn this wry and timely political comedy of manners, Martín Marchand, the son of a wealthy businessman, retreats to his lavish, secluded family estate with his most trusted confidants to start ...On The RoofOn The Roof(El Techo)Patricia RamosIn this feel-good ensemble dramedy, a flat rooftop in an old Havana neighborhood is the natural habitat for three friends who spend their days and nights dreaming about the future. Yasmani is an ...Summer 1993Summer 1993(Estiu 1993)Carla SimónFilmmaker may be available for a Q&A via Skype. Speaker fee: $300. Inquire at FILMCLUB@PRAGDA.COM. SPAIN’S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS ® In the summer of 1993, following the death ...The Queen of SpainThe Queen of Spain(La Reina de España)Fernando TruebaOscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba, brings together an all-star cast for a lavish homage to 1950s Spanish cinema. A spirited film-within-a-film, The Queen of Spain is an artful rendering of ...Memories of My FatherMemories of My Father(El olvido que seremos)Fernando TruebaBased on the legendary book Oblivion: A Memoir by the Colombian writer Héctor Abad Faciolince, and directed by Academy Award® winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Époque), the film tells of ...La SoledadLa Soledad(La Soledad)Jorge Thielen-Armand Handyman José lives with his family in La Soledad, a dilapidated villa located in what was once among Caracas’ most affluent neighborhoods. After learning that the villa’s owners are planning ...Ruben Blades is not my NameRuben Blades is not my Name(Yo no me llamo Ruben Blades)Abner BenaimACADEMY AWARD® PANAMA’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM. Latin American icon Ruben Blades, whose “thinking man’s salsa” has earned him praise as the Bob Dylan of ...The CompanionThe Companion(El Acompañante)Pavel GiroudStudy Guide Available. CUBA’S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS® Set in 1988 Cuba as the government dispatched HIV patients to AIDS centers under military rule, The ...The Padilla AffairThe Padilla Affair(El Caso Padilla)Pavel GiroudWhy you must-see this film. Because back in 1971, the affair was a global public outrage where more than 60 intellectuals, including Susan Sontag, Alberto Moravia, Jean-Paul Sartre, Mario Vargas ...Everybody LeavesEverybody Leaves(Todos se van)Sergio CabreraShot in Colombia (because the director didn’t get permission to film in Cuba) and featuring a cast consisting mostly of expatriate Cuban actors, Everybody Leaves is a celebration of freedom and a ...GuaraníGuaraní(Guaraní)Luis ZorraquínA heartfelt story, Guaraní follows fisherman Atilio as he travels with his granddaughter Iara to Buenos Aires. His great desire is to have a grandson to transmit the Guaraní culture. When he ...Ixcanul, VolcanoIxcanul, Volcano(Ixcanul, Volcán)Jayro BustamanteGUATEMALA’S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS® The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives ...TremorsTremors(Temblores)Jayro BustamanteIn this deeply personal follow-up to his landmark debut Ixcanul, Jayro Bustamante shifts his focus from rural Guatemala to the denizens of Guatemala City, but once again sets his sights on an ...The Second MotherThe Second Mother(Que horas ela volta?)Anna Muylaert BRAZIL’S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS® An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, The Second Mother dissects with both impeccable precision and humor such matters as ...Don’t Call Me SonDon’t Call Me Son(Mãe só há uma)Anna Muylaert Study Guide Available. This poignant coming-of-age film from Brazil is focused on Pierre, seventeen and in the middle of puberty. Ever since his father’s death, his mother Aracy has looked after ...The LiberatorThe Liberator(El Libertador)Alberto ArveloStarring Édgar Ramírez, The Liberator narrates the story of Simón Bolívar, who fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His ...Guie’dani’s NavelGuie’dani’s Navel(El Ombligo de Guie'dani (XQUIPI' GUIE'DANI))Xavi SalaIn a star-making performance, Sótera Cruz brings razor-sharp intensity to her portrayal of Guie’dani, a Zapotec girl determined to fight for her dignity. Guie’dani is dragged to Mexico City ...TrumanTruman(Truman)Cesc GayWhen Julián (super star Ricardo Darín, SFC’s Chinese Take-Away) receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomás (Javier Cámara), the encounter is bittersweet. This reunion, ...Even the RainEven the Rain(También la Lluvia)Icíar BollaínIn Even the Rain by Icíar Bollaín, filmmaker Sebastian (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia to make a film about Columbus’s voyage to ...Post MortemPost MortemPablo LarraínPablo Larraín first broke onto the international film scene when Tony Manero premiered at the Cannes Directors´ Fortnight. This Chilean director has now followed up with visceral Post Mortem. ...EmaEmaPablo LarraínAdoptive parents Ema (Variety’s 10 Latinxs To Watch 2020’s Mariana Di Girolamo) and Gastón (Gael García Bernal) are artistic free spirits in a contemporary dance troupe whose lives ...Here and ThereHere and There(Aquí y Allá)Antonio Méndez EsparzaWinner of the top prize at the Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival, Antonio Méndez Esparza’s directorial debut radiantly captures the complex homecoming of a loving father. In an ...Chico & RitaChico & RitaFernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono ErrandoOscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Calle 54) and Spain’s legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate their passion for the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of ...Eternal AmazonEternal Amazon(Amazônia Eterna)Belisario FrancaThe Amazon is a vast laboratory for sustainable experiments that are revealing new relationships among human beings, corporations, and the natural heritage crucial for life on the planet. This is ...Bad HairBad Hair(Pelo Malo)Mariana RondónA nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Junior ...Who is Dayani Cristal?Who is Dayani Cristal?(¿Quien es Dayani Cristal?)Marc SilverDeep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani ...Yvy Maraey, Land Without EvilYvy Maraey, Land Without Evil(Yvy Maraey, Tierra Sin Mal)Juan Carlos ValdiviaA Bolivian filmmaker and a Guaraní Indian travel together through the forests of southeastern Bolivia to make a film about the Guaraní people. The starting point is a 1911 film by Swedish explorer ...La YumaLa YumaFlorence JaugeyNicaragua’s first full-length feature in 20 years, La Yuma tells the story of a young woman who dreams of transcending her bleak life in the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. Looking beyond ...Clandestine ChildhoodClandestine Childhood(Infancia Clandestina)Benjamin ÁvilaBenjamín Ávila’s Clandestine Childhood (Infancia Clandestina) is an earnestly heartfelt cine-memoir based on the director/co-writer’s own tragic early life. Argentina, 1979. After years of ...Chinese Take-AwayChinese Take-Away(Un Cuento Chino)Sebastián BorenszteinArgentina’s national treasure, Ricardo Darín, is best known for his intense dramatic performances in films such as Nine Queens, The Aura, and the Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes, but ...