Fénix Awards Pre-selection 2017

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*Films not in IMDB
El año del apocalipsis by Rafael Arevalo
En un rincón del alma by Jorge Dalton
Girasoles de Nicaragua by Florence Jaugey
Mutlab by Elena Gutierrez
Resonancia by Jose Saldaña
Severo Secreto by Cruz Gustavo Perez & Oneyda Gonzalez
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Amazona (2016 Documentary)
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This is the story of Val and Clare: a mother and a daughter. After the tragic death of her eldest daughter... (80 mins.)
 
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Arábia (2017)
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Andre is a young boy that lives in an industrial neighborhood in Ouro Preto, Brazil, near an old aluminum factory. One day he finds a notebook from one of the factory workers. (97 mins.)
 
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As Duas Irenes (2017)
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In the shimmering heat of Brazil, 13-year-old Irene discovers a dark secret her father's been hiding: he has another family and even another daughter with the same name. (89 mins.)
Director: Fabio Meira
 
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Atrás hay relámpagos (2017)
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A brightly shot carefree movie where problems and reality are kept just on the fringe of the storyline... (82 mins.)
 
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Beduino (2016)
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A curious couple, whose existence takes place where art arises along a singular metaphysical desire. They search for it through repeated and varied representations, in a setting of light where hope and desperation blend together. (75 mins.)
Director: Júlio Bressane
 
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Belén (2016 Documentary)
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Hands of earth, crystal eyes, ancestral bridge through time, gender and race. Immortal humble wise noble warrior... (94 mins.)
 
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Carpinteros (2017)
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Julián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic's Najayo Prison... (106 mins.)
 
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Casa Roshell (2017)
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Casa Roshell is a haven for men who want to be women but cannot do so in their daily lives. (71 mins.)
 
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Colo (2017)
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In Portugal, a father, a mother and a daughter's daily lives are being subsumed by the effects of the economic crisis. (136 mins.)
 
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Comboio de Sal e Açucar (2016)
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A very dangerous train journey through war torn Mozambique. Civilian passengers are both protected and... (93 mins.)
Director: Licinio Azevedo
 
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Como me da la gana II (2016 Documentary)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Ignacio Agüero
 
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Cuatreros (2016)
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I go after the footsteps of Isidro Velázquez, the last gaucho raised from Argentina and, as the search for lost time is always erratic. (83 mins.)
Director: Albertina Carri
 
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El Amparo (2016)
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At the end of the 80's, by the creeks of the Arauca river, near the Colombian-Venezuelan border, two... (99 mins.)
 
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El auge del humano (2016)
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A 3-country observation of the millenials in Argentina, Mozambique, and the Philippines. (100 mins.)
 
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El Candidato (2016)
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"The Candidate" delivers a behind-the-scenes tale of a campaign being run in an effort to get nondescript... (80 mins.)
Director: Daniel Hendler
 
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El ciudadano ilustre (2016)
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A recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, who has been living in Europe for decades, accepts an invitation to receive a prize. In Argentina he finds both similarities and irreconcilable differences with the people of his hometown. (118 mins.)
 
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El futuro perfecto (2016)
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A smart and innovative look at the possible futures of a young Chinese immigrant to Buenos Aires, told in the stilted language of an elementary Spanish textbook. (65 mins.)
Director: Nele Wohlatz
 
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El hombre de las mil caras (2016)
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The story of a man who fooled an entire country. A tale of cheats and impostors, taking its inspiration from true facts and from one of the most intriguing characters of recent decades: the spy Francisco Paesa. (123 mins.)
 
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El Invierno (2016)
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After years of working on an 'estancia' in Patagonia, the Old Foreman is forced to retire and a younge'r man takes his place. The change is difficult and challenging for both men. Each one must survive the oncoming winter. (95 mins.)
Director: Emiliano Torres
 
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El limonero real (2016)
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Director: Gustavo Fontán
 
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El otro hermano (2017)
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Cetarti, a public employee who has just been fired, travels from Buenos Aires to Lapachito, a lonely town in the Chaco province... (112 mins.)
 
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El Pacto de Adriana (2017 Documentary)
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An astonishing documentary about a woman who is looking about her aunt past during Pinochet's period in Argentina. (96 mins.)
Director: Lissette Orozco
 
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El Paletero (2016)
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After the tragic death of his mother, Carlos, "El Paletero" goes into an epic journey to recover her ashes in a far away town.
Director: Michael Bendeck
 
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El teatro de la desaparición (2017 Documentary)
(120 mins.)
 
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El Techo (2016)
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(75 mins.)
Director: Patricia Ramos
 
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El Vigilante (2016)
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A night guard has to deal with a bizarre and improbable series of events in the most important night of his life. (75 mins.)
Director: Diego Ros
 
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Era O Hotel Cambridge (2016)
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Shows the unusual situation of homeless Brazilians movement and refugees that squat together an abandoned building in downtown Sao Paulo. The daily tension caused by the treat of eviction reveals the dramas and joys. (99 mins.)
Director: Eliane Caffé
 
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Estiu 1993 (2017)
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After her mother's death, six-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle's family to live with them in the countryside. But Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life. (97 mins.)
 
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Etiqueta no rigurosa (2017 Documentary)
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A couple in love from Baja California Mexico are in the middle of the preparations for a huge wedding, the only problem is that their marriage is not legal, since they are both male. (92 mins.)
 
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Gabriel e a montanha (2017)
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Before entering a prestigious American university, Gabriel Buchmann decided to travel the world for one year... (131 mins.)
Director: Fellipe Barbosa
 
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Hermia & Helena (2016)
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Hermia & Helena is a film of dead ends and new beginnings, navigating different hemispheres and languages with amorous detours, where the written words of Shakespeare clash with the entanglements of modern, digital life. (87 mins.)
 
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Jeffrey (2016)
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A kid from the street that dreams of becoming a reggaeton singer but everything around him make it impossible. Jeffrey has to solve his family problems before trying to achieve his dream. (78 mins.)
Director: Yanillys Perez
 
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Jesús (2016)
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When the flesh of your flesh is rotten, will you go to any extend to protect your own? Or will you cut them lose? Jesus is a story of the ultimate betrayal. (85 mins.)
 
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Joaquim (2017)
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A partly fictional, partly historical account of the life of Brazil's national hero Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, alias Tiradentes. (97 mins.)
Director: Marcelo Gomes
 
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Júlia ist (2017)
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Júlia, a Catalan architecture's student of 21 years old, goes to Berlin thanks to an Erasmus grant. Once there... (90 mins.)
Director: Elena Martín
 
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Kimura (2017)
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(90 mins.)
 
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Kékszakállú (2016)
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Several young daughters of rich industrialists examine in an equally intangible and compelling way the physical and spiritual aspects of a cultural recession. (72 mins.)
 
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La Cordillera (2017)
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The president of Argentina, Hernán Blanco, is facing a very important decision. He is participating in a meeting between different state leaders... (114 mins.)
Director: Santiago Mitre
 
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La defensa del dragon (2017)
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(79 mins.)
Director: Natalia Santa
 
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La familia (2017)
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Andres (35) and his son Pedro (12) live in blue-collar neighborhood of Caracas and they hardly see each other... (82 mins.)
 
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La Felicidad del Sonido (2016 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
An ode to sound, that mysterious, invisible and intangible phenomenon that brings pleasure and togetherness - and sometimes irritation. (60 mins.)
 
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La hora azul (2014)
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Adrian, a successful lawyer, discovers dark secrets from his father's past that threaten his well-earned reputation.
 
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La Libertad del Diablo (2017 Documentary)
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A documentary about the violence on Mexico tell from the word of those who have suffer the pain and those who make the pain. (74 mins.)
 
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La luz en el cerro (2016)
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The mysterious death of a mountain shepherd awakens greed and superstition in a remote Peruvian village. (85 mins.)
Director: Ricardo Velarde
 
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La mujer del animal (2016)
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Amparo flees the convent and lands in a marginal neighborhood at her sister's house. Cousin Libardo becomes infatuated with Amparo... (120 mins.)
Director: Víctor Gaviria
 
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La Novia del Desierto (2017)
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It tells the story of Teresa, a 54-year-old woman who works as a domestic employee in a family home in Buenos Aires... (78 mins.)
 
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La película de nuestra vida (2016)
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(81 mins.)
 
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La reconquista (2016)
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Manuela and Olmo meet again in a future as they had promised fifteen years earlier as teenagers, when they lived their first love. (108 mins.)
Director: Jonás Trueba
 
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La región salvaje (2016)
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A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction. (98 mins.)
Director: Amat Escalante
 
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La Última Tarde (2016)
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(81 mins.)
Director: Joel Calero
 
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Las hijas de Abril (2017)
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Valeria is 17 and pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta with Clara, her half sister. Valeria has not wanted her long-absent mother... (103 mins.)
Director: Michel Franco
 
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Las Mujeres Deciden (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Maria, a young Spanish doctor, works in a maternity hospital in the Ecuadorian rain forest. She is shocked...
Director: Xiana Yago
 
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Los Perros (2017)
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Follows the story of a woman in her forties who becomes friend with an ex colonel and riding instructor with a shady past. (94 mins.)
Director: Marcela Said
 
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Mala Junta (2016)
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Against the backdrop of an impending environmental crisis, two troubled adolescents strive to find their place in the world in this stirring debut film from Chile, which weaves together political themes both social and personal. (89 mins.)
 
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María (y los demás) (2016)
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Ever since her mum died, María has taken care of her father and her siblings. That's why her father's announcement of marriage to his nurse brings María's world crashing down around her. At the age of 35, she'll have to change her fate. (90 mins.)
Director: Nely Reguera
 
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Martírio (2016 Documentary)
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A analysis about the violence and the struggle suffered by the Guarani Kaiowá group, one of the biggest Indian populations of Brazil. (162 mins.)
 
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Medea (2017)
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María José is 25. Her life moves back and forth between the monotony of class at the university, her eternally distant parents... (70 mins.)
 
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Mirando al cielo (2016 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(64 mins.)
 
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Mona, tesoro del Caribe (2017 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Mona is a beautiful, distant, mythic and mysterious island, and recently a place where migrants from Haiti and Cuba arrive. Above all it is a Caribbean treasure.
Director: Sonia Fritz
 
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Niñato (2017)
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Jobless and with no prospects, "Niñato" (Kid) lives with his parents and does hip-hop music. He lives the life of the outskirts... (72 mins.)
Director: Adrián Orr
 
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No Intenso Agora (2017 Documentary)
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Between 1966 and 1968, the world was faced with revolutionary movements in France, Czechoslovakia, Brazil and China... (127 mins.)
 
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O Ornitólogo (2016)
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Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track. (117 mins.)
 
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Pariente (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Mariana, Willington's eternal love, is preparing her marriage with René, the cousin of her ex boyfriend... (115 mins.)
Director: Iván Gaona
 
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Que Dios nos perdone (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Inspectors Velarde and Alfaro must find what appears to be a serial killer. This hunt against the clock will make them realize something they'd never thought about: neither one of them is that different from the killer. (127 mins.)
 
69.
Rey (2017)
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In 1860, a French lawyer dreamed of becoming the King of Patagonia. And he did just that. Or so it seems. (91 mins.)
Director: Niles Atallah
 
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Green River. The Time of the Yakurunas (2017 Documentary)
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Guided by ayahuasca chants, GREEN RIVER. THE TIME OF THE YAKURUNAS is a poetic journey into the depths of the Amazon. The film explores the perception of time in three small villages intertwined by the flowing waters of the Amazon river. (70 mins.)
 
71.
Sambá (2017)
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Sambá is a sports drama about redemption through the metaphor of life and boxing.
 
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Santa & Andrés (2016)
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The story of an improbable friendship between a revolutionary country girl and a noncompliant gay writer she has to watch over for three consecutive days. (105 mins.)
Director: Carlos Lechuga
 
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Señorita María, la falda de la montaña (2017 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Maria Luysa lives in Boavita, one of the most conservative Catholic villages in Colombia. She is 45 years old and though she was born male... (90 mins.)
Director: Rubén Mendoza
 
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Sin muertos no hay carnaval (2016)
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Everything begins with a stray bullet... And a wealthy young man trying to evict 250 families who are... (100 mins.)
 
75.
Spell Reel (2017)
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(96 mins.)
Director: Filipa César
 
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Sueño en otro idioma (2017)
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When a language dies, a unique vision of the world is lost forever. (103 mins.)
 
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São Jorge (2016)
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In 2011 Portugal began the so-called "year of the Troika" (EU, IMF and ECB budget cuts and economic restructuring)... (112 mins.)
Director: Marco Martins
 
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Tarde para la ira (2016)
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A hard-working single mother and wife of a getaway driver who is about to be released is approached by an unassuming and gentle man, completely unaware though of his inscrutable and utterly impelling motives. (92 mins.)
Director: Raúl Arévalo
 
79.
A Monster Calls (2016)
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A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness. (108 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
 
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Una Mujer Fantástica (2017)
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Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend. (104 mins.)
 
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Viejo Calavera (2016)
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'There is nothing inside but you, a jorney deep inside yourself, a darker kind of journey.' (80 mins.)
Director: Kiro Russo
 
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X500 (2016)
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Thousands of kilometers apart, three young migrants undergo mental, emotional, and physical transformations in order to survive the violence of their new worlds. (104 mins.)
 
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Yo Soy Un Político (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Carlos is an ex-convict looking for a job where he can make a lot of money without putting in a lot of work... (90 mins.)
 
84.
Últimos días en La Habana (2016)
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A Cuban man dying of AIDS in Havana.
Director: Fernando Pérez