Spotlight Films Showcase
Our most popular showcase features crowd pleasing films, artful provocations, amazing documentaries, and some of the most recognizable stars (Damián Alcázar, Gael Garcia Bernal, Cecilia Suárez and Luis Gerardo Mendez) in unforgettable performances, each elevating their craft to create iconic and varied representations of the Latino experience.
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A los 40
Dir. Bruno Ascenzo
(Peru, 100 min., 2014, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy)
3/11 / 7:30 / S2
3/17 / 4:15 / S9
3/18 / 10:15 / S10
In one of Peru’s most successful comedies, a high school reunion brings together a group of friends for an unforgettable party. This opportunity to celebrate their past turns poignant when a series of events prepares them for the next stage in their lives. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Dir. Ives Rosenfeld
(Brazil, 71 min., 2015, Portuguese w/ English subtitles, Drama)
3/10 / 4:45 / S3
3/12 / 11:00 / DGC
Junior works late nights in a warehouse and dreams of being a top soccer player for his team in the small town of Saquarema. He is consumed with a growing jealousy when his best friend signs a professional contract. Additional pressures from home and his girlfriend push Junior to his emotional limit, resulting in a split-second decision that will alter his life forever. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Camino a la Paz
Dir. Francisco Varone
(Argentina, 92 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Road Trip / Dramedy)
3/10 / 5:15 / S1
3/16 / 4:05 / DGC
3/20 / 6:30 / S3
Sebastián (The Motorcycle Diaries’ Rodrigo de la Serna) is 35, unemployed, recently married, and living in Buenos Aires. A bit of a slacker, all he really has is his rock band and his father’s old Peugeot. He spots an opportunity after an elderly, ailing Muslim, Jalil, keeps calling, offering a huge sum of money to drive him around. Sebastian soon finds himself on the road to La Paz, Bolivia, from where Jalil hopes to make it to Mecca. Along the way, they acquire a dog, attend a Sufi ceremony, and get robbed blind. For Jalil, this represents a dream of a lifetime; for Sebastian, this may be just the beginning. Heartwarming and hilarious, this road movie spans generational, cultural, and religious divides on a tour across South America. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Dir. Michel Franco
(Mexico / France, 93 min., 2015, English, Drama)
3/19 / 8:45 / S9
3/20 / 2:15 / S2
In Michel Franco’s follow-up to the critically lauded Después de Lucía, Tim Roth plays a meticulous and efficient home care nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Although on the surface it appears his patients need him more than he needs them, nothing could be further for the truth in this tender and emotionally resonant Cannes winner. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Dir. Pablo Trapero
(Argentina / Spain, 110 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Biography / Crime / Drama)
3/11 / 7:00 / S3
3/16 / 6:30 / S2
3/20 / 11:30 AM / S9
In the dying days of Galtieri and his Dirty War, the Puccio family appears to be like any other high-class Argentine family. When they fall on hard times, the patriarch of the clan, Arquimedes (Guillermo Francella), makes up for it by following the government’s lead: kidnapping, extorting and murdering victims for large sums of money. Arquimedes pulls his eldest son, Alejandro, a professional rugby player, into his schemes while the rest of the family seems blissfully unaware, or chooses to ignore what is happening right under their noses. When the junta collapses, so does the Puccio family business. Based on a case that shook Argentina, this film asks what is the moral price of complicity. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Lo que lleva el río
Dir. Mario Crespo
(Venezuela, 104 min., 2015, Warao w/ English subtitles, Drama)
3/10 / 6:45 / S9
3/18 / 5:15 / S1
Dauna, a young indigenous woman, lives in the Orinoco Delta. Torn between her love for her husband, Tarsicio, and her desire to study, Dauna must decide whether to follow the traditional ways of her tribe or those of a foreign, modern world. Loosely based on a real story, the film is shot on location, with nonprofessional actors, and is the first Venezuelan film featuring Warao as the primary language. Spotlight Films Showcase.
La delgada línea amarilla
Dir. Celso R. García
(Mexico, 95 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)
3/12 / 9:45 / S1
3/16 / 7:00 / S1
3/19 / 6:50 / S9
Antonio (Damián Alcázar), a one time construction foreman fallen on hard times, works with four novices painting a line on a very long stretch of Mexican road before the rainy season sets in. The painting is slow, and before the last line is laid, the challenges they face will change their lives forever. The film co-stars Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Joaquín Cosio, and Fernando Becerril, and won three of the top awards at The Guadalajara International Film Festival, including the Audience Award. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Dir. Eduardo Ortiz
(Puerto Rico / Dominican Republic, 113 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy)
3/13 / 4:30 / S1
3/15 / 8:05 / DGC
3/19 5:00 / S1
In this hilarious comedy, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans living in the same community learn to put their differences aside to stop the demolition of a basketball court. Spotlight Films Showcase.
El elefante desaparecido
Dir. Javier Fuentes-León
(Peru / Colombia / Spain, 109 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Mystery / Thriller)
3/11 / 8:35 / DGC
3/16 / 4:45 / S1
3/19 / 6:15 / S10
A tantalizing mystery in the vein of El secreto de sus ojos, El elefante desaparecido follows popular crime novelist Edo Celeste after he receives a cryptic envelope on the eve of the publication of the final installment in his beloved “Felipe Aranda” detective series. The envelope, which contains a series of enigmatic photographs, may be a long-awaited clue to the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée seven years prior. As Celeste descends down a rabbit hole of strange occurrences, stumbling on a steady stream of new clues, his obsession becomes increasingly more complex and dangerous. His final destination will confront him with the ultimate riddle any writer could face. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Elvira, te daría mi vida pero la estoy usando
Dir. Manolo Caro
(Mexico, 108 min., 2014, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy)
3/10 / 7:40 / S1
3/13 / 7:50 / DGC
3/20 / 4:30 / S1
Manolo Caro’s (Amor de mis amores) newest film follows Elvira (Cecilia Suarez), as she begins investigating her husband’s whereabouts after he goes out for cigarettes and never comes back. The amateur sleuth finds herself in the middle of a mystery with unpredictable twists in her attempt to find the love of her life before suffering a breakdown. Co-starring Luis Gerardo Mendez (Nosotros los Nobles, Club de cuervos) and Carlos Bardem. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Eva no duerme
Dir. Pablo Agüero
(Argentina / France / Spain, 85 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)
3/13 / 7:15 / S1
3/19 / 8:00 / DGC
3/20 / 7:35 / S10
After a military coup in 1955, Juan Domingo Peron is deposed and forced to flee Argentina. He does so before ensuring proper arrangements for the embalmed body of his deceased wife, Eva Perón. The military junta kidnaps the body and launches a decades long odyssey in which the corpse is transported throughout Europe. Pablo Agüero’s visionary and unforgettable interpretation of Peron’s body’s journey is suspenseful, surreal, and features the supporting work of Gael Garcia Bernal at the peak of his acting powers. Spotlight Film Showcase.
Dir. Joaquín Oristrell
(Spain, 75 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama/ Comedy)
3/12 / 7:30 / S10
3/14 / 9:30 / S1
3/18 / 8:05 / DGC
Made up of 20 intertwining stories, Hablar, features 20 actors who come in and out the frame in one single long take. The action takes place on a single night in August at the entrance to the metro of Madrid’s Lavapiés Square and winds up on the stairs of the Sala Mirador, 500 metres away from where it started. It’s about love, misunderstandings, daily life, and the power of words and the energy of emotions. Hablar features many of Spain’s most popular actors, including Antonio de la Torre and Raúl Arévalo. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Dir. Jayro Bustamante
(Guatemala / France, 100 min., 2015, Kaqchikel, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
3/12 / 4:00 / S3
3/17 / 4:45 / S1
3/19 / 8:35 / S10
María, a young 17 year old Mayan girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation at the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her. Although Maria dreams of going to the “big city,” her condition as an indigenous woman does not permit her to change her destiny. Unforeseen circumstances put her life at risk, forcing her to go out into the modern world where her life is saved, but at a steep price. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Dir. Felipe Rodriguez
(Canada, 93 min., 2015, English, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Thriller)
3/15 / 6:15 / S9
3/19 / 4:30 / DGC
After a harrowing journey to “El Norte,” Wyler, a rogue “coyote,”imprisons his charges in his seemingly mundane residence in Phoenix, Arizona, which he has transformed into a prison. Based loosely on true events, Kidnap Capital is an engrossing thriller in which the captives must put aside their differences, band together, and execute the perfect escape before it’s too late. Spotlight Films Showcase.
La luz incidente
Dir. Ariel Rotter
(Argentina / France / Uruguay, 95 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Romance / Drama)
3/13 / 4:00 / S2
3/17 / 6:05 / DGC
3/18 / 6:45 / S9
Set in 1960’s Argentina, the story follows Luisa, who is trying to raise her twin daughters after her husband’s tragic death. When Luisa encounters an older, seductive stranger, she feels an immediate attraction. In the midst of her grief and desire to rebuild her family, Luisa has yet to stop and wonder why he seems so eager to make her his. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Dir. Salvador del Solar
(Peru /Argentina / Spain, 109 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)
3/13 / 6:50 / S10
3/17 / 8:05 / DGC
3/18 / 9:45 / S1
Magallanes (Damián Alcazar), an aging Peruvian taxi driver, supplements his meagre earnings by driving a former Colonel on daily excursions. When Magallanes unexpectedly runs into Celina, a woman the Colonel once held captive, he sees an opportunity to blackmail the Colonel’s family and change his fortunes. Will Magallanes give in to his impulses, or is he still in love with Celina after all these years? A darkly elegant tale of secrets, lies. and loyalty. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Mi gran noche
Dir. Álex de la Iglesia
(Spain, 100 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy)
3/13 / 6:15 / S2
3/16 / 9:55 / S9
3/20 / 8:05 / DGC
José has been sent by a talent agency to be an extra for a New Year’s special being filmed months in advance in Madrid. Hundreds of extras are stuck on the soundstage, celebrating a New Year’s that has yet to come. The two musical stars are locked in a battle for viewer, the two co-hosts are fighting and Jose is starting to fall for his dinner companion. From Alex de la Íglesia, the director of last year’s audience favorite, Messi, comes a madcap comedic look at the wacky world of TV specials. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Dir. Benjamin Naishtat
(Argentina / South Korea, 70 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama)
3/12 / 9:15 / S2
3/19 / 9:10 / S2
Anarchy reigns in war-ravaged Argentina during the 19th century in Benjamin Naishtat’s superb, stark, and daring second feature El movimiento. A group of men use the philosophy behind a doctrine known as “The Movement” to justify their pillaging as they try to establish the foundation of a new Argentine state. However, greed and corruption soon take over, splintering the faction and in the process giving way to an unexpected revolution. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Puerto Ricans in Paris
Dir. Ian Edelman
(USA, 81 min., 2015, English, Comedy)
3/10 / 6:30 / S10
3/18 / 10:00 / DGC
3/20/ 3:45 / S9
Presented by: Sprint
Community Partner: House of Puerto Rico
Luis Guzman, Rosie Perez, and Rosario Dawson star in this hilarious comedy about two very different New York counterfeit detectives investigating the stolen design for a highly sought after bag. The mystery takes them to Paris, where the bickering duo hope to crack the case and collect a huge reward in the process. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Rio, I Love You
Dirs. Guillermo Arriaga, Fernando Meirelles, John Turturro, et al.
(Brazil, 110 min., 2015, Portuguese w/ English subtitles, Romance / Drama)
3/20 / 7:00 / S1
The third episode of the Cities of Love franchise, Rio, I Love You is an anthology, created by 10 visionary directors from across the globe. The story line of each segment focuses on an encounter of love in a different neighborhood of the city, demonstrating the distinctive qualities and character of that location. The film serves to bridge gaps between cultures, educating and entertaining the audience while celebrating unique and universal expressions of love. Featuring segments directed by Guillermo Arriaga and John Turturro, with an all-star international cast including Rodrigo Santoro, Wagner Moura, Harvey Keitel, Vincent Cassel, and Emily Mortimer. Spotlight Films Showcase.
Un tango más
Dir German Kral
(Argentina / Germany, 85 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles)
3/18 / 7:15 / S2
Documentary director German Kral turns his camera on María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, two of the best known couples in the Tango world. In this beautifully photographed film full of stunning dance sequences, they recount their decades-long complicated history to a group of young Tango dancers, who transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of Juan and Maria’s lives into incredible tango-choreography. This beautifully shot choreography compliments the soul-searching interviews and documentary moments of the film to make this an unforgettable journey into the heart of the tango. Spotlight Films Showcase.