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Feratum 2015 Unleashes First Wave, Led By TURBO KID And THE EDITOR

In exactly one month, the fourth edition of Feratum (October 1-4) will kick off in Tlalpujahua, Michoacán. Let's check out then the films announced so far. The official competitive selection is composed of five different sections: Mexican Features, Mexican Shorts,... More »
  

Santiago 2015 Announces Winners, Led By SURIRE And THE WOLFPACK

The 2015 edition of the Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine (SANFIC) concluded this past weekend, and an international jury has announced their prize-winners in three competitive categories. More than 90 films from 20 countries screened during the festival, which is... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

LA MEMORIA DEL AGUA Trailer Puts A Relationship To The Test

The trailer for La Memoria del Agua (The Memory of Water) effectively establishes an unhappy, moody tone for its tale of a young couple whose relationship is put to the test after a tragic accident. Elena Anaya and Benjamin Vicuna star.... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch: FRANKENSTEIN, ROAD GAMES, SCHERZO DIABOLICO, And More

Four days in, and FrightFest has entered that bleary-eyed state of exhaustion where everything, on or off screen, seems hallucinatory, and conversations outside the cinema take on a rambling, incoherent trajectory. Everyone is starting to assume the muttered drawl and... More »
By Anton Bitel   
  

Peruvian Horror: Second Teaser For PERVERSOS And First Trailer For CEMENTERIO GENERAL 2

This week saw the release of two trailers for horror movies, probably the most popular genre in Peruvian films. First up, director Diego Mezarina shares more material from his upcoming extreme horror gorefest Perversos. In this short teaser, the focus... More »
  

Opening This Week: Watch Trailers For Docos AVENIDA LARCO And DAUGHTER OF THE LAKE

Here in Peru, documentaries are rare in our theatres; Peruvian docos, even more so. The fact that two of them are getting released this week is quite an event. Read more about them -- and watch the trailers -- below.... More »
  

Exclusive Clip: THE SECOND MOTHER, Ice Cream And A Stubborn Girl

Heading for release in select theaters this coming Friday, August 28, The Second Mother (original title: Que horas ela volta) promises a complex view of domestic help and class barriers. We have an exclusive clip to give a taste of what... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Interview: Phono-Cinema Directors On Mexico's Film And Music Exhibition

How can a little film exhibition stand out in Mexico, where practically every week there's a film festival of some sort going on? Phono-Cinema, the international exhibition of cinema and music, has an idea: being a platform in Mexico to... More »
  

PERVERSOS: Peruvian Horror Goes Extreme In Trailer And Stills

So far, Peruvian horror movies have stuck to a formula: ghost and haunted house stories that use the found footage format. They're more about building atmosphere and doling out some jump scares. No director has gone in the opposite direction,... More »
  

Lima 2015 Review: THE FIRE (EN INCENDIO) Consumes A Relationship And Makes You Watch

Brutal and horrifying are words you'd normally use to describe a horror movie, not a relationship drama, but The Fire (El Incendio), from first-time director Juan Schnitman, earns them. It has nothing to do with ghosts or monsters, but it's... More »
  

Lima 2015 Review: DOS BESOS, A Melodrama With Some Surprises

Peruvian director Francisco J. Lombardi has worked steadily since the late 70s, having made 18 films; not a small feat in a country where making movies is a difficult task. The Lima Film Festival is one of the longest running... More »
  

ENDLESS POETRY: New Jodorowsky Film Swings Into Second Half Of The Shooting Process

The pope of esoteric midnight films returned after 23 years from filmmaking limbo in a poetical semi-autobiopic The Dance of Reality, which saw him also reunited with his former producer Michel Seydoux since their paths parted after Dune´s non-realisation. The 86-year... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Santiago 2015: SANFIC Announces New Sections, Including Blood Window Galas

This year, the Santiago International Film Festival (SANFIC) will take place August 25-30, and will present more than 90 films, including 22 Latin American premieres, 11 worldwide premieres, and 38 local debuts. It will also feature a new horror section,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

CrowdFund This: NONA, Strange Fires And A Mysterious Woman In Chile

In one of the more unusual crowdfunding videos I've seen, Josefina Ramirez talks about her method of choosing roles: "I don't have to read scripts ... Just tell me the theme, and from that I make my own deductions." Now,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Latin Beat: Watch KM SIN RETORNO Trailer, Plus THE HELL WITHIN Seeks Funding

We have details -- and trailers -- for two fascinating projects. The first is a sequel to a Mexican horror hit, while the other is a (potential) collaboration between a musician turned producer with more experienced Brazilian behind-the-scenes talent. Check... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Watch The Trailer For Peruvian Ghost Story NO ESTAMOS SOLOS

El Vientre ("The Womb") a 2014 psychological thriller, was the first foray into genre movies for director Daniel Rodríguez Risco, who had previously made the little-seen drama The Watercolorist in 2008. The old-fashioned, unpretentious Vientre showed Rodríguez's untapped ability to generate creepy, ominous atmosphere and... More »
  

Latin Beat: ELLA Y EL Trailer Tracks The Highs And Lows Of An Everyday Couple

Director Frank Pérez-Garland is known for simple, heartfelt stories about relationships; movies like 2005's Un Día Sin Sexo and the 2009 anthology Cu4tro (alongside fellow filmmakers Bruno Ascenzo, Christian Buckley, and Sergio Barrio) confirmed him as a director specialized in... More »
  

Review: THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE, Shakespeare, Beguiling And Charming

The Princess of France is Argentine director Matías Piñeiro's third entry in his series of Shakespeare-inspired films, which he calls his "Shakespearead." The first two of these were his 43-minute short Rosalinda (2011), inspired by "As You Like It," and... More »
  

Macabro 2015: Check Out The Official Poster

The 2015 edition of Mexico City's International Horror Film Festival, Macabro, will be celebrated from August 20 to 30. That's ten straight days of the best recent genre cinema, though we have yet to know the full programming. While we... More »
  

Latin Beat: DESASTRES NATURALES And ABZURDAH, Alternatives To Hollywood

Big-budget productions from major Hollywood studios dominate the mid-year movie season throughout most of the world, but local, independently-produced films are still alive and well, even if they're a bit more challenging to discover. Here are a couple of suggestions.... More »
By Peter Martin   
  
 
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