Oscar Foreign Film Shortlist Includes IDA, LEVIATHAN, FORCE MAJEURE And A Few Surprises

The Academy has released its shortlist of nine candidates still eligible for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, which includes surprise inclusions from Estonia, Georgia and Venezuela, as well as more widely praised offerings from Argentina, Poland, Russia and... More »
  

Review: LOCAL GOD, Surreal Horror Of The Creative Process

In his first feature film The Silent House, director Gustavo Hernández told a familiar haunted house story in a unfamiliar way, by shooting it in a single take. For his second feature, Local God, he again approaches a familiar... More »
  

Review: NATURAL DISASTERS (Desastres Naturales), A Funny Political Film About Students And Teachers

It's not usual to find a director under the age of 25 who actually promises not only a style but also an attitude towards the filmmaking space that he inhabits. That is the case of Chilean director Bernardo Quesney, who with... More »
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas Hosting Mexico's Newest Film Festival

The Mexican film industry is celebrating the new year with a new film festival. Kicking off in mid January 2015, the San Cristóbal de Las Casas International Film Festival (FICSC) is set to be the first important event of the... More »
  

Mórbido Mérida 2014 Review: JIRON, How A Movie By A Major Filmmaker Disappeared

Full disclosure: I was completely ignorant of Mexican filmmaker Carlos Enrique Taboada before watching this movie. Thus, Jirón (Shred), a new documentary by Christian Cueva, proved to be educational, fascinating, and compelling, not only because it explores the disappearance of... More »
  

SANTIAGO VIOLENTA Brings Pistolas And Piscolas In The New Theatrical Trailer!

Mirageman and Mandrill director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza is having himself quite a year with the premieres of both Redeemer - his latest collaboration with frequent star Marko Zaror - and his long in post action-comedy Santiago Violenta. The story of... More »
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Latin Beat: Trailer For Peruvian Horror LA ENTITAD, Plus Top 10 Highest-Grossing Mexican Movies

This week we hear from our correspondents in Mexico and Peru. First, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano follows up on a previous report on Peruvian horror movie La Entitad with a trailer that gives a much better idea of what the filmmakers... More »
  

First Image From Adrian Garcia Bogliano's SCHERZO DIABOLICO

Next up from the grossly prolific, no, check that, stupidly prolific director Adrian Garcia Bogliano is the black comedy Scherzo Diabolico. Variety featured the first image from the film on Wednesday.The director of Twitch faves Here Comes the Devil, Late... More »
  

Cineteca Nacional's Masacre En Xoco Reveals 2014 Lineup

UPDATED WITH FULL SCHEDULE The massacre of Xoco is about to begin again at Cineteca Nacional! As usual, curators José Luis Ortega and Mauricio Matamoros Durán have put together a fine selection of horror films for Masacre en Xoco, Mexico City's annual... More »
  

Review: ZERO MOTIVATION Is A Sharply Observed Military Comedy

Stationed in the middle of dusty nowhere, the girls of the administration hub in an Israeli military post spend their time making coffees for the senior officers and doing boring office duties day in and day out. It's far from... More »
  

Feratum In Mexico City: Lineup Revealed, Includes MEXICO BARBARO

Cinépolis Diana, a movie theater located in downtown Mexico City, will screen in December some of the films that were part of Feratum Film Fest 2014 (celebrated back in October). The selection includes Alejandro Alegre's Paciente 27 and the Chilean zombie... More »
  

Latin Beat: Mexican Film Community United For Ayotzinapa's 43 Missing Students

As I write this, the aftershock of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting and killing a man in Ferguson, Missouri, is dominating the news here in the U.S. Of course, angry protests are not... More »
  

Brazil's Urban Legends Come To Life With THE FOSTERING (O DIABO MORA AQUI)

We first came across Brazilian directing duo Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini in these parts when the talented pair submitted their short M Is For Mailbox as part of the ABCs Of Death 2 26th director contest. And now there... More »
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Morbido Fest 2014 Review: TEKUANI THE GOLDEN GOD, A Psychological Drama With Supernatural Overtones

In the Mexican film Tekuani: The Golden God (aka Tekuani, The Guardian) three friends who work together as independent rescue workers are having a rough go of it. They help people who are trapped underground or in remote regions of... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: SAND DOLLARS, Bodies in Tempetuous Love

Most people would probably like to think that, when it comes to love, we get wiser as we get older, more able to tell who truly loves us and who is using us. But sometimes that chemical reaction takes over,... More »
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Dispatch 2: [REC] 4, THE GREEN INFERNO, THE STRANGER And More Stir The Senses

What a fantastic day at the Morbido Film Fest! I got to spend time walking around the zocalo (town square), just a minute from the hotel where I'm staying here in Puebla, Mexico, visiting a bookstore and milling along with... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: THE BOY AND THE WORLD, Wonderous Animation and Storytelling

Within the first few frames, it's easy to see why The Boy and The World won both Best Feature and the audience award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, considered to be the most important of its kind. This is... More »
  

Morbido Fest 2014, Dispatch 1: FEED THE LIGHT, EL INCIDENTE, And TEKUANI Explore Limits Of The Human Psyche

"We're under the volcano," said filmmaker Richard Stanley, referring to the novel by Malcolm Lowry, adapted for the screen by John Huston in 1984, and the location of the Morbido Film Festival in 2014. The tops of volcanoes were enshrouded... More »
  

Los Cabos 2014 Review: FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: THE STORY OF RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Salutes The Mexican Guitar Duo

For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela is a straight celebration of Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo and Gabriela, going from their origins in Mexico City to their eventual worldwide success. Mexican journalist and the documentary's director... More »
  

Morbido 2014 Dispatch 0: How To Establish A Macabre And Playful Tone For Your Festival

I've been in Puebla, Mexico less than 12 hours and already it seems like the Morbido Film Festival owns this bustling city. That would be quite a remarkable feat, considering that the metropolitan area contains more than two and a half... More »
  
 
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