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Latin American cinema

This section, curated in collaboration with the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and Cinetrab, presents a cross-section of the reality of Latin America, where cinema showcases life and serves as a mirror for reflecting on social problems, even in a fantastical way. Latin America is a geographical space where life is full of contrasts. Tradition coexists with modernity, static dimension with ongoing change, extreme poverty and wealth coexist next to each other. Cinema, an instrument of both artistic expression and social narrative, is no stranger to such disparities. On the contrary, it often puts them at the center of the stories it tells – also through the use of a courageous cinematographic language – to represent a world where work is at the absolute center.

In many cases survival is at stake, a challenge that legitimizes the use of every possible means. This means drawing on ancestral knowledge and traditions, but also on a creativity and ingenuity that often graze on the limits of legality or even go beyond it. For this reason, cinema does not limit itself to respond only to creative or intellectual pleasure or to pursue a merely formal aesthetic research through artificial shots or expedients. In many cases, there is an explicit interest to portray the daily life of various social groups, to use movies as an instrument of useful reflection and give visibility, disseminate and make known situations and circumstances that deserve particular attention. The magic of cinema in Latin America can be as natural as life itself, even though it can tell a story that is both personal and collective.

With the collaboration of Alfredo Villavicencio Ríos, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru – Cinetrab


    MIDNIGHT FAMILY (Messico, 2019, 81′)   Buy the ticket online Director: Luke Lorentzen Screenplay: Luke Lorentzen Photography: Luke Lorentzen Editing: Luke Lorentzen, Paloma López Music: Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman, Alexis Ruiz, Andrés Sánchez Cast: Juan Ochoa, Fer Ochoa, Josue Ochoa, Manuel Hernandez Producer: Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes, J. Christian Jensen, Luke Lorentzen, Jamie Meltzer, Kellen […]


    THE LUNCHROOM (Planta permanente, Argentina/Uruguay, 2019, 78′)   Buy the ticket online Director: Ezequiel Radusky Screenplay: Diego Lerman, Ezequiel Radusky Photography: Lucio Bonelli Editing: Valeria Racioppi Scenography: Catalina Oliva Music: Maximiliano Silveira Cast: Liliana Juárez (Lila), Rosario Bléfari (Marcela), Verónica Perrota (Manager), Sol Camila Lugo (Camila), Yanina (Nina Vera Suárez Bléfari) Producer: Nicolás Avruj, Diego Lerman, […]


    MOTHERS OF THE LAND (Sembradoras de vida, Perù, 2019, 74′)   Buy your ticket online Director: Álvaro and Diego Sarmiento Sceneggiatura: Álvaro Sarmiento, Diego Sarmiento, Annemarie Gunkel Fotografia: Diego Sarmiento, Miguel Palomino Montaggio: Alex Cruz, Fabricio Deza, Diego Sarmiento Musica: Horacio Camargo Con: Braulia Puma, Sonia Mamani, Eliana Garcìa, Justa Quispe, Brizayda Sicus Produttore: Álvaro Sarmiento, […]


    MANCO CÁPAC ( Perù, 2020, 92′)   But your ticket online Director: Henry Vallejo Torres Screenplay: Henry Vallejo Torres, Elard Serruto Dancuart Photography: José Vallejo Torres, Carlos Vallejo Torres, César Vallejo Torres Editing: Carlos Vallejo Torres, José Vallejo Torres Cast: Jesús Luque Colque, Gaby Huaywa, Mario Velásquez, Yiliana Chong, Leonardo Villa, Henry Peláez, Sol Calatayud, Julissa Paredes Producer: Flor Vallejo Torres, Henry […]