Dir. Jack Perez. Aspiring writer Walter Pool (Eric Roberts) quits his office job and moves to Santiago, Mexico, with a plan to pursue his creative passion. But when mobster Jose Guerra (Joaquim de Almeida) offers him $100,000 to kill a man, he can't resist the lure of quick cash. After accepting the job, Walter is unable to perform the hit -- but now his life is in danger. Jack Perez directs this tense crime thriller.
Dir. Luis Bunel. The film is about a group of destitute children and their misfortunes in a Mexico City slum. El Jaibo escapes juvenile jail and reunites with the street gang that he leads. El Jaibo's gang attempts to rob a blind street musician. They fail at first, but later track him down, beat him, and destroy his instruments.
Dir. Carlos Saura. Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storano painted the backdrop for this film about a director with a passion for dance. When his wife (Cecilia Narova) leaves him, Mario (Miguel Angel Sola) begins work on a film about the tango. Trouble begins when he falls for Elena (Mia Maestro), whose lover is a gangster (Juan Luis Galiardo). Lalo Schifrin provided the beautiful score for this film, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film.
La Batalla De Chile
Dir. Patricio Guzman. This riveting examination of the deadly turmoil that simmered in Chile between March and June of 1973, shortly after President Salvador Allende's Socialist Party fared well in national elections. After right-wing forces aligned with Gen. Augusto Pinochet found defeat at the polls, they turned increasingly to intimidation and brutal violence to advance their agenda.
Las adventures de Juan Quin Quin
Dir. Julio Garcia Espinosa. After eking out a living from odd jobs -- including work as a circus performer and as an actor with a traveling theater company -- Cuban farmer Juan Quin Quin (Júlio Martínez) crosses paths with cruel imperialists and embraces a new career as an anti-government guerilla. Julio García Espinosa directs this wicked blend of several movie genres, widely considered to be the first feature-length comedy to come out of postrevolutionary Cuba.
Dir Andres Wood. Seeking escape from his stormy home life, well-to-do youngster Gonzalo (Matias Quer) befriends Pedro (Ariel Mateluna), a poor, bullied pupil who's attending his school on scholarship. The two grow close despite class hierarchy, but politics threaten to destroy their friendship. Set in 1973 Santiago amid political unrest, this tale centers on the friendship of two schoolboys from vastly different backgrounds.
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation
Dir Cao Hamburger. When his parents' political leanings force his family to flee Brazil in haste, 12-year-old Mauro (Michel Joelsas) is left behind to live with his grandfather on the outskirts of São Paulo in the city's Jewish community. But what his parents didn't realize is that Mauro's grandfather has recently died, and the only person left to care for the boy is his grandfather's next-door neighbor, Shlomo (Germano Haiut).
Dir Luis Mandoki. Based on the true story of a now-grown Oscar Torres, this moving film (set in El Salvador in the mid-1980s) follows the drama of a young boy who must choose between enlisting in the Salvadoran army or joining up with a band of guerrillas. Director Luis Mandoki presents a society of innocent victims who are caught in a blinding cross fire, a life-or-death environment in which survival is a daily struggle.
City of God
Dir. Katia Lund, Fernando Meirelles. Buscapé (Alexandre Rodrigues) is frightened he'll end up like the countless others around him -- troubled, violent or dead. But his saving grace is his photographer's eye, through which the stories of several people who live in his forsaken Cidade de Deus unfold. Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund direct this sobering look at life inside a Rio de Janeiro housing project, reputed to be one of the most dangerous parts of an otherwise magical city.
Dir. Carly **unaga. Fleeing retaliation from the violent Central American street gang he has deserted, young hood Casper (Édgar Flores) boards a northbound train, where he takes refuge on top of the moving freight cars and hopes for a fresh start in a new country. Dodging authorities and other dangers, he finds a new friend in Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), a Honduran girl also making a run for the American border. Cary **unaga directs this foreign-language thriller.
Dir. Brad Furman. Family man and armored car security guard Felix (John Leguizamo) is shot during a robbery attempt. Recovering from a brain injury that shattered his memory, Felix must clear his own name when an FBI agent (Bobby Cannavale) names him as a suspect. To the dismay of his wife (Rosie Perez), Felix becomes obsessed with hunting down the man responsible (Tyrese Gibson) as he struggles to put the pieces of his life back together.
Los Actores del Conflicto
Dir. Lisandro Duque Naranjo. Three street mimes pretend to be guerrilla fighters who want to rejoin society thus obtaining permission from the government to go into exile in Spain in exchange for demobilizing. This fraudulent prank subjects these three actors to dangerous risks with real actors in the conflict: paramilitary groups, guerrilla fighters and the army.
El Secreto de Sus Ojos
Dir. Juan Jose Campenella. A startling discovery comes to light for retired Argentine criminal investigator Benjamín Espósito (Ricardo Darín) as he pens a biographical novel about the unsolved case of a young newlywed's brutal rape and murder years ago. Past and present intertwine for Espósito and colleague Irene Menéndez Hastings (Soledad Villamil) in director Juan José Campanella's Oscar-winning character study in which justice, pain and love collide.
Dir Jose Padilha and Felipe Lacerda. This moving documentary depicts a fateful day in June 2000 when a Rio de Janeiro bus carrying 12 passengers was hijacked by a man named Sandro do Nascimento. Cameras rolled as he touted his plans to kill all aboard but was finally persuaded to give himself up. A cop nonetheless opened fire on Nascimento, killing a passenger instead and causing the city's streets to erupt in riots. Details of Nascimento's very troubled childhood are also featured.