Bromance (Como una novia sin sexo) (2016)

LUCAS SANTA ANA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   Argentina, 2016.  Sombracine Producciones.  Screenplay by Diego Mina, Lucas Santa Ana.  Cinematography by Mariana Russo.  Produced by Alberto Masliah.  Music by Coiffeur.  Production Design by Augusto Latorraca.  Costume Design by Ramiro Sorrequieta.  Three best friends go camping in rural Argentina, bringing their handycam (it’s 1996) to record their adventures as they spend their…

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Hermia & Helena (2016)

MATIAS PINEIRO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Argentina/USA, 2016.  Trapecio Cine, Ravenser Odd, Cinema Conservancy.  Screenplay by Matías Piñeiro.  Cinematography by Fernando Lockett.  Produced by Andrew Adair, Jake Perlin, Melanie Schapiro, Graham Swon.   Film Editing by Sebastián Schjaer.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016.   The curious and clever mind of Matias Pineiro creates a short and whimsical film about a young…

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Taekwondo (2016)

MARCO BERGER, MARTIN FARINA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Argentina, 2016.  Oh My Gomez! Films.  Screenplay by Marco Berger.  Cinematography by Martín Farina.  Produced by Verónica Argencio, Marco Berger, Martín Farina.  Music by Pedro Irusta.  Production Design by Marco Berger.  Film Editing by Marco Berger. Marco Berger, co-directing with Martin Farina, once again takes us into the cinematic realm of gorgeous young…

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Hawaii (2013)

MARCO BERGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Argentina, 2013.  La Noria Cine, Universidad del Cine.  Screenplay by Marco Berger.  Cinematography by Tomás Pérez Silva.  Produced by Marco Berger, Pedro Irusta.  Music by Pedro Irusta.  Production Design by Marco Berger.  Film Editing by Marco Berger.   The sensuality drips so hard it practically drools all over this gorgeous, muted romantic drama.  Martin has returned…

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Zama (2017)

LUCRECIA MARTEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Argentina/Spain/France/Netherlands/USA/Brazil/Mexico/Portugal/Lebanon/Switzerland, 2017.  Bananeira Filmes, CNC, Canana, El Deseo, Institut Francais, Instituto de la Cinematografia y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, KNM, L’Aide aux Cinemas du Monde, Lemming Film, Louverture Films, MPM Film, Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres et du Developpement International, Netherland Filmfund, O Som…

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History of Fear (Historia del Miedo)

BB.5 (out of 5) Latin American films that apply a realist flavour to an examination on class divisions are so standard that at this point you want to tell everyone to work it out while you seek out more explosive fare.  The combination of subtle action with blatant message hasn’t been arthouse cinema news for a while,…

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Neruda

BBBB (out of 5) Pablo Neruda has helped elect Videla to office but now greatly regrets the effort, and despite his Communist party membership making him a target of the president’s efforts to wipe the party out, Neruda maintains his ability to speak his mind about his country’s politics while also wooing the Chilean populace…

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Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente)

BBBB (out of 5) A scientist at the turn of the century, suffering a mysterious tropical disease, ventures into the Amazon and enlists a native man who is the last of his tribe to help him find a plant known to have restorative powers.  Decades later, another European finds the same man and asks him to guide…

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Bye Bye Brazil (Bye Bye Brasil)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Traveling players come through a dusty village in Brazil and catch the eye of a poor young man with a pregnant wife.  He convinces the troupe to take hire the couple to join their band (he plays the accordion), him gradually falling in love with the female star of the group while…

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Butterfly (Mariposa) (2015)

MARCO BERGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Argentina, 2015.  Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, Oh My Gomez! Films, Roberto me dejó Films, Universidad del Cine.   Screenplay by Marco Berger.  Cinematography by Tomas Perez Silva.  Produced by Mariana Contreras, Martin Cuinat, Pablo Ingercher Casas, Fiona Pittaluga.  Music by Pedro Irusta.  Production Design by Sebastian Roses.  Film Editing by Marco Berger.   A woman…

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Jess & James

BB (out of 5) Two young men meet and have an afternoon tryst that results in an unexpected attachment.  Geronimo has a girlfriend at home and goes by “Jess” with his new flame, unable to show his affection for James and unwilling to be tender when they have sex.  James, however, wears his heart on…

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The Third One (El Tercero)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Argentina’s recent tradition of social realist cinema is applied to a sexual fantasy in this delicious effort by Rodrigo Guerrero, which plays out in three simply worked out acts that unfold with impressive believability.  After chatting online with an established couple about the possibility of them getting together for a threesome,…

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