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It’s been more than 10 years since Amores Perros (Mexico 2000) and the first wave of New Argentine Cinema. While it’s too soon, perhaps, to classify the titles in the Festival’s World Cinema Spotlight as a “next wave” or “new wave,” it is very apparent that there is a lot of cinematic magic happening south of the border.

Strong new voices continue to surface from Argentina and Mexico and are presented here alongside assured and unique offerings by emerging filmmakers from countries less often represented on screen: Uruguay, Venezuela and Costa Rica (appearing in the program for the first time in the Festival’s 57-year history)

The Amazing Catfish, Claudia Sainte-Luce, Mexico

Set in Guadalajara, The Amazing Catfish follows the quiet transformation of a solitary young woman informally adopted and absorbed into a rambunctious matriarchy in a state of crisis. Filmed by Claire Denis

long-time cinematographer, Agnès Godard, Claudia Sainte-Luce s debut feature, based loosely on events from her own life, blends a wry and moving naturalism with moments of inspired comedy. (Mexico 2013, 89 min)

New Directors Prize (Narrative Feature) competition

SAT MAY 3 6:00 KABUKI TUE MAY 6 9:00 KABUKI

THU MAY 8 8:45 BAM/PFA

Bad Hair, Mariana Rondón, Venezuela/Peru

wA 10-year-old boy’s desire to straighten his kinky hair causes outsized conflict with his unemployed, harassed single mother in Mariana Rondon’s Caracas-set drama. Unexpected issues related to Venezuela’s volatile economic situation and the young boy’s incipient homosexuality form the core of this finely acted, deceptively small-scaled story. (Venezuela/Peru 2013, 93 min)

THU MAY 1 9:15 KABUKI

SUN MAY 4 6:15 NEW PEOPLE

WED MAY 7 6:30 BAM/PFA

History of Fear, Benjamín Naishtat, Argentina/France/Germany/Uruguay/Qatar

Are strange occurrences in an affluent Buenos Aires suburb evidence that the skittish residents are actually being targeted? Paranoia runs rampant in this accomplished first feature, instilling a disorienting sense of dread in the viewer. The filmmaker foregoes ready explanations in favor of foreboding suggestions in a film that is sprawling both in scope and implications but precise and exacting in its execution. (Argentina/France/Germany/Uruguay/Qatar 2014, 79 min)

New Directors Prize (Narrative Feature) competition

FRI MAY 2 9:00 NEW PEOPLE

WED MAY 7 8:45 BAM/PFA

The Militant, Manolo Nieto, Uruguay

A student leader fighting against the bosses of striking packinghouse workers in 2002 Uruguay experiences a coming-of-age crisis when he inherits his father’s ranch. The radical becomes the boss and finds himself responsible for paying months of back wages to the gauchos stiffed by his dad.

(Uruguay/Argentina 2013,121 min)

SAT APR 26 9:00 NEW PEOPLE                             SUN APR 27 3:15 KABUKI

THU MAY 1 8:50 BAM/PFA

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