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Latin American Challenge; Official, May 2016
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Latin American Challenge



Goal:
Watch as many Latin American films as you can.

Rules:
- A feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- The usual miniseries rule applies.
- Rewatches are not allowed.

Eligible countries


Official lists:
Cien años sin soledad
Cinema Tropical
UNESCO - Bolivia (54-68), Brazil (69-85), Chile (114-128), Colombia (144-159), Ecuador (204-214), Mexico (476-490), Peru (551-565), Puerto Rico (596-623), Venezuela (801-815)
Ariel Award
Contracampo's Top Brazilian Cinema

Unofficial lists:

Latin America


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Personal



Participants:

Sortile9io - 96 (Congrats!)
Max-scl - 85
3eyes - 8
Melvelet -6
cinephage - 6
Hunziker - 5
zuma - 5
blocho - 4
HVM - 2
connordenney - 1

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You could also add the Mexican "Ariel Award" to the official lists and perhaps "Español de cine - An anthology of Spanish language films" to the unofficial lists, excluding the Spanish titles.

And count me in.
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You could also add the Mexican "Ariel Award" to the official lists and perhaps "Español de cine - An anthology of Spanish language films" to the unofficial lists, excluding the Spanish titles.

And count me in.
Right. Thanks :thumbsup:
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I want to focus more on TSPDT again but getting to 100 watched Latin American films (13 to go) should be achievable :)
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Of course this challenge happens the month after my Latin American Documentary Cinema course ends
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I'll watch a few.
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Yo soy un hombre interesado. Dez para mim.
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Preparados... Listos... Fuera!

1. Coyote (2009, Guatemala) - 5.5/10 - First check on iCM. Low budget documentary about a resourceful "coyote" on his last trip through Mexico to the USA. Directed by Chema Rodríguez (Estrellas de La Línea won a bunch of prizes back in the day). While sad (and funny) at times, the movie isn't as insightful as it could be. We get glimpses of the filmmaker's involvement on the trip, I would have liked to see much more of this: It's a difficult and dangerous journey, and it does seem Rodríguez went to great lengths to follow the group.

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1. Alsino y el cóndor (Nicaragua etc 83)

A film made by the Sandinistas (and their sympathisers in Mexico, Cuba, and Costa Rica) about the revolution against the Somozas. Told from the point of view of a young boy. Dean Stockwell as an American "advisor"... Hard to watch mainly because of the quality of the film or rip or whatever - which I suppose was a mercy or it would have been hard to watch in other ways, tho not as brutal as many. A worthy addition to the body of films on war and children.
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1. La estrategia del caracol (Cabrera, 1993 | Colombia) — Composes a likeable set of humble tenants fighting against a corrupt and ruthless tycoon. However, after the end, I felt as if the key element that kept me puzzled during the story (the crane) was nothing but a trick. 7/10
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2. Elogio al cine (2015, Guatemala) - 5/10 - Not on IMDb. Documentary about filmmaking in Guatemala. Interesting bits and pieces but lacks an unifying thread. The director (Sergio Valdés Pedroni) knows how to place the camera, but not how to tell a story.

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2. Frida, naturaleza viva (Leduc, 1983 | Mexico) — Slow and laconic recollection of memories with no apparent order, its beautiful art direction and a few sparse musical moments helped me to keep in focus. 5/10
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Not going to participate (I will see 3 more Brazilian films though) but I made a list of my favourite Latin American films. It includes my 7/10s: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls060602525/

There are a few borderline cases like Soy Cuba and Cuban Love, and I guess one might want to include Que Viva Mexico as well.
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May 2 2016, 05:03:02 PM
Not going to participate (I will see 3 more Brazilian films though) but I made a list of my favourite Latin American films. It includes my 7/10s: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls060602525/

There are a few borderline cases like Soy Cuba and Cuban Love, and I guess one might want to include Que Viva Mexico as well.
Added to the "personal" lists. :thumbsup:
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3. Jauja (2014, Argentina) - 8.5/10 - Gorgeous movie. It so simple, visually and story-wise, and yet so mystifying and complex. The 4:3 ratio gives such an unique physicality to the image, that even when the story is undeniably slow you never feel like looking away from the screen. I love how the camera lingers after the characters have left the scene. The last 30 minutes have a Jorodowski-like development that puts the cherry on top of it all, bringing everything together in an odd, satisfying manner. You can see Lisandro Alonso took his inspiration from the greats... It felt like Bergman directing a Tarkovky film.

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3. Macunaíma (de Andrade, 1969 | Brazil) — All my previous encounters with Cinema Novo have been painful and unfortunately this one was no exception. 2/10
4. Familia rodante (Trapero, 2004 | Argentina) — Promising starting point, but it tries to take on too much with so many characters yet offers too little beyond the anecdote. I didn't like the abundance of close-ups either: a road movie across the endless landscapes of Argentina that barely uses wide lenses? 6/10
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3. Macunaíma (de Andrade, 1969 | Brazil) — All my previous encounters with Cinema Novo have been painful and unfortunately this one was no exception. 2/10
This felt more like an exception for the Cinema Novo genre. It felt more like Cinema Marginal to me. I usually hate Cinema Marginal films even though it seems like the genre for me. Counter-cultural and a complete rejection of luxury. RYM described it the best way "The aesthetics of the garbage", but they always turned me off for some reason. However I loved Macunaíma. At times it reminded me of a John Waters style comedy. Absolutely absurd and hilarious. Although it dealt with heavier topics such as race.

Cinema Novo reminds me more of European cinema. A handful of films from that genre reminded me of directors like Antonioni or Bresson.

I will see one more Brazilian film today which will be another film by Leon Hirszman. I absolutely adore the films I've seen so far. São Bernardo is great but more cinematography-oriented whereas Eles não usam black-tie [They Don't Wear Black Tie] is a fantastic family drama. I might uprate it to 9/10 soon.
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5. La hora de los hornos (Solanas, Getino, 1968 | Argentina) — A tour de force with outstanding use of montage and photography in its first segment, then switches to a more dull discursive style focusing on recent political events of Argentina. 8/10

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3. Macunaíma (de Andrade, 1969 | Brazil) — All my previous encounters with Cinema Novo have been painful and unfortunately this one was no exception. 2/10
At times it reminded me of a John Waters style comedy. Absolutely absurd and hilarious. Although it dealt with heavier topics such as race.
Yeah, as far as I remember, John Waters doesn't seem to be much interested in covering his films with the serious intellectual touch I've seen in Cinema Novo. At least Macunaíma lacks the irritating solemnity that Glauber Rocha displays all the time. Speaking of similarities, the pool scene reminded me of Alejandro Jodorowsky.
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1. ¡Vámonos con Pancho Villa! (1936, Fernando de Fuentes) 7/10.
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1. Rio 40 Graus 1955 — a.k.a. Rio 100 Degrees F. 5/10 - Brazil
Why is this on TSPDT and was voted on DtC before? What's so special about it that I missed?
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My recommendations/favourites: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls060671263/
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Gonna try to see some Brazilian and UNESCO titles.
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2. Allá en el Rancho Grande (1936, Fernando de Fuentes) 6.5/10 Not bad but the weakest of the Revolution trilogy by De Fuentes, although this one almost doesn't touch the subject. I loved some musical sections.

3. Janitzio (1935, Carlos Navarro) Similar to Redes (1936). I liked how it sometimes turned into a silent film with the music driving the story and emotion of the film.

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6. El violín (Vargas, 2005 | Mexico) — Calm and straightforward, it serves its purpose. 6/10
7. Veneno para las hadas (Taboada, 1984 | Mexico) — Sort of introductory horror for children, peculiar and bucolic, with room for improvement in acting. 5/10
8. El coraje del pueblo (Sanjinés, 1971 | Bolivia) — Practical illustration of the violent antiunionism repression practices denounced in “La hora de los hornos”. 5/10

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2. Macario 1960 8(+)/10 - Mexico
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Inspired by a Brothers Grimm tale, going towards magical realism. A rather classical (style) drama that eludes Hollywood trappings, especially towards the end. Cinematography is mostly unremarkable but some cool sets are used. Would make a nice 500<400 entry, I'll try and push it :)

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I'm continually frustrated because the Spanish and Latin American challenges are always separate, leaving Portugal nowhere. A Spanish/Portuguese language challenge is what would make sense to me.

Well, so I just started watching As Mil e Uma Noites and will be back when I feel like it, I suppose.
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Yes, an Iberoamerican challenge would be nice.

4. Historia de una noche (1941, Luis Saslavsky) 7/10

5. Matar a todos (2007, Esteban Shroeder) 5/10

6. Dos Monjes (1934, Juan Bustillo Oro) 8/10 Awesome, nice cinematography and story.

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Yes, an Iberoamerican challenge would be nice.

4. Historia de una noche (1941, Luis Saslavsky) 7/10

5. Matar a todos (2007, Esteban Shroeder) 5/10

6. Dos Monjes (1934, Juan Bustillo Oro) 8/10 Awesome, nice cinematography and story.

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Elegant name for the challenge I'm hoping for, Max. Thanks!
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9. Vidas secas (dos Santos, 1963 | Brazil) — Adust portrait of a miserable wretched life. 7/10
10. Cinco días sin Nora (Chenillo, 2008 | Mexico) — Never takes off, the best is the dishes prepared by Fabiana. 4/10
11. Limite (Peixoto, 1931 | Brazil) — Like attending a long exhibition of fine B/W photography. 6/10
12. El romance del Aniceto y la Francisca (Favio, 1967 | Argentina) — Schematic and straight to the point split-object love triangle where characters look and smile more than they talk. 7/10

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2. Macario 1960 8(+)/10 - Mexico
Inspired by a Brothers Grimm tale, going towards magical realism. A rather classical (style) drama that eludes Hollywood trappings, especially towards the end. Cinematography is mostly unremarkable but some cool sets are used. Would make a nice 500<400 entry, I'll try and push it :)
I'll watch it.
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2. Macario 1960 8(+)/10 - Mexico
Inspired by a Brothers Grimm tale, going towards magical realism. A rather classical (style) drama that eludes Hollywood trappings, especially towards the end. Cinematography is mostly unremarkable but some cool sets are used. Would make a nice 500<400 entry, I'll try and push it :)
I'll watch it.
Same here. It looks promising.
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Another list:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/top+uruguayan+movies+from+accu/peacefulanarchy/

7. Luponini de Chicago (1935, José Bohr) 5/10

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8. La Mujer del puerto (1934, Arcady Boytler) [México] 8/10 Back to a great mexican from the 30's movie after a letdown by Luponini.

9. La Guerra Gaucha (1942, Lucas Demare) [Argentina] 8/10 Epic movie, great production, good music, beautiful scenery, very well done in general.

10. La casa está vacía (1945, Carlos Schlieper) [Chile] 6/10 Not really great but I enjoyed it, it was my first Chilean movie from that period, so that made it a good experience.

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13. Canoa (Cazals, 1976 | Mexico) — First puzzled by its format and cheap look, then expecting to see nothing of real interest (perhaps just some nice views during a trekking trip to an old volcano), I was finally shocked all of a sudden by one of the most brutal portrayals of political/religious fanatism I remember. 7/10
14. Rio 40 graus (dos Santos, 1955 | Brazil) — Mosaic with cliched images of life in Rio, a pity I couldn't find a quality copy. 5/10
15. La ciudad y los perros (Lombardi, 1985 | Peru) — A gloomy confrontation between those willing to respect the rules (and denounce when necessary) and those trying surreptitiously to profit from breaking them, it becomes more and more interesting. 8/10

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Is it only movies that you've seen after the challenge started?
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Yes

11. El diamante del Maharajá (1946, Roberto de Ribón) [Chile] 4/10 Comedy, it had terrible sound so I couldn't hear some jokes, but the ones I could hear were not very good.

12. Música en tu corazón (1946, Miguel Frank) [Chile] 4/10 It was nice to see some parts of the city, the interiors of some buildings and some landscapes, thou.

13. Los rubios (2003, Albertina Carri) [Argentina] 6/10 A documentary about itself.

14. Yawar Mallku (1969, Jorge Sanjinés) 8/10 Great movie.

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16. La batalla de Chile (I): La insurrección de la burguesía (Guzmán, 1975 | Chile) — An excellent homage to the anonymous people who wrote a key chapter in the recent history of Chile and an interesting account of the methods the oligarchies used to retain the power. 7/10
17. La batalla de Chile (II): El golpe de estado (Guzmán, 1976 | Chile) — Ditto. 7/10
18. La batalla de Chile (III): El poder popular (Guzmán, 1979 | Chile) — Ditto, with more emphasis on the first. 7/10

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2. Macario 1960 8(+)/10 - Mexico
Inspired by a Brothers Grimm tale, going towards magical realism. A rather classical (style) drama that eludes Hollywood trappings, especially towards the end. Cinematography is mostly unremarkable but some cool sets are used. Would make a nice 500<400 entry, I'll try and push it :)
I'll watch it.
Same here. It looks promising.
It definitely deserves more attention.
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