Latin Beat: Peru's Haunting MAGALLANES And Thrilling DESAPARECER; Plus Mexico's BELLAS DE NOCHE

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Peruvians filmmakers are busy tapping into unpleasant realms for their new movies. Actor Salvador del Solar makes his directorial debut with the haunting Magallanes -- we have new stills and the trailer -- while Dorian Fernandez-Moris mines the rain forest, so to speak, for a thriller about a missing activist in Desaparacer; we have behind-the-scenes photos and the poster. 

We also have word from Mexico about Bellas de Noche, a documentary that has received a great boost. And, just for fun, a couple of Spanish-language posters for Hollywood productions.

The Past Comes Back To Haunt MAGALLANES In New Trailer
By Ernesto Zelaya Miñano, Reporting From Peru

Another trailer for a Peruvian movie has hit the web this week, this time for Magallanes, the directorial debut of actor Salvador del Solar, who also wrote the screenplay, based on a short story from famed author Alonso Cueto.

Mexican actor Damián Alcázar stars as the title character, a cab driver who one day recognizes a fare as a woman he knew years ago, when he was a soldier during Peru’s internal conflict with the Shining Path terrorist movement. His desire to help her lands him in a web of corruption and bribery, while bringing back the painful truths of a past he thought was long forgotten.

Del Solar has rounded up an interesting and diverse cast; the always dependable Álcazar is joined by Magaly Solier (The Milk of Sorrow), Argentina's Federico Luppi (Cronos), and heartthrob Christian Meier, who has made a name for himself working throughout most of Latin America in series such as the dark comedy Lynch.

The movie comes from Tondero Films, the same ones who brought us A Los 40 and Asu Mare; here, they seem to be moving away from the comedy genre and into more serious fare. This is the second of their four releases for 2014; the remaining two are Joanna Lombardi's Nómades and Javier Fuentes-León's El Elefante Desaparecido.

Magallanes opens in wide release on November 13.

(Click through to see another still and the trailer for the movie.)

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