Latin Beat: Watch LA ACADEMIA, LA HERENCIA Trailers, Plus Picks From Muestra Internacional de Cine
In this edition of our bi-weekly Latin Beat, we hear from our correspondent Ernesto Zelaya Minano, who lives in Peru. He tells us about two new movies: La Academia, an upcoming sports drama, and La Herencia, a comedy.
Next, we head to Mexico, where our correspondence Eric Ortiz Garcia reports on the Muestra Internacional de Cine, considered to be the most important film event in Mexico City.
Click through below to watch the trailers and read about the movies!
Upcoming Release: Sports Drama LA ACADEMIA
By Ernesto Zelaya Minano
Blanquiazul, a documentary about soccer team Alianza Lima, was the first Peruvian movie out of the gate this year. It was a love letter to the team’s rabid following, and once its healthy theatrical run wrapped up, you just knew other movies would come along paying tribute to one of the many teams in the national league.
And that’s how we come to Antonio Landeo’s La Academia. “The Academy” is the nickname for Deportivo Municipal, another veteran soccer club which has had a lot of ups and downs over the years (it’s been in and out of the First Division many times). Whatever their troubles, this movie is meant to pay tribute to the club and its values, through the fictional story of an up-and-coming athlete trying to make it big in the sports world. The cast features veteran actor Gustavo Bueno, who has largely worked in television the last few years.
It’s a sports drama based in reality; and with most Peruvians being rabid sports fans, especially when it comes to soccer, it’s a wonder more of these films haven’t been made.
La Academia is currently filming in Lima and New York. The trailer gives a release date of 27 July.