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MORGUE: Paraguayan Horror Sells to More Territories Around The World

While the production of films may have stalled out during this time of epidemic once we are all back on our feet there are films yet to be seen and Hugo Cardozo's Morgue is one of them.    Our friends...

Fantaspoa 2020: The Festival is Postponed, Launches a Crowfunding Campaign And Free Video Platform For Your Isolation Period

We are going to take a moment and be a little selfish. We were planning on being in Porto Alegre, Brazil at the end of May to attend our first Fantaspoa. Time was booked off, plane ticket in hand, all...

LOS LOBOS, WHEN LIBERTY BURNS, EMA, WHITE LIE Winners at Miami 2020

I was fortunate to attend the first half of Miami Film Festival this month, before it was sadly forced to cancel due to the pandemic. It was my first time attending, and I was blown away not only by the...

FICUNAM 2020 Interview: Chris Fujiwara On The Legacy Of Jacques Tourneur

French filmmaker Jacques Tourneur is, certainly, an important part of the history of horror cinema, because he was one of the directors in Val Lewton’s low-budget horror unit at RKO Pictures. In the forties, Tourneur directed the Lewton-produced classics Cat...

Rotterdam Online: IFFR Offers 14-Hour-Long Anthology Film LA FLOR to Watch For Free

One film, six different stories, style and genres, and four actresses in Mariano Llinás' epic work.

Miami 2020 Review: THE SLEEPWALKERS, Family Constraints and Subtle Patriarchy

There's an old stereotype that girls are harder to raise than boys. While this may be true, I think it's not because girls are more difficult, but that our world and society makes life harder for girls. They learn far...

Miami 2020 Review: PACIFIED, Hope and Resignation in the Favelas

American director Paxton Winters spent seven years with the community of Morro dos Prazeres, one of the many favelas that encapsulate Rio de Jainero. Anyone familiar with Brazilian cinema will know these as the home of the working class and...

Interview: BACURAU Directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles

Flipping the idea of first world hegemony on its head, a Brazilian Western sci-fi genre mashup Bacurau is a campy, violent, funny, angry, energetic and carthartic film that is extremely enjoyable for both genre fans and politically minded. It is...

Miami 2020 Review: LOS LOBOS, A World Too Big and Too Small

A new country, a new city, a new home, can mean hope for renewal and improvement; but it can also mean despair and desperation. For the thousands of people who have crossed the Mexico/USA border, forced to leave their countries...

Miami 2020 Review: THE LAST RAFTER, The Search for Home

For years, many Cubans risked life and limb to cross the near 200-kilometre stretch between their island and the United States, in motorboats, row boats, and handmade rafts. A particular policy, colloquially named ‘Wet Foot Dry Foot’, allowed Cubans a...

INFECTION: Official Trailer For Venezuelan Zombie Flick From Dark Sky Films, on Digital + DVD on 4/14

I did not know that Flavio Pedota`s zombie flick Infeccion (en Egnlis Infection) was picked up by Dark Sky Films yet here we are, presenting a new trailer and a release date for the Venezualan horror movie. Flavio, we need...

Miami 2020 Review: EDUARDO AND MONICA, A Charming and Charmed Love Ballad

The how and why of love is one of life's great eternal mysteries. Thousands of books, songs, works of art, films, have been made on the subject, and we're still no closer to an answer. But then, there is no...

Miami 2020 Review: LINA FROM LIMA, Strife and Delight in Musical Form

Most of us have probably started humming or whistling a tune while performing an ordinary task; and many of us have likely had moments when we've thought about a song, or started listening to a song, either deliberately or accidently,...

Miami 2020 Review: SHORTS Program Showcases Ghosts, Exes, Gaming Culture, and Rising Tides

I'll admit as a programmer that I'm biased, but I do think anyone attending a film festival should seek out the shorts. They are the unsung gems of any festival line-up, the places where filmmakers start out, where they experiment,...

Review: BACURAU, Resilience and Resolve Against a Mounting Assault

Let's consider what's been happening in Brazil before we talk about the batshit crazy movie that is Bacurau (from the makers of Neighboring Sounds and Aquarius - director Kleber Mendonça Filho and co-director/production designer Juliano Dornelles). In early 2018, Luiz...

Miami 2020 Preview: Art Thrillers, Dirt Bikers, Women in Outer Space, and the Latinx Diaspora

The 37th Miami Film Festival opens this Friday; with a wide range of prorgamming, from dramas and comedies to documentaries, shorts and features, as well as master classes from local filmmakers. I'll be in attendance, to check out some of...

THE DEVIL´S TAIL: Shooting Begins For New Argentine Anthology Horror Film

Some of my friends in Argentina began working on a new horror anthology flick this week, The Devil's Tail, with a wrap around directed by Taz Pereyra. Nico Onetti (What the Waters Left Behind) is on board as the creative director...

Morbido y El Studio Form The Spanish Armada of Genre Everything in New Initiative

Mi Padre de terror, Pablo Guisa, told me that big news was coming today and ay, this is muy grandes noticias.    Variety came with news that Guisa's Grupo Morbido in Mexico and Trans-Atlantic production company El Studio will combine...

Berlin 2020: What The Morbido Sanfic Pact Means to LatAm Filmmakers

Yesterday Variety reported the details of the new production pact Morbido and Sanfic announced last August. From Berlin, Morbido's Pablo Guisa and Sanfic's Gabriela Sandoval unveiled details of the pact, called Factoria Morbido-Sanfic, which provides another pre-production avenue for genre...

Insolito 2020: Peruvian Genre Festival Hosts Local, LatAm and International Fare

Back in September we made mention of a genre festival in Peru called Insolito. The festival is all set to begin today on February 25th and run through to March 1st so we will take a moment to highlight some...