HS-News brings you the list of the Top Ten Latin American films we watched in 2010, we hope your foreign favorite is on this list.
1. El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina/Spain)
Director: Juan José Campanella
Writers: Eduardo Sacheri, Juan José Campanella
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
2. El Baile de la Victoria (Spain)
Director: Fernando Trueba
Writers: Antonio Skármeta (screenplay), Fernando Trueba (screenplay)
In the years following the dictatorship Pinochet in Chile, a general amnesty program released famous safe-cracker Nicolás and 20-year-old small-time crook Ángel from prison. All Nicolás wants to do is go legit and reunite with his estranged wife and son, but discovers that they have both moved on with their lives without him. With few other options for the aging Nicolás, he is pulled deep into Ángel’s plan to pull off one last heist to steal a fortune amassed by some of Pinochet’s former henchmen. Ángel complicates matters by falling in love with the beautiful young Victoria, an unstable ballet dancer who was left mute by a mysterious past trauma.
3. La Pasión de Gabriel (Colombia)
Director: Luis Alberto Restrepo
Writers: Luis Alberto Restrepo (screenplay), Diego Vasquez Moncayo (screenplay)
In a small hamlet in the Colombian mountains, a newly appointed padre Father Gabriel (Andrés Parra in a truly brilliant and underrated performance) finds himself torn between his spiritual calling and his desires for a young woman named Silvia, while also trying to protect his congregation from being drawn into the increasingly violent battles between the government military and rebel forces that surround the town.
4. Contracorriente (Perú)
Director: Javier Fuentes-León
Writer: Javier Fuentes-León
An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town’s rigid traditions.
5. El Discípulo (Spain)
Director: Emilio Ruiz Barrachina
Writers: Stephen Hughes (english adaptation), Emilio Ruiz Barrachina
From a non-mythical perspective, The Disciple presents with high production value, the life of Jesus from a daring new angle, a human, without divinity, fallible and worrying disciple of God and the People on very real ground.
6. El Corredor Nocturno (Argentina)
Director: Gerardo Herrero
Writers: Hugo Burel (novel), Nicolás Saad (screenplay)
A stressed insurance executive runs from his pressurized life, but what he finds along with his freedom is far less certainty.
7. Los Viajes del Viento (Cololmbia)
Director: Ciro Guerra
Writer: Ciro Guerra
A musician travels great distances through Colombia’s lush northern coast to return an instrument to his elderly teacher.
8. Biutiful (México/Spain)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Writers: Alejandro González Iñárritu (screenplay),Armando Bo (screenplay)
This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who’s sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever
9. Chamaco (Mexico)
Director: Miguel Necoechea
Writers: Carl Bessai, Kirk Harris
Abner is trapped in the rough life of Mexico City. His escape? Boxing. Dr. Frank Irwin (Martin Sheen) and his son Jimmy, a pro boxer, come together to teach Abner that the heart fuels the punches we throw in life.
10. É Proibido Fumar (Brazil)
Director: Anna Muylaert
Writer: Anna Muylaert
In São Paulo, the lonely forty and something year-old guitar teacher Baby lives a tedious life in a low middle-class apartment and is addicted in her only companion, the cigarettes. When the musician of a barbecue place Max moves to the next-door apartment, Baby has a crush on him. Sooner they have a love affair and Baby quits smoking with the support of a fellowship.