1 Iberoamericana Collection

A selection of films I have watched by directors from this region, or set in this area. Featuring films from Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Guyane, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela
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1.
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (2001)
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A man is forced to confront a dangerous female jaguar and his own past through the sacrificial killing of the beast he has grown to love. (115 mins.)
Director: Rolf de Heer
 
2.
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
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An eccentric and dogmatic inventor sells his house and takes his family to Central America to build a utopia in the middle of the jungle... (117 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
3.
Gabor (2013 Documentary)
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This is the story of a friendship between a young filmmaker and a blind cinematographer, between Sebas and Gabor. (69 mins.)
 
4.
Even the Rain (2010)
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As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. (103 mins.)
Director: Icíar Bollaín
 
5.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
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A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life. (120 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
6.
Black Orpheus (1959)
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A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
 
7.
360 (2011)
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A dramatic thriller that weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships. (110 mins.)
 
8.
The Constant Gardener (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. (129 mins.)
 
9.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
10.
Central Station (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
11.
Porfirio (2011)
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An adult male, 155 centimeters tall, of dark complexion; presents frontal baldness, regular eyebrows... (101 mins.)
 
12.
Chico & Rita (2010)
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Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. (94 mins.)
 
13.
Return to Ithaca (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Sun is setting on Havana. Five friends are gathered to celebrate the return of Amadeo after 16 years of exile in Madrid. (95 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
 
14.
Guantanamera (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
It is a satire about life in Cuba. The members of a funeral procession and some truckdrivers who have... (105 mins.)
 
15.
Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other. (108 mins.)
 
16.
Una noche (2012)
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In Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. Accused of assault, he appeals to Elio to help him reach the forbidden world 90 miles across the ocean. One night, full of hope, they face the biggest challenge of their lives. (90 mins.)
Director: Lucy Mulloy
 
17.
Habana Blues (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two cuban friends play in a blues band in La Habana. When a spanish music producer offers them a contract... (115 mins.)
Director: Benito Zambrano
 
18.
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
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In a forgotten Mexico Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Mama Elena sees Tita's role as her caretaker for life... (105 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Arau
 
19.
The Crime of Father Amaro (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town. (118 mins.)
Director: Carlos Carrera
 
20.
Gravity (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
21.
Children of Men (2006)
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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
22.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. (106 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
23.
Sin Nombre (2009)
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A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border. (96 mins.)
 
24.
Get the Gringo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy. (96 mins.)
 
25.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown. (119 mins.)
 
26.
Biutiful (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move. (148 mins.)
 
27.
Babel (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families. (143 mins.)
 
28.
21 Grams (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. (124 mins.)
 
29.
Amores Perros (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)
 
30.
Have You Seen Lupita? (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Lupita, a young Mexican girl, runs away from her family who want to commit her into a hospital. She... (90 mins.)
 
31.
Little Boy (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father. (106 mins.)
 
32.
Miss Bala (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding. (113 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Naranjo
 
33.
The Golden Dream (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A road movie about teenage immigrants and their journey to the U.S. (108 mins.)
 
34.
Leap Year (2010)
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Laura's personal life consists of one affair after another. She meets Arturo, and the pair enter into an intense, violent sexual relationship. As days go by, Laura crosses out the days on a calendar, revealing her secret past to her lover. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Rowe
 
35.
Buen Día, Ramón (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Ramon, a young Mexican boy, tries to cross the border for the fifth time but fails. His friend tells him about his aunt living in Germany and that she has a better life over there. Ramon then goes to Germany to find his friend's aunt. (120 mins.)
 
36.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
37.
The Mission (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. (125 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
38.
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle. (158 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
39.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (93 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
40.
Captain Pantoja and the Special Services (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen by his... (137 mins.)
 
41.
Aloft (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A struggling mother encounters the son she abandoned 20 years earlier. (112 mins.)
Director: Claudia Llosa
 
42.
The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the... (95 mins.)
Director: Claudia Llosa
 
43.
My Straight Son (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of Diego, a young and successful photographer that lives in the glamorous world of fashion... (114 mins.)
Director: Miguel Ferrari
 
44.
Bad Hair (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. (93 mins.)
Director: Mariana Rondón
 
45.
The Second Mother (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. (112 mins.)
Director: Anna Muylaert
 
46.
A Wolf at the Door (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A journey to the dark cutting edge of desires, lies and wickedness of a love triangle, from the moment a child is mysteriously kidnapped. (101 mins.)
 
47.
Güeros (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Tomas is too much for his lone mother so she sends him to live with his older brother Federico, aka Sombra, in Mexico City. (106 mins.)
 
48.
Apocalypto (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
49.
The Revenant (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. (156 mins.)
 
50.
A Matter of Courage (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Hermano, a successful doctor and enthusiastic rock climber, is planning to climb an almost invincible mountain in the Tierra del Fuego... (90 mins.)
Director: Roberto Gervitz
 
51.
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family. (101 mins.)
Director: Joshua Marston
 
52.
Aquarius (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife... (142 mins.)