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THE CUSTODIAN (El Custodio)
Director: Rodrigo Moreno
Argentina   |   2006   |   93 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis As a bodyguard for a high profile politician, Ruben is reduced to a mere shadow of a man: every action in his life is regulated by a series of mundane routines, and everywhere his boss goes he must follow, watching but never speaking. Resigned to his invisibility, his life is a series of days without meaning, punctuated only by visits to a prostitute, in this compelling chronicle by first-time director Rodrigo Moreno of a man without any true identity or connection to the world in which he lives.

About the Director Rodrigo Moreno was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1972. He graduated from the directing program at the Universidad del Cine, where he has been teaching screenwriting and directing since 1996. He collaborated as writer and director with Ulises Rosell and Andrés Tambornino on the feature film Sweet Repose (2002), an offbeat comedy that won Best Film at Images du Monde Festival (Canada). He also wrote and directed Compañeros, the last segment of the episodic feature Bad Times (1998). He has previously directed several short films, his first being Nosotros (1993), which screened at the Berlin International Film Festival Forum (Germany) and won Best Film at the Bilbao Festival (Spain). The Custodian is his first feature film.

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Featured in the Global Lens 2008 film series.

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ON EACH SIDE (A Cada Lado)
Director: Hugo Grosso
Argentina   |   2006   |   101 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Constructing the Rosario-Victoria Bridge in the interior or Argentina is a two-year process, which transforms lives on both sides of the river. As the bridge take shape, carefree boys grow into teenagers, a mysterious engineer touches the life of his landlord, and a photographer documents the process of change. But no one is prepared for the transformation that begins only once the bridge is complete. Grosso uses the metaphor of a bridge to reflect the themes of passage, union, and transition in his characters' lives.

About the Director Hugo Grosso was born in Rosario, Argentina, in 1955. He studied filmmaking at Taller de Cine Arteon, EPCTV de Rosario and UNR. Grosso helped to create a school for filmmaking and TV in Rosario, where he has taught and held the post of headmaster at various times since 1984. He also helped to form the Festival Latinoamericano de Video de Rosario, and has held government positions in audio-visual media. Grosso's documentaries include La Salvaje: Rita, con el alma el desnudo (1999) and Donde Comienza el Camino (Where the Road Begins, 2005). On Each Side is his first feature film.

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LIFE KILLS ME (La Vida Me Mata)
Director: Sebastián Silva
Chile   |   2007   |   92 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, both absurd and poignant, in this smart comedy about an unlikely friendship between a grieving cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. At work on a seriously schlocky, low-budget horror film, Gaspar is still reeling from the untimely death of his beloved older brother when he meets Alvaro at yet another premature funeral. A mildly sociopathic young man with an unyielding curiosity for the dark side, Alvaro soon coaxes Gaspar out of his shell in unexpected ways, in a debut film that pulses with a sure cinematic style as it channels a compassionate vision of frail, formidable, unforgettable lives.


About the Director Sebastián Silva was born in Santiago, Chile in 1979. He studied filmmaking at the Escuela de Cine de Chile in Santiago and English at McGill University in Montreal, while pursuing his career as an artist and musician. His second feature,The Maid, won the World Cinema Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. His fourth feature,Crystal Fairy, premiered as an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Life Kills Me is his first feature film.


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POSSIBLE LIVES (Las Vidas Posibles)
Director: Sandra Gugliotta
Argentina   |   2007   |   80 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis After her husband mysteriously disappears during a business trip to Patagonia, Clara embarks on a desperate mission to find him. During her search, she makes a startling discovery: a man with an uncanny resemblance to her spouse, but with another name and a wife. Convinced the stranger may be her husband, she ignores entreaties to quit her search just as police discover a body that may be the real man she seeks. Shot amid majestic vistas and suffused with vibrant color and sexuality, director Sandra Gugliotta's feature is a haunting and suspenseful study of grief and letting go.

About the Director Sandra Gugliotta was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1969. She studied at the Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica in Madrid. Her filmmaking career began as a producer of independent films and documentaries for television. Her short film, Noches Áticas, was included in the feature Historias Breves I, and her first feature film, A Lucky Day, won the Caligari Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Possible Lives is her second feature film.

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MUTUM
Director: Sandra Kogut
Brazil   |   2007   |   86 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Thiago is a sensitive and imaginative boy living on a small, hardscrabble farm in a remote region of Brazil. His life is filled not only with curiosity and youthful discovery, but also the reality of his parent's unhappy marriage and his father's abuse—all of which are one day changed by a chance encounter and unexpected gift. Director Sandra Kogut, in her poetic adaptation of the Brazilian short story Campo Geral, focuses on minute details of rural life to tell a bittersweet story of one boy's coming-of-age amidst events both great and small.

About the Director Sandra Kogut was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1965. She began her career creating performance pieces and installations in Brazil, France and the United States. Her short films have won numerous awards at festivals worldwide and her work has been featured in many venues throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Harvard Film Archive and the Forum des Images. Mutum is her first feature film.

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MY TIME WILL COME (Cuando Me Toque A Mi)
Director: Víctor Arregui
Ecuador   |   2008   |   90 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis A predawn murder sets in motion a series of interlocking tragedies that eventually find their way to the city morgue's brooding Dr. Arturo Fernandez. Physically and emotionally isolated from the world around him, Arturo develops an oddly intimate relationship with the personal lives of his cases, gradually forcing him to confront his connection to the living, and the dead. Adapted from the novel De Que Nada Se Sabe, director Víctor Arregui's serpentine tale is a dark but sympathetic portrait of one man's solitude set against a richly textured rendering of Quito, Ecuador's capital city.

About the Director Víctor Arregui was born in Guaranda, Ecuador in 1962. He began his career working as a cameraman and director of photography for television and documentary films; as a photographer, he conducted prize–winning work with UNICEF. In 1999 he made the short film, El Tropezon, as part of the project "Ecuador en Corto (Ecuador in Short Films)." In 2003 his first feature, Offside, screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world. My Time Will Come is his second feature film.

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GODS (Dioses)
Director: Josué Méndez
Peru   |   2008   |   91 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In director Josué Méndez’s stylishly composed second feature, Elisa—the soon-to-be-wife of a wealthy industrialist—is eager to shed her working-class background in favor of the opulence of her fiance’s elite lifestyle. To her dismay, she soon realizes her hopes to slip into magazine-ready images of domestic splendor must also include her future stepchildren: Diego, who is hounded by his overbearing father and reluctantly preparing to enter the family business, and Andrea, Diego’s party-girl sister and the object of both his desire and disgust. As Elisa embraces her new life of lavish parties and beachfront estates, Diego and Andrea rebel against their upper-class upbringing, setting the stage for an ironic contrast of fate and ambition in this biting satire on upper-crust wealth and privilege.


About the Director Josué Méndez was born in 1976 in Lima, Peru. He graduated with a degree in Film Studies and Latin American Studies from Yale University in 1998. His first film, Días de Santiago, Peru’s Official Entry for the 2004 Academy Awards, won more than 35 international awards. In addition to his work as executive producer and editor for film, he has written and directed for Peruvian television, advertising and theater. Dioses is his second feature film.


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DVD Release Date: June 28th 2011


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THE TENANTS (Os Inquilinos)
Director: Sérgio Bianchi
Brazil   |   2009   |   103 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Despite a recent wave of violent crime in the city, manual laborer and night student Valter lives a relatively content life with his family in working-class São Paulo. But when three young criminals move in next door, a bunker mentality sets in and Valter soon discovers he is not the only one perversely affected by the mounting chaos of a city under siege, or the unsettling presence of his new neighbors. Building tension throughout with stylish sequences that blend reality and fevered imagination, Sérgio Bianchi’s gripping domestic thriller offers a shrewd portrait of the social and psychological impact of urban violence, depicting a community beset yet also aroused by a permeating atmosphere of destruction.

About the Director Sérgio Bianchi was born in Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil, in 1945. A resident of São Paulo since 1968, he graduated from the Communications and Arts School at the University of São Paulo and began his career in film and photography in 1972. In addition to several short films, his features include Romance, The Secret Cause and Chronically Unfeasible.

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DVD Release Date: March 2012

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LEO'S ROOM (El Cuarto De Leo)
Director: Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay   |   2009   |   92 minues
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In the heart of Montevideo, the affable but secretly troubled Leo wraps himself in the comfort of his small rented room, unmotivated to finish his college thesis or find a job, and content with infrequent visits from his girlfriend. After their six-month relationship ends, Leo begins to break out of his shell by cruising the Internet for a new companion, enlisting the aid of a sympathetic therapist along the way. However, it isn’t until he has a chance reunion with a classmate that he is forced to consider the true meaning of his reclusive lifestyle, and a future outside the metaphoric safety of his room. Featuring an affecting soundtrack and an equally endearing cast of characters, director Enrique Buchichio’s affirming drama is a unique vision of isolation and coming-of-age set against a modern tale of romance and friendship.

About the Director Enrique Buchichio was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1973. In 2005, he was selected for the Talent Campus Buenos Aires competition, organized by the Universidad del Cine in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2007 he released the short Noche Fría. Leo’s Room is his first feature film.

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DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011

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BECLOUD (Vaho)
Director: Alejandro Gerber Bicecci
Mexico   |   2009   |   117 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis On a dry lakebed in 1964, a trucker and his companion find a baby boy at the dry breast of its dead mother. Years later the trucker operates an ice factory in a poor urban district with his son, José, who dreams of one day striking out on his own. Neighbor Felipe, meanwhile, works at an Internet café and another neighbor, Andrés, lives with his alcoholic father but spends his free time studying Mexico’s pre-Columbian golden age. All three share a defining incident from their childhood, linking the destinies of their entire neighborhood to the lakebed and baby from years earlier. In this shrewd and well-acted story, director Alejandro Gerber Bicecci turns a tangled neighborhood tale into an enthralling mix of history, memory and atonement, creating an unexpected parable of modern Mexico itself.


About the Director Alejandro Gerber Bicecci was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1977. He graduated cum laude from the Film Training Center CCC (Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica) and has received numerous grants and fellowships for filmmaking and screenwriting. He is a prolific producer of documentaries and shorts, and his second documentary, Morada, won the Golden Mikeldi at the Bilbao International Film Festival and screened worldwide. Becloud is his first feature film.


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DVD Release Date: June 28th 2011


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