by Alex Garcia Topete
This 10th DIFF, the LATINO SHOWCASE, Presented by El Creative and Univision, shines as bright as ever with a selection of films that span from Mexico all the way to Peru, and ranging from arthouse dramas to lighthearted romantic comedies.
For the fans of art films there’s ALL THE COLORS OF THE NIGHT and I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY, from Brazil and Mexico, respectively.
ALL THE COLORS OF THE NIGHT stands out as a tale of human darkness and magical realism, which may sound like an unlikely mix, but director Pedro Severien makes it all organic.
I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY, authored by Guatemalan director Jesus Hernandez Cordon, has a realist edge to it because of the technique behind it; yet, the intricacies and rawness of the narrative take it beyond the story itself. It’s no surprise that the film comes during its winning streak in festival’s worldwide, including San Sebastian, Toronto, Locarno, Rio de Janeiro, and Berlin, just to name a few.
Those more interested in the more historical, MAGALLANES will be the movie they won’t want to miss. Set in Peru, MAGALLANES deals with the country’s troubled history through the eyes of those that perpetrated and suffered it, highlighting the humanity beneath it all.
Lastly, audiences who want a more mainstream fare will find ROMANCING APRIL as their go-to option. The lighthearted romantic comedy will transport viewers to the beautiful city of Puebla as they accompany the lead characters through the typical arc of will-they-won’t-they of the genre.
Ultimately, these films as a whole mean that once again DIFF has something for everyone to enjoy peppered with Latino flavor.
DALLAS STAR AWARDOscar-nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman’s selected credits as a cinematographer include the Emmy nominated HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce and films including DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, and the Academy Award nominated film, CAROL.
DALLAS MAVERICK AWARDOur inaugural honoree, director, editor and producer Monte Hellman, has a career that spans six decades. He has exemplified cutting-edge filmmaking across multiple genres, working with budgets, from high-to-low, and with casts featuring stars to complete unknowns.