Below I have created an extensive list of resources for Spanish/Latin American films. Hopefully it will of use for those interested in Spanish/Latin American cinema and to that end I would like to thank the people/organisations would produced them.
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LAS 13 ROSES 2007 SPAIN LÁZARO, EMILIO MARTÍNEZ – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
True story of a young women imprisoned charged with helping the rebellion against Franco in the 1940’s.
14 KILÓMETROS/14 KILOMETERS 2007 SPAIN OLIVARES, GERARDO – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Three Africans set off on a journey to Spain looking for a better life but become stranded in the desert with little hope of survival.
Abel is an unstable child with mental problems who after his father leaves decides that he’s the man of the house, and begins acting like his absent father rather than the youngest child. To the surprise of everyone, adult responsibilities agree with Abel, and the family seems significantly happier with his new personality. But this proves to be short-lived when Abel’s real dad unexpectedly returns, and the two vie for the status of head of the household.
Level: AS, A2, KS4 Subject: Spanish, Film Studies
Almodovar tells a twisting tale of how a blind writer came to loose his sight.
Level: GCSE, Scottish Highers Subject: Spanish, Film Studies, Media Studies
Animated film based on the comic book by Paco Roca set in a care home for the elderly.
ARRANCAME LA VIDA/TEAR THIS HEART OUT 2008 MEXICO SNEIDER, ROBERTO – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
A beautiful young girl marries a rich charming and powerful man. However the wealth and money don’t necessarily bring freedom and happiness and her generous and seductive husband is not the man she dreamt of.
Comedy about a petty smuggler with an ingenious plan to provide toilet facilities to the masses when the Pope visits his local town.
Spanish black and white silent fantasy drama based on the Snow White fairy
Goya awarding winning film about teenage friendship.
Theo (Wagner Moura) perfect live changes overnight when his 15-year-old son Pedro goes missing. Theo drops everything and embarks on a journey throughout Brazil to find him
Sexy Almodovar thriller.
CENIZAS DEL CIELO/ASHES FROM THE SKY (12A) 2008 SPAIN QUIRÓS, JOSÉ ANTONIO – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Violent look at the child gangs in the slums of Rio de Janeiro Level: AS, A2, Subject: Citizenship, English, Film Studies Study Guide Spanish language study guide Cinescola
EL CIELO GIRA/SKY TURNS 2005 SPAIN ALVAREZ, MERCEDES – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Director Mercedes Alvarez was three years old when her parents left the village of La Aldea in the barren Northern Spanish Soria region. As the last child born in La Aldea the director return to the dying village to make this film.
LOS COLORES DE LA MONTANA 2010 COLUMBIA ARBELÁEZ, CÉSAR – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
This moving film tells the story of a football mad 9 year old boy living in a remote region of the Andes which is beset by fighting between the guerilla fighters and government troops.
23 years since his last film Jodorowsky return with a film about is own life growing up a Ukrainian-Jew is the small Chilean costal town of Tocopilla in the early 1930s. The film blends the directors personal story with metaphor, mythology, and poetry.
Tense drama about a teenage girl who becomes the object of increasingly violent bullying at her new school.
EL DIA DE LA BESTIA/DAY OF THE BEAST 1995 IGLESIA, ÁLEX DE LA. – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Darkest humoured horror film about a priest’s quest to prevent the birth of the Anti-Christ in Madrid on Christmas Day.
Based on the journals of Ché Guevara, this coming-of-age road movie follows the adventures of the young medical student Ché (Gael García Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granada (Rodrigo de la Serna) as they cross South America on motorbikes in the early 1950s, on their way to take up their medical residency at a leper colony in Peru.
Set in an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War which is haunted by a decomposing spirit.
Level: GCSE topic: Están en Peligro AS / A Level topic: crime Subject: Spanish
A remote Spanish village in the 1940’s a child becomes obsessed by the good-bad monster in the film Frankenstein. Victor Erice’s impressive film cloaks its political message in allegory.
On their way, they meet Chauk, an indigenous boy who can’t speak Spanish, but tags along. Continuing their journey they encounter kidnappers, drug traffickers and corrupt officials
Kika, a make-up artist is involved in a web of intrigue.
An adult fairy tale set in 1944 Spain, where both fantasy and reality are sinister and malevolent.
Level: AS, A2, GCSE, Scottish Highers Subject: Spanish, Film Studies, Media Studies
Ken Loach’s moving story of the Spanish Civil War and an unemployed Liverpool man, who heads for Spain as a volunteer to fight in the war. Level: AS, A2, GCSE Subjects: Film Studies, History
A school boys friendship with his teacher is tested with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.
Andres Woods semi-autobiographical film is set in Chile in 1973.
LA MÁQUINA DE PINTAR NUBES/THE CLOUD PAINTING MACHINE (15) 2009 SPAIN MAZO, A/TELLERÍA, P – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Coming-of-age tale set in Bilbao in 1974.
Thriller about a Colombia 17 years old who becomes involved in smuggling drugs to the USA. Level: AS, A2, Subject: Spanish
Mexican thriller about a poor Tijuana salesgirl who dreams of winning the local beauty pageant. However, she becomes embroiled in a nightmare world of organised crime when she witnesses the massacre of American anti-narcotics agents at a nightclub.
Level: AS, A2, KS4 Subject: Spanish, Citizenship, Film Studies, Media Studies, PSHE & Citizenship
LA MITAD DEL CIELO/HALF OF HEAVEN (12A) 1986 SPAIN ARAGÓN, MANUEL GUTIÉRREZ – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
A tale of female passion and determination in a male dominated world.
LA MUJER DEL ANARQUISTA/THE ANARCHIST’S WIFE (15) 2008 SPAIN SEHR,P/ NOËLLE, M – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Love story set during the Spanish Civil War.
LA NANA/MAID (15) CHILE 2009 SILVA, SEBASTIAN £15.99
Comedy drama and social commentary that explores the subtle and complex dynamics at work between a well-meaning upper class Chilean family and their Peruvian maid
Spanish thriller about Niño (Jesús Castro), a young man living in La Línea de la Concepción, who agrees to smuggle drugs from Africa to Spain.
OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS /SPANISH AFFAIR (15) 2014 SPAIN LAZARO, EMILIO MARTINEZ £19.99
A young man from Seville seeks to win the heart of a Basque girl in this hit Spanish comedy based on the culture clash between the north and south of Spain
Chilling ghost story
Antonio Banderas plays a plastic surgeon whose attempts to cultivate a new form of human skin have led to years of experimentation on a woman, Vera. But as the story of Vera’s past emerges, it becomes clear that the surgeon has a questionable agenda of his own as he manipulates her face and body for his own purposes.
Level: AS, A2, GCSE, KS4 Subject: Spanish, Film Studies, Media Studies
Set at the height of 1950s glamour, this film recounts the extraordinary relationship between Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Set at the height of 1950s glamour, this audience award winning drama recounts the extraordinary relationship between Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.
DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Academy Award-nominated film consisting of six stories about characters who cross the thin line that divides civilisation from barbarism.
Visceral and powerful portrait of a Mexican family bound by a monstrous secret.
TAMBIÉN LA LLUVIA/EVEN THE RAIN (15) 2012 SPAIN BOLLAÍN, ICIAR £14.99 Spanish actress, writer and director Icíar Bollaín directs this political docu-drama about an international film crew that arrives in rural Bolivia to make a film about Christopher Columbus. However, director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his crew find their project under threat when violent demonstrations break out locally against the corporate ownership of the area’s water rights. The film uses a dual storyline to draw parallels between issues of wealth, ownership and political power both 500 years ago, when Spain first conquered the New World, and today, when corporate giants use their money and power to ride roughshod over the rights of indigenous people.
Level: AS, A2, KS4 Subject: Spanish, Film Studies, Media Studies
¿TE ACUERDAS DE LAKE TAHOE?/LAKE TAHOE (12) 2008 MEXICO EIMBCKE, FERNANDO £15.99 – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Juan car crashes and as he is stranded in a small town he makes tentative connections with the people he has met and is finally able to find the strength to face up to a recent family tragedy.
TESIS (18) 1986 SPAIN AMENÁBAR, ALEJANDRO – AWAITING RE-ISSUE ON DVD
On the death of her son a single mother goes to find the boys father, a transvestite named Lola who does not know he had a child Level: AS, A2 Subject: Spanish, Women, Gender, Film Studies, Media Studies, PSHE & Citizenship
UN FRANCO, 14 PESETAS/CROSSING BORDERS (15) 2006 SPAIN IGLESIAS, CARLOS – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Gentle comedy about Spanish immigrants living in 1960s Switzerland
UN LUGAR EN EL MUNDO 1992 ARGENTINA ARISTARÁIN, ADOLFO – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
South American western
UNA MUJER FANTÁSTICA/A FANTASTIC WOMAN (15) 2017 CHILE LELIO , SEBASTIÁN DVD – £12.99 BLU RAY – £17.99
After Orlando dies his transgender partner, Marina, finds herself and her lifestyle coming under scrutiny by Orlando’s family and the police. Marina is banned from Orlando’s funeral and questioned and harassed relentlessly, while at the same time trying to grieve the loss of her partner.
Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar
LA VIDA PRECOZ Y BREVE DE SABINA RIVAS/ PRECOCIOUS & BRIEF LIFE OF SABINA RIVAS (15) 2012 MEXICO MANDOKI, LUIS £12.99
Honduran teenager Sabina Rivas (Greisy Mena) leaves her small town dreaming of becoming a famous singer in the USA. However first she must navigate through Mexico’s seedy underworld to reach her goal.
EL VIAJE DE TEO TEO’S JOURNEY (12A) 2009 MEXICO DOEHNER, WALTER – NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD
Eight-year-old Teo goes on a journey in search of his father, from whom he has been separated at the Mexican-US border.
Bunuel’s masterwork packed with black humour, anticlericism and scathing satire.
Set in El Salvador in the 1980s, an eleven-year-old boy who suddenly becomes the’man of the house’ after his father abandons the family in the middle of a civil war
Level: GCSE topic: relationships, first love AS / A Level topic: war, third world Subject:
After her death, a mother returns as a ghost, to fix a family situations she couldn’t resolve during her life.
Level: AS, A2, GCSE Subject: Spanish, Film Studies, Media Studies
The true story of an Argentinean family who lived alongside ex-Nazi SS Josef Mengele without knowing his true identity.
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