2016, The Orchard, 107 min, Chile/ Argentina/ France/ Spain/ USA, Dir: Pablo Larraín

Although he was Chile’s greatest poet, Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) was forced into hiding during the government’s anti-communist crackdown in 1948. This distinctive biographical drama sees the future Nobel laureate’s life through the eyes of a police inspector (Gael García Bernal, terrific here) trying to track him down. “A stunningly inventive take on the function rather than the life of a writer … a work of such cleverness and beauty, alongside such power, that it’s hard to know how to parcel out praise.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.

2014, 100 min, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, France, USA, Dir: Pablo Fendrik

A visually sumptuous adventure about a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentinian rainforest to rescue a family from ruthless land-grabbers bent on stealing their farm, ARDOR is written and directed by Pablo Fendrik and stars Gael García Bernal (NO, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES) and Alice Braga (I AM LEGEND, CITY OF GOD) working together for the first time since their collaboration in Fernando Meirelles’ BLINDNESS. ARDOR made its world premiere as an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles.

2001, 20th Century Fox, 106 min, Mexico, Dir: Alfonso Cuaron

Best friends Tenoch and Julio (Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal), the former a wealthy aristocrat's son and the latter from a working class background, take off on a free-wheeling road trip through Mexico. While on the road, they meet and befriend a seductive older woman (Maribel Verdu), who helps the young men learn some valuable things about themselves, while guarding a few secrets of her own. With sensuous cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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