2010, 104 min, Argentina, Dir: Miguel Cohan

After narrowly escaping being run over by a ventriloquist, Pablo (Agustín Vasquez) is the victim of a hit-and-run by teenagers Matiás (Martín Slipak) and Chaucha (Felipe Villanueva). The bad situation spirals out of control as Matiás concocts a story that his car was stolen, meanwhile nervously hearing reports that Pablo has gone into a coma, and as Matiás' father (Federico Luppi) inadvertently stirs up TV interest when he goes looking for witnesses to the falsely reported crime. In filmmaker Miguel Cohan's debut feature from the producers of THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES, the common cinematic trope of a pivotal car accident is given sensitive and intriguingly unpredictable treatment, resulting in a critically lauded, understated thriller. Nominated for six Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina Awards, and winner of Best First Work and Best Supporting Actor (Slipak). In Spanish with English subtitles.

2011, 100 min, Argentina, Dir: Fernando Spiner

Gaucho Aballay (Pablo Cedrón) brutally kills a man during a routine highway hold-up. When he sees the shattered and terrified look on the face of the murdered man's young son, Julián, hidden during the attack, Aballay resolves to change his criminal ways. Ten years later, the gaucho has become a mysterious local saint, forever mounted on a horse as penance for his earlier deeds. A grown-up Julián (Nazareno Casero) materializes in town seeking revenge for his father's death, with pictures sketched from his memory of the murderous culprits. Julián's relationship with his father's murderer becomes more complex than he bargained for when predatory psychopath El Muerto (Claudio Rissi) forces him to seek Aballay's protection. "An homage to both Argentina's gaucho culture and the brutal oaters of Sam Peckinpah and Walter Hill, ABALLAY is raw, surreal and memorable… broodingly intense, fierce and visually dazzling… Helmer Fernando Spiner brilliantly makes his point about the violence that underpins both Argentinean and American popular culture. " – Variety. In Spanish with English subtitles.

2011, Elle Driver, 88 min, Italy, Dir: Emanuele Crialese

While fishing in the sea near their home island of Linosa, Sicily, aging fisherman Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio) and his 20-year-old grandson Filippo (Filippo Pucillo) spot a dinghy packed to the gills with illegal immigrants in transit from North Africa. Afraid that some of the men and women on the floundering raft will drown, Ernesto offers help, and ultimately welcomes a young Ethiopian boy and his pregnant mother back to his home - at the risk of being found out and arrested by the police. With this particularly timely drama, director and co-writer Emanuele Crialese (RESPIRO, GOLDEN DOOR) sheds light on the current hot-button issue of illegal immigration in Italy, and on the often horrific civil injustices that have arisen from the conflict. With Beppe Fiorello and Donatella Finocchiaro. In Italian with English subtitles.

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