Cinema Tropical Announces Its Annual List of
Best Latin American Films of 2020
Featuring 25 Productions from Argentina, Brazil,
Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru,
Uruguay, and Venezuela, the Select Films Will Compete
for the 11th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards
Cinema Tropical, the non-profit media arts organization leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the United States celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, is proud to announce its annual list of Best Latin American Films of 2020, comprising 25 Latin American titles from ten different countries.
Featuring productions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, the list includes the Brazilian films Bacurau by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles and Invisible Life by Karim Aïnouz, winners of Cannes’ Jury Prize and the Un Certain Regard Award, respectively; Fernando Frías’ I’m No Longer Here, Mexico’s Oscar candidate for Best International Feature; the Chilean Oscar entry The Mole Agent by Maite Alberdi, named of the Best Documentaries of 2020 by IndieWire; and the Sundance Award Winner and Gotham Award Nominee Identifying Features by Fernanda Valadez.
The films selected to this list will compete for the 11th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards, which will offer awards for Best Film, Best Director, and Best First Film. The nominees for Best U.S. Latinx Film, as well as the jury members for this competitive category, will be made public on Monday, December 21.
The winners of the Cinema Tropical Awards will be announced in a special online ceremony on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, and will be selected by a jury composed of Diana Cadavid, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) and the Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali (FICCALI); film critic and programmer Jordan Cronk, founder of the Acropolis Cinema screening series in Los Angeles; Tamara Falicov, Professor of the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Associate Dean for Research in the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas; SXSW film programmer and consultant Jim Kolmar; and Chris Stults, Associate Curator in the Wexner Center for the Arts’ Film/Video Department.
All the films under consideration were a minimum of 60 minutes in length and premiered between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020.
Cinema Tropical’s List of Best Films of 2020:
(Listed alphabetically by title)
1. Bacurau by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, Brazil/France
2. The Cordillera of Dreams / La cordillera de los sueños by Patricio Guzmán, Chile/France
3. Corporate Accountability / Responsabilidad empresarial by Jonathan Perel, Argentina
4. The Dove and the Wolf / La paloma y el lobo by Carlos Lenin, Mexico
5. Ema by Pablo Larraín, Chile
6. The Fever / A Febre by Maya Da-Rin, Brazil/France
7. I Never Climbed the Provincia / Nunca subí el Provincia by Ignacio Agüero, Chile
8. Identifying Features / Sin señas particulares by Fernanda Valadez, Mexico/Spain
9. I’m No Longer Here / Ya no estoy aquí by Fernando Frías, Mexico/USA
10. Invisible Life / A Vida Invisível by Karim Aïnouz, Brazil/Greece
11. Isabella by Matías Piñeiro, Argentina/France
12. La Fortaleza by Jorge Thielen Armand, Venezuela/France/Netherlands/Colombia
13. La Llorona by Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France
14. La Mami by Laura Herrero Garvin, Mexico/Spain
15. La vida en común by Ezequiel Yanco, Argentina
16. Los Conductos by Camilo Restrepo, Colombia/France/Brazil
17. The Mole Agent / El agente topo by Maite Alberdi, Chile
18. Night Shot / Visión nocturna by Carolina Moscoso, Chile
19. Once Upon A Time in Venezuela / Érase una vez en Venezuela by Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, Venezuela/United Kingdom/Brazil/Austria
20. One in a Thousand / Las mil y una by Clarisa Navas, Argentina/Germany
21. Panquiaco by Ana Tejera, Panama
22. Song Without A Name / Canción sin nombre by Melina León, Peru/Spain/USA
23. The Tango of the Widower and Its Distorting Mirror / El tango del viudo y su espejo deformante by Raúl Ruiz and Valeria Sarmiento, Chile
24. Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine / Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino by Alex Piperno, Uruguay/Argentina/Brazil/Netherlands/Philippines
25. Workforce / Mano de obra by David Zonana, Mexico
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About Cinema Tropical and the Cinema Tropical Awards:
New York-based Cinema Tropical (CT) is the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the U.S. Founded by Carlos A. Gutiérrez and Monika Wagenberg in 2001 with the mission of distributing, programming and promoting what was to become the biggest boom of Latin American cinema in decades, CT has brought U.S. audiences some of the first screening of films such as Amores Perros and Y Tu Mamá También. Through a diversity of programs and initiatives, CT is thriving as a dynamic and groundbreaking 501(c)(3) non-profit media arts organization experimenting in the creation of better and more effective strategies for the distribution and exhibition of foreign cinema in this country. In 2011, on the occasion of the organization’s tenth anniversary, The Museum of Modern Art paid tribute to the work of Cinema Tropical with the special series ‘In Focus: Cinema Tropical.’ The Cinema Tropical Awards were created in 2010 to honor excellence in Latin American filmmaking, and it became the first international award entirely dedicated to honoring the artistry of recent Latin American cinema. In its inaugural year, the Awards were given to the Ten Best Latin American Films of the Aughts.