Celebrating its 25th edition, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from Latin America with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal.
Featuring gut-busting comedies, edge-of-your-seat thrillers and heartwarming coming-of-agers, this year's festival highlights the diversity of Latin American cinema through the lenses of promising new talents and award-winning filmmakers alike.
One of Washington's top cultural events, don't miss the chance to mingle with filmmakers, celebrate with embassies and sip the finest South American wines.
Take a sneak-peak at this year's lineup of exciting new films making their local premieres, and keep an eye on this page for more announcements and the full lineup in early September:
7TH FLOOR [Septimo]
Patxi Amezcua, Argentina/Spain
A desperate couple on the cusp of divorce (Ricardo Darin, THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES and Belen Rueda, THE ORPHANAGE) searches for their missing children in this tense thriller and box-office sensation.
AFTER THE RAIN [Depois da chuva]
Cláudio Marques, Marília Hughes, Brazil
The first student council elections after the end of the Brazilian dictatorship are fraught with the same drama as the first democratic Presidential elections in this fresh, punky political satire.
ALL ABOUT THE FEATHERS [Por las plumas]
Neto Villalobos, Costa Rica
A down-on-his-luck security guard buys a clueless fighting cock in this delightfully deadpan comedy. Official Selection, 2013 Toronto, San Sebastian Film Festivals; 2014 Miami, San Francisco Film Festivals.
BOOK OF LIFE
Jorge R. Gutierrez, US/Mexico
From producer Guillermo del Toro, this animated comedy follows the journey of Manolo (Diego Luna) as he travels across three fantastical worlds to win the heart of the beautiful Maria (Zoe Saldana).
THE BOY AND THE WORLD [O Menino e o Mundo]
Alê Abreu, Brazil
Filled with vibrant colors and samba rhythms, Brazilian artist Alê Abreu brings his unique vision to the big screen in this award-winning animated film. Best Film and Audience Award Winner, 2014 Annecy Animation Film Festival.
Fellipe Barbosa, Brazil
Set in the affluent suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, this striking debut film delicately unravels issues of class and race in modern day Brazil through the lens of 17-year-old Jean. Official Selection, 2014 Rotterdam Film Festival.
Enrique Collar, Paraguay
When a metal detector falls into David's lap, he becomes obsessed with the many myths about treasures buried in the Paraguayan hinterland. Official Selection, 2014 Rotterdam Film Festival.
THE CROWS NEST [Malacrianza]
Arturo Menendez, El Salvador
Piñata salesman Don Cleo is put to the test when a mysterious extortion note threatens to end his life, in the first Salvadoran narrative feature film in more than 40 years. World Premiere.
GOD'S SLAVE [Esclavo de dios]
Joel Novoa, Venezuela/Argentina
A riveting retelling of the events that led to the 1994 bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires, told through the eyes of an Islamic terrorist and an Israeli special agent. Special Jury Prize, 2014 Palm Beach Film Festival; Nueva Vision Award, 2014 Santa Barbara Film Festival.
ILLITERATE [Las analfabetas]
Moises Sepulveda, Chile
Paulina García (GLORIA) stars as Ximena, an illiterate middle-aged woman who comes under the tutelage of a much younger schoolteacher, in this sparkling drama. Official Selection, 2013 Venice Film Festival.
TO KILL A MAN [Matar a un hombre]
Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Chile
This taut psychological thriller tells the story of Jorge, a man pushed to the brink of reason when a gang of hooligans threatens the life of his family. Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Competition, 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
THE LIBERATOR [El libertador]
Alberto Arvelo, Venezuela
Édgar Ramírez (CARLOS, ZERO DARK THIRTY) stars as the legendary Simón Bolívar in this epic big-screen biopic of the South American freedom fighter. Official Selection, 2013 Toronto Film Festival, 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival.
LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED [Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados]
David Trueba, Spain
Spain, 1966. A high school English teacher (Javier Cámara, TALK TO HER) and a band of lost souls drive to Almería in hopes of meeting John Lennon, there filming HOW I WON THE WAR. Winner of six Goya Awards including Best Film, Director, Actor and Screenplay.
Maria Gamboa, Colombia
Threatened with expulsion and in danger of succumbing to a life of crime, 16-year-old Mateo must join a radical theatre group if he wants to turn his life around. Ibero-American Opera Prima Award, Screenwriting Award, 2014 Miami Film Festival.
THE MILITANT [El lugar del hijo]
Manuel Nieto Zas, Uruguay
Student organizer Ariel is in for a rude awakening when he relocates to his childhood hometown and joins the meat packers' protest in this surreal fish-out-of-water satire. Official Selection, 2013 Toronto Film Festival.
THE MUTE [El mudo]
Daniel Vega, Diego Vega, Peru
The Vega brothers (OCTUBRE) return with this dark comedy about an unsympathetic judge seeking retribution after a stray bullet leaves him speechless. Official Selection, 2013, Locarno, Toronto Film Festivals; Best Director, Best Actor, 2014 Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival.
NATURAL SCIENCES [Ciencias naturales]
Matías Lucchesi, Argentina
Twelve-year-old Lila escapes her remote boarding school in search of the father she's never known in this sweet coming-of-age story. Best Feature Film, Generation Kplus, 2014 Berlin Film Festival; Best Film, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, 2014 Guadalajara Film Festival.
Mariana Chenillo, Mexico
When an overweight couple moves from the sheltered paradise of the suburbs to the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, they pledge to lose weight together in this lovely romantic comedy from Mariana Chenillo (NORA'S WILL). Official Selection, 2013 Toronto Film Festival.
SOUTH OF INNOCENCE [Al sur de la inocencia]
Héctor Valdez, Dominican Republic
Step-siblings Vera and Andres flee to the south of the DR, hoping to leave their troubled past behind in this fresh, sexy debut from Héctor Valdez. Opening Night Film, 2014 Dominican Film Festival.
A WOLF AT THE DOOR [O Lobo atrás da Porta]
Fernando Coimbra, Brazil
An extramarital affair takes a twisted turn in this pulse-pounding thriller based on a true Rio crime story. Best Film, Best Actress, 2013 Rio De Janeiro Film Festival; Horizons Award, 2013 San Sebastian Film Festival; Grand Jury Prize, Best Director, Knight Competition, 2014 Miami Film Festival.
Look for the fall issue of AFI Preview, featuring the AFI Latin American Film Festival, in the Washington Post on September 12!
Tickets & Festival Passes!
$13 General Admission
$10 AFI Members (2-star level & higher)
Explore Latin American cinema with an AFI Latin American Film Festival pass — the Pase Especial! Want to see all the hottest films in the festival without having to worry about buying tickets in advance? With the Pase Especial, you have priority access to every film. NO TICKETS NEEDED. The all-access Pase Especial gives you admission for one to every screening in the AFI Latin American Film Festival, including Opening and Closing Night and Festival Happy Hours. Valued at more than $500!
COMBO TICKET PACKAGES
If you plan to buy eight or more tickets to films in the AFI Latin American Film Festival, in any combination, ask for the Combo Ticket Package discounted rate of just $10 per ticket. (Normal ticket price for all AFI Latin American Film Festival screenings is $13) You can buy several tickets to one show, or one ticket to several shows! It's perfect for families attending shows together and festival-goers who have planned out their schedule of must-see shows in advance.
Combo Ticket Package purchases must be completed in a single transaction at the AFI Silver box office for discount to apply. Offer does not apply to web sales, Special Presentations or shows with a higher ticket price.
Early Bird Pricing for the Pase Especial!
$125 General Public/$100 AFI Members and Students
After August 29:
$150 General Public/$125 AFI Members and Students
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A PASS
WEEKLY HAPPY HOURS
Stop by the AFI Silver Café every Thursday and Friday during the festival from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for Happy Hour! Happy Hours feature complimentary snacks, Latin American drink specials and festive music. Enjoy a cold drink and a delicious appetizer before your film.
Happy Hour dates: September 19, 25, 26, October 2 and 3
Happy Hour specials are valid only for AFI Latin American Film Festival pass holders and ticket holders to films playing on the given dates.