Mexican Alfonso Suarez Romero’s debut is an offbeat mystery drama that’s unspooled at El Cairo and Bombay fests. Imcine
Bad Day to Go Fishing
Two-bit hustler and aging wrestler set out to scam folks in small-town Latin America noir comedy. Bavaria.
Before the World Ends
(Casa de Cinema de Porto de Alegre)
Teen’s life through the eyes of his 7-year-old sister from Brazilian Ana Luiza Azevedo. Ondamax
Boogie, el aceitoso
An animated, hard-boiled criminal satire, which bowed Oct. 22 in the No. 3 spot in Argentina. Illusion
Mexican sheep heist dramedy handsomely shot and cast by first-timer Humberto Hinojosa. Cinema Republic.
The Boyfriend of My Wife
Juan Taratuto’s matrimonial comedy, B.O. hit and strong foreign seller, including a WB U.S. remake deal. FilmSharks
Cuestion de principios
(Linea de 3 Prods.)
A older man’s ethics are tested when his yuppie boss wants to buy a collector’s item from him. Directed by Rodrigo Grande, pic had nabbed 112,000 Argentine admissions through Oct. 25.
Desire permeates traditional Mexican town in film by Mexico’s Antonio Zavala. Ondamax
(Azul/VPCCinema/Villa del Cine)
Fact and fiction fuse in prison camp memoirs of a former sidekick of Salvador Allende, the Chilean president ousted by a U.S.-backed coup in 1973, brought to life by Chilean helmer Miguel Littin. Latinofusion
Flores en el desierto
Lensed by Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio (Toro Negro), non-linear doc blends digital, 16mm and 8mm footage to depict the rituals and routines of Mexico’s peyote-eating Huichol people.
(La Expresion del Deseo)
Intimate family portrait from versatile Argentine auteur Adrian Caetano (“Buenos Aires, 1977”). Primer Plano/Magma
Ecuadorian teen sets out in search of father to a death metal score in magical-realist drama shot in black and white. Escalon
Psychological thriller from Puerto Rico’s Rafi Mercado: An artist, his g.f. and best friend live life on the edge. Ondamax
Eponymous hero seeking self finds love and further sexual confusion in the arms of a former girlfriend. Uruguayan Enrique Buchichio helms. Wide Management
Of Love and Other Demons
Costa Rican Hilda Hidalgo adapts Gabriel Garcia-Marquez’s tale of impossible love. Market preems at Ventana Sur. Latinofusion/
Nora’s gone, but her spirit lives on in Mexican frosh helmer Mariana Chenillo’s acid comedy. Latinofusion.
A dark psychological thriller with “The American Friend” undertones from Gerardo Herrero. Latido
Mexican Rigoberto Perezcano’s U.S.-Mexico border-hopping tale. A frosh feature and San Sebastian favorite. Latinofusion
(Zazen/San Luis Cine)
A character-driven rehab drama with strong ensemble cast. World preemed to applause at Valladolid. Primer Plano
Peruvian debutante Hector Galvez’s gritty Venice player focuses on the damaged lives and sweet dreams of a street gang on the outskirts of Lima. Chullachaki
(Oh My Gomez! Films)
In Marco Berger’s debut feature, a young man plots to get even with his ex-girlfriend by courting her new boyfriend.
La Sangre y la Lluvia
Venice Days closer in which a femme cokehead and taxi driver meet on Bogota’s mean streets one rainy, fateful night. Rezo
The Secret in their Eyes
(Tornasol/Haddock/ 100 Bares/El Secreto de Sus Ojos)
Juan Jose Campanella’s thriller-romance. Ricardo Darin stars as a lawyer unpicking his own, and Argentina’s, pasts. Already a strong seller. Latido
(Nos Outros/Dezenove/Som e Imagems)
Love and loss in a deserted Brasilia. From Walter Salles co-director Daniela Thomas’ and theater director Felipe Hirsch. U Media
Tear this Heart Out
Mexican meller and B.O. smash hit. FilmSharks
To the Sea
Father and young son fish and bond on Mexico’s emerald-watered Banco Chinchorro coral reef. A near-docu movie-cum-chill-out. MK2
A closeted gay fisherman dithers between his conscience and reputation. Well-received at San Sebastian.
La Vida Util
An inspired black and white fiction tribute to film and cinematheques from Federico Veiroj (“Acne”).
In the third pic from Jose Campusano, a tough biker with high moral standards has a run-in with a teenage drug dealer, sparking a turf war.
Widows on Thursday
(Haddock Films/Tornasol Films/Castafiore Films)
A triple murder rattles the tranquility of a gated community in a Marcelo Pineyro-directed thriller. Buoyant 505,000 tix sold in Argentina through Oct. 25.