Documentary filmmaker Juan Pablo González centers his first drama, ‘Dos estaciones,’ on an artisanal tequila distillery run by a 50-year-old woman (played by Teresa Sánchez) who is the last in her family line of tequila makers.
Fernando León de Aranoa’s ‘The Good Boss,’ starring Javier Bardem, is an incredibly acerbic and entertaining addition to a long line of film comedies and dramas about corporate culture.
MANO speaks with the filmmakers behind the Brazil-based documentary, ‘The Territory,’ about filming with the Amazon’s Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau tribe, government assaults on land and Indigenous rights, and hopes — or the lack there of — for the looming presidential election.
It was a good week to be Bad Bunny, who saw his World’s Hottest Tour kick off with sold-out shows in Puerto Rico and Orlando, while ‘Bullet Train,’ in which he stars as a Mexican assassin alongside Brad Pitt, took in $65 million worldwide during its first weekend.
Anita Rocha da Silveira joins the Brazilian dystopian club with her mesmerizing, chilly, and unnerving sophomore feature, ‘Medusa,’ a provocative mix of genres that keeps you off-balance.
Directors Fried and Finkelstain, and their writers, show once again that Anglo-speaking directors could still learn a thing or two about idea-driven genre filmmaking from their counterparts in the so-called “Third World.”
‘Clara Sola’ is not only a prime example of the kind of films that are coming out of Costa Rica, but a worthy introduction to it. I also hope it opens the door to many more films from that country.
While some of my June recommendations may have been produced and distributed by such corporate entities as Netflix and HBO Max, they share one thing in common: they are all made of stars—Bardem, Banderas, Cruz, García, Estefan, J.Lo.