Sin La Habana is a film about destiny, power dynamics, and prophecy through the eyes of its three main characters. Leonardo (Yonah Acosta) and Sara (Evelyn O’Farrill), a young Afro-Cuban couple, are desperate to leave the island.
Written & directed by Justin Lerner (Girlfriend), CADEJO BLANCO is the story of Sarita (Karen Martínez), a working-class girl from Guatemala City, who travels to the seaside town of Puerto Barrios to infiltrate a group of young gang members. She risks her life to find out what happened to her missing sister, Bea (Pamela Martínez). In the process, Sarita becomes involved with her sister’s dangerous ex, Andrés (Rudy Rodríguez) and slowly gets closer to the truth about what happened to her.
The year 2021 marks the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. To commemorate the historical occasion, director Rodrigo Reyes offers a poignant hybrid-cinema experience to explore the brutal legacy of colonialism in contemporary Mexico.
Through the eyes of a ghostly conquistador (played by newcomer Eduardo San Juan Breña), Reyes recreates Hernán Cortez’s epic journey from the coasts of Veracruz to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the site of contemporary Mexico City. As this fictional character is forced to interact with real victims and subjects of Mexico’s failed drug wars, Reyes portrays the country’s current humanitarian crisis as part of a vicious and unfinished colonial project, still in motion, nearly five-hundred years later.
The first feature film by Phil Sheerin, written by David Turpin, The Winter Lake is a decent entry into the psychological thriller genre.
Synopsis: Alienated, 16 year-old Tom (Anson Boon) has relocated from the UK to Ireland, with his Irish-born mother, Elaine (Charlie Murphy). While exploring the farmland, he comes across an odd finding in a seasonal lake, the skeleton of an infant. Not sure what to do, Tom hides the remains among his belongings.
The new film by Christian Petzold (Transit, Phoenix, Barbara) is a bittersweet romance that reinterprets the curse of the European mythological figure, Undine.
Synopsis: Undine works as a historian lecturing on Berlin’s urban development. But when the man she loves leaves her, the ancient myth catches up with her. Undine has to kill the man who betrays her, and return to the water.
Starring Samantha Robinson (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Love Witch), For Your Considerationsatirically distills the filmmaking process into a single conversation. Over lattes, the privileged few riff on society’s inequities to decide who gets to be seen and heard. And as the characters pat themselves on the back, the audience is left to question their own entitlement.
Directed by Poppy Gordon and co-written by Mexican-American screenwriter Aldo Arias, For Your Consideration aims to challenge the existing power structures of popular culture.
As this year’s winner of the 2021 Micki Moore Award at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival (TJFF), Lune is a powerful film about politics, religion, bipolar disorder, the mental health care system, and parenting.
Set in 1994 Toronto, Miriam, a South African-born Jew, navigates a manic episode triggered by her determination to vote for the recently-freed Nelson Mandela. Having spent years fighting apartheid, Miriam is eager to return to South Africa to vote in the historic election. But her mania escalates when she meets her teenage daughter’s African Canadian boyfriend.
Danish singer and songwriter, Lukas Forchhammer, has been performing since his early childhood years. Being a member of a band was only natural for his life trajectory. In his early twenties, he became lead singer of the Danish band Lukas Graham. The band formed in 2011 and gained popularity across Denmark from their YouTube homemade videos of their songs.
Andrew Chung‘s first feature, White Elephant, offers a fresh perspective based on many 1990s high school rom-coms.
Set in 1996, in a majority-minority neighbourhood in Scarborough, 16-year-old Pooja (Zaarin Bushra) finds herself torn between her crush on Trevor, a white boy (Jesse Nasmith), and her friends Manpreet (Gurleen Singh) and Amit(Dulmika Hapuarachchi).