Ibero-American Cinema

Latin American cinema is nurtured by a vast diversity, a unique history, and a long, rich tradition of storytelling. Its powerful documentaries and works of fiction have always been fantastic, with larger-than-life themes, characters, and legends igniting our imaginations, our senses, and our emotions.

Criollo

Uruguay | 2020 | 79 minutes | Pablo Banchero

April 8 - 18, 2021

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Raised on his grandmother’s cooking, celebrated Uruguayan chef Hugo Soca takes us through the heart of his nation’s rich culinary traditions—from homemade wine to Pampas barbecue to simmering fish stew and all points in-between—in this mouth-watering, joyous celebration.

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The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet

Argentina | 2021 | 73 minutes | Ana Katz

April 8 - 18, 2021

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In Argentinian filmmaker Ana Katz’s bittersweet and warmly existential feature shot over several years, a gentle man searches for love amid a litany of new jobs while a changing world flirts with the apocalypse.

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Fly So Far

El Salvador | 2021 | 88 minutes | Celina Escher

April 8 - 18, 2021

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After serving ten years behind bars for her miscarriage, considered by her government to be an act of aggravated murder, Teodora Vásquez becomes a spokesperson for the other 16 Salvadoran women behind bars for the same “crime” in this story of sorority, resilience, and solidarity.

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The Heist of the Century

Argentina | 2020 | 114 minutes | Ariel Winograd

April 8 - 18, 2021

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A motley gang of six middle-aged men, led by an aging stoner and a master actor, pulls off the most daring bank robbery in Argentina’s history, leading to folk hero status—and an unexpected reckoning. Based on the incredible true story.

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Nahuel & the Magic Book

Chile | 2020 | 98 minutes | Germán Acuña

April 8 - 18, 2021

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A curious young boy, a healer’s apprentice, and a talking wolf go on a seafaring adventure to rescue the boy’s fisherman father from a wicked sorcerer who is after a book that grants its reader magical powers. Ages 8+

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Nudo Mixteco

Mexico | 2021 | 91 minutes | Ángeles Cruz

April 8 - 18, 2021

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Set against the backdrop of the annual Festival of San Mateo, writer/director Ángeles Cruz weaves a rich tapestry of three Indigenous women navigating love, sex, and desire within the often-crushing strictures of customs and traditions.

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The Pink Cloud

Brazil | 2021 | 103 minutes | Iuli Gerbase

April 8 - 18, 2021

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When a mysterious and lethal pink cloud appears over a Brazilian city, two people engaging in a one-night stand are forced to quarantine together over several years in this eerie and prescient science-fiction film that now seems all too real.

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Rebel Objects

Costa Rica | 2020 | 70 minutes | Carolina Arias Ortiz

April 8 - 18, 2021

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Haunted by a long-broken relationship with her father, anthropologist Carolina Arias Ortiz returns to her childhood home of Costa Rica to repair their relationship while haunted by the otherworldly mystery of ancient stone spheres in this lyrical and poetic debut feature.

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The Song of the Butterflies

Peru | 2020 | 65 minutes | Núria Frigola

April 8 - 18, 2021

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Rember Yahuarcani, a member of the Uitoto Nation, struggles in his every existence to find new artistic inspiration. He returns home to the forests, to learn the stories of how his people were nearly extinguished and how his loving grandmother survived to nurture the memories of their ancestors.

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Valentina

Brazil | 2020 | 95 minutes | Cássio Pereira dos Santos

April 8 - 18, 2021

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When trans teen Valentina moves from the city to a small, conservative town, the community quickly sets up roadblocks to her happiness, forcing the shy teen to stand her ground in this inspiring and hopeful story of gender expression and solidarity.

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Closing Night Celebration and Film

April 18, 2021

The 2021 Seattle International Film Festival Closing Night Celebration featuring the joyful Calan dramedy Rosa's Wedding (Spain), directed by Icíar Bollaín.

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Rosa’s Wedding

Spain | 2020 | 97 minutes | Icíar Bollaín

April 18, 2021

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In this joyful Catalan dramedy, costume designer Rosa is about to turn 45 and sick of being taken for granted, taken advantage of, and putting out other people’s fires. Taking control of her own life, she announces a surprise engagement to a mysterious suitor, much to the dismay of her family.

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