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Ibero-American Competition

The Ibero-American Competition celebrates the power, originality, and influence of the storytelling talent in the region. We are proud to present eight narrative features and documentaries in competition. These films hail from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Uruguay. We are also proud to have many first-time directors and a majority of women directors who, with their unique styles, raise questions concerning civil liberties, racial identity, and gender equality, all while giving us endearing characters in unforgettable stories.

A jury made up of film-industry professionals and journalists will be responsible for selecting the winning film. The winner will be announced at the Golden Space Needle Awards and receive a cash prize of $1,500.

Criollo

Uruguay | 2019 | 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 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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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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