Short, Short Stories for Your Busy, Busy Life
By Angie Romero | 03/12/2010 - 20:00

Looking for some good reading material? I am, since I’ve been spending most of my time on airplanes lately. And what better book than one that doesn’t require too much of my time but still satisfies?


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Berlin Film Festival Spotlight: 'Broder!'
By Angie Romero | 03/10/2010 - 13:31

It’s tempting to call director Jeferson De’s Bróder! São Paulo’s answer to City of God. But make no mistake: this is not a film about poverty and violence. Though crime definitely affects the lives of these characters (this is Capão Redondo, after all, one of the scariest favelas in Brazil), Bróder! focuses instead on relationships, specifically the brotherhood between Macu, Jaiminho, and Pibe.


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Berlin Film Festival Spotlight: "El Vuelco del Cangrejo"
By Angie Romero | 03/05/2010 - 16:00

One of the standout Latin American films screened during this year’s Berlinale was Colombia’s El Vuelco del Cangrejo (Crab Trap), which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2009. I was particularly interested in this one, since it’s one of the newest productions that speak to Colombia’s burgeoning cinema movement.


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Berlin Film Festival Spotlight: Julia Bacha's "Budrus"
By Angie Romero | 02/23/2010 - 16:07

To tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict takes cojones, whether you're a politician, a diplomat, a journalist, an activist, a filmmaker, or a regular citizen on either side of the debate. The conversations surrounding this topic, even with the dearest of friends, can be heated, uncomfortable, and emotional rather than calm, objective, and rational. But that was never going to stop award-winning Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha from creating the amazing (and I don't use that word lightly) documentary, Budrus.


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Willkommen in Berlin!
By Smriti Mundhra | 02/19/2010 - 15:04

Greetings from Berlin! I’m here with Latina contributing editor Smriti Mundhra for the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, where we’ve seen a bunch of great movies from Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Spain, and beyond. A lot of these movies are having their world premieres here, which means that the crew and actors have all traveled long distances to present their art. And if you’ve ever been to Berlin, you know this place knows a little somethin’ somethin’ about great art.


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From Mexico with Love
By Angie Romero | 02/16/2010 - 18:00

Never mind From Paris With Love. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but today, it’s all about yummy Kuno Becker (of Goal! fame). In From Mexico With Love (out now on DVD) Becker, 31, plays a Texas farm laborer and part-time prizefighter who goes up against a rich, gringo rancher threatening to take away his family’s earnings and deport them.


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Watch: Couples Retreat
By Angie Romero | 02/09/2010 - 16:00

More than one person I know is having relationship dramz right now. The details I surely won’t get into, but I will say this: I hope they can kiss and make-up in time for Valentine’s Day. And since I know couples therapy can be kind of intimidating, not to mention steep, I’m recommending a little Couples Retreat, which comes out today on DVD.


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10th Annual New York Flamenco Festival
By Angie Romero | 02/05/2010 - 15:45

All you flamenco fans in NYC, rejoice! The 10th Annual New York Flamenco Festival kicks off next week and will run from Feb. 11 to 21. This year promises to be bigger and better than the last, with the repertoire expanding beyond Andalucia and into Madrid and Morocco, so grab a date, fill up on some tapitas and fine Rioja, and get ready to enjoy, as Alejandro Sanz would say, “momentitos tan flamenquitos.”

Here’s the rundown of the program for each night. For tickets, check out: worldmusicinstitute.org/flamenco.


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History Lesson: "The Shock Doctrine"
By Smriti Mundhra | 02/02/2010 - 13:31

One of the most controversial docs at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was British director Michael Winterbottom’s The Shock Doctrine, based on the non-fiction book by Naomi Klein (Winterbottom had another controversial film in the festival, the fictional Jessica Alba-starring The Killer Inside Me).


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Y Tu Papá También: Diego Luna Makes Directorial Debut with “Abel”
By Smriti Mundhra | 01/29/2010 - 15:00

Temperatures fell below freezing at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Tuesday night, but all the Latin Heat was crammed into the Supper Club on Main Street.


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