IberoAmericanMovies.com http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com The best movies from Argentina, Brasil, Mexico, Spain and the rest of Iberoamerica Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:09:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.30 Kiss of the Spider Woman http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/synopsis/kiss-of-the-spider-woman/ http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/synopsis/kiss-of-the-spider-woman/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:00:11 +0000 http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/?p=2832 Kiss of the spider woman - scene 6Kiss of the Spider Woman (Portuguese: O Beijo da Mulher Aranha) is a 1985 Brazilian-American drama film directed by Argentine-born Brazilian director Héctor Babenco, and adapted by Leonard Schrader from the Manuel Puig novel of the same name. William Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy, and Milton Gonçalves star in the leading roles.


Political prisoner Valentin Arregui (Raul Julia) and homosexual pederast Luis Molina (William Hurt) share a Brazilian prison cell in this fantastical drama from the book by Manuel Puig. Sensitive and flamboyant, Molina helps pass the time by recounting memories from one of his favorite films, a wartime romantic thriller that just may also be a Nazi propaganda film. He weaves the characters into an ongoing narrative meant to spur Valentin’s imagination and distract him from the brutal realities of political imprisonment and separation from the woman he loves. Hard around the edges, and willing to die for his political principles, Valentin nonetheless allows Molina to penetrate some of his defensive shell. An odd friendship forms between the two vastly different prisoners, the dreamer and the activist. As the narrative unfolds, it becomes clear that Valentin is being poisoned by his captors, to compel him to reveal names and secrets, and that Molina may have other agendas that belie his honesty and openness with Valentin. The intense character study builds toward a surprising conclusion.


Data Sheet

Directed by: Héctor Babenco
Produced by: Francisco Ramalho Jr., David Weisman
Screenplay by: Leonard Schrader
Based on: Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
Starring: William Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy …
Music by: Nando Cordeiro,Michael Jary, John Neschling
Cinematography: Rodolfo Sánchez
Editing by: Mauro Alice
Release date: May 13, 1985
Running time: 121 minutes
Country: Brazil and United States
Language: English, French, Portuguese and German

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Argentine Films Dominate Local Box Office http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/argentina/argentine-films-dominate-local-box-office/ http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/argentina/argentine-films-dominate-local-box-office/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:52:29 +0000 http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/?p=2803

This article was originally written for “Filming in Argentina“, a blog dedicated to Argentine cinema created by San Telmo Productions a film & TV production company in Buenos Aires that provides services and original content to international clients.

In an unprecedented turn of events for Argentine cinema, this month’s movie-going Top 5 has been dominated by local productions: the 3D animated family movieFoosball (Metegol), the romantic comedyLeón’s Heart (Corazón de león), the thriller Seventh (Séptimo) and the dramaWakolda, recently nominated on the Oscar shortlist.

MetegolFoosball , a 3D animated film directed by Oscar winner Juan José Campanella in a $20 million dollar production, made history from July 18th to 24th by having the best opening week ever enjoyed by a local production, with 700,000 spectators and grossing over $27 million. It is currently on its 11th week at the box office, grossing $78 million with over 2 million spectators. As of its 10th week, exhibitors have resorted to lowering ticket fees to $15 and $10 pesos for 3D and 2D viewing of the movie, respectively – about 75% off the nominal price. This measure increased moviegoers sixfold. By Campanella’s own admission, the movie wouldn’t recoup expenses “even if all 40 million Argentines went to see it twice“, so he’s obviously counting on the film’s international release later this year. The $20 million dollar budget may not be very impressive to, say, Pixar – the movie cost $10 million dollars less than Pixar’s cheapest movie, and ten times less than its most expensive movie ($200 million) – but it remains probably Argentina’s priciest production yet.

Corazón De Leon

León’s Heart, the surprise rom-com hit directed byMarcos Carnevale that premiered August 15th, has since become the movie with the second-best opening week (after Foosball), with over 470,000 spectators and grossing over $16 million. It is currently on its 7th week at the box office, grossing $54 million with over 1.5 million spectators.


Seventh, the thriller starring Ricardo Darín, premiered September 5th and it’s currently on its 4th week at the box office, with over 790,000 spectators and grossing $27.5 million. Director Patxi Amezcuahas been verbal about his concerns at the box office – “If I don’t make it up to a million viewers, people are going to say: the director that made a movie with Ricardo Darín and didn’t make it up to a million viewers”.

Darín’s fame as a box office lucky charm comes from Homicide Thesis (Tesis sobre un homicidio, 2012), a thriller that raked over a million viewers, as well as his latest collaboration with CampanellaThe Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos, 2009), which got nearly 2.5 million viewers, and for their historical team-ups in Son of the Bride (El hijo de la novia, 2001) and Avellaneda Moon (Luna de Avellaneda, 2004), both of which surpassed one million viewers.

However, the man and his movies have been known to flop, even at the height of his career – Fairy Education (La educación de las hadas, 2007) and Victory Dance(El baile de la victoria, 2010) don’t have 100,000 viewers to rub together, while his more recent hits Carancho(2010), Chinese Take-Away (Un cuento chino, 2011) and Elephant White (Elefante blanco, 2012) didn’t make it to the coveted “million viewers” figure.


Lastly, Wakolda, which premiered September 19th and is on its 2nd week at the box office, has amassed 120,000 spectators and grossed a little over $4 million. The movie was directed by Lucía Puenzo, and while its figures will not be anywhere nearly as impressive as the other movies’, it has arguably gained the most critical acclaim, and will no doubt enjoy more popularity if and when it does make the scene as an Academy Award contender.

While cinema attendance might be in decline in many parts of the world, in Argentina it is rising and new cinemas are being opened. This trend, combined with a more industrial approach to movie-making that puts emphasis on genre and comedies, means that more and more and more Argentines are seeing local movies. Could this be the start of the next golden age of Argentine cinema?

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Top 10 Spanish Horror Movies http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/spain/top-10-spanish-horror-movies/ http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/spain/top-10-spanish-horror-movies/#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:22:19 +0000 http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/?p=2772 RECSpanish Horror movies have been very popular around the world in the last decade. The following list is a selection of the most voted Spanish Horror movies fromIMDB. Is your favorite horror movie on the list?


The initial  list was created by searching Horror ad Genre, Spain as Country of Origin and Spanish language (http://www.imdb.com/search/title?countries=es&genres=horror&languages=es).  Then, we had to refine the list as many movies are coproduced between countries or directors and actors are mostly from other nationalities.

The criteria used to determine the “nationality” of a movie are:

  • Country of origin (production).
  • Language (in this case Spanish).
  • Nationality of the director and majority of the cast.
  • Topic

Some movies are still difficult to classify.

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Carandiru http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/synopsis/carandiru/ http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/synopsis/carandiru/#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:00:27 +0000 http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/?p=2720 Carandiru is a 2003 Brazilian and Argentine film directed by Hector Babenco. It is based on the book Estação Carandiru (English: Carandiru Station) by Dr. Drauzio Varella, a physician and AIDS specialist, who is portrayed in the film by Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos.

Carandiru tells some of the stories that occurred in Carandiru Penitentiary, which was the biggest prison in Latin America. The story culminates with the 1992 massacre where 111 prisoners were killed, 102 by Police. The film was the last thing the prison was used for before it was demolished in 2002, one year before the release of the film.


This episodic story is set in São Paulo’s notorious prison Carandiru, one of Latin America’s largest and most violent prison systems.

Dr. Drauzio Varella arrives at the prison as a volunteer to test the prisoners for the deadly HIV infection.

Seeing the disease, overcrowding and rampant circulation of drugs, the Doctor realizes much of the prison is controlled by the inmates. They decorate their cells and have an established pecking order. The strong inhabit messy individual suites and the weak are jammed together, as many as sixteen sharing a 100-square-foot (9.3 m2) cell.

Several narratives develop in the film: the attempted murder of Peixeira, the solitary confinement of Chico and the romance between Lady Di and No Way.

Dr. Varella establishes a routine and comes to see the prisoners as survivors.

The movie ends with a violent prison riot that historically took place on October 2, 1992. The repression of the riot became known as the Carandiru Massacre.


  • ABC Cinematography Award: Feature Film – Best Sound: Romeu Quinto, Miriam Biderman and Reilly Steele.
  • Cartagena Film Festival: Golden India Catalina – Best Film: Hector; Best Supporting Actor: Ivan de Almeida, Caio Blat, Ricardo Blat, Gero Camilo, André Ceccato, Milhem Cortaz, Enrique Díaz, Milton Gonçalves, Ailton Graça, Antônio Grassi, Sérgio Loroza, Wagner Moura, Dionísio Neto, Robson Nunes, Floriano Peixoto, Lázaro Ramos, Sabotage, Rodrigo Santoro and Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos
  • Cinema Brazil Grand Prize: Best Director: Hector Babenco; Best Screenplay, Adapted: Hector Babenco, Fernando Bonassi and Victor Navas.
  • Havana Film Festival: Audience Award: Hector Babenco; Glauber Rocha Award: Hector Babenco; House of the Americas Award: Hector Babenco; OCIC Award: Hector Babenco; Radio Havana Award: Hector Babenco; Saúl Yelín Award: Hector Babenco; Special Jury Prize: Hector Babenco

Data Sheet

Directed by: Hector Babenco
Produced by: Hector Babenco and Oscar Kramer
Written by: Hector Babenco, Fernando Bonassi and Victor Navas
Story: Dráuzio Varella
Cast: Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos,  Enrique Díaz, Wagner Moura and Caio Blat
Music by: André Abujamra
Cinematography: Walter Carvalho
Editing by: Mauro Alice
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics, Globo Filmes
Release date:  January 16, 2003
Running time: 147 minutes
Country: Brazil – Argentina
Language: Portuguese

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Fernando Meirelles http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/brazil/brazilian-directors/fernando-meirelles/ http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/brazil/brazilian-directors/fernando-meirelles/#comments Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:00:34 +0000 http://www.iberoamericanmovies.com/?p=1882 Fernando Meirelles

Fernando Ferreira Meirelles (born November 9, 1955 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter.

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director in 2004 for his work in the Brazilian film City of God, released in 2002 in Brazil and in 2003 in the U.S. by Miramax Films. He was also nominated for the Golden Globe Best Director award in 2005 for The Constant Gardener, film which garnered the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress to Rachel Weisz.

Fernando studied architecture at the university of São Paulo. At the same time he developed an interest in filmmaking. With a group of friends he started producing experimental videos. They won a huge number of awards in Brazilian film festivals. After that, the group formed a small independent company called Olhar Eletrônico.

After working in independent television during nine years, in the eighties Meirelles gravitated towards publicity and commercials. He also became the director of a very popular children’s television show.

In the early 90s, together with Paulo Morelli and Andrea Barata Ribeiro, he opened the O2 Filmes production company. His first feature, in 1998, was the family film Menino Maluquinho 2: A Aventura. His next feature, Domésticas (2001), exposed the invisible world of five Brazilian maids in São Paulo and their secret dreams and desires.

In 1997 he read the Brazilian best-seller Cidade de Deus/City of God, written by Paulo Lins, and decided to turn it into a movie despite an intimidating story that involves more than 350 characters. Once the screenplay, written by Bráulio Mantovani, was ready, Meirelles gathered a crew mixed with professional technicians and inexperienced actors chosen between the youngsters living in the favelas surrounding Rio de Janeiro.

The film was a huge success in Brazil and began to attract attention around the world after it screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. Cidade de Deus/City of God (2003) has won awards from film festivals and societies all over the world, as well as four 2004 Oscar nominations, including a Best Director for Fernando Meirelles.

IMDb Mini Biography By: Enrique Bocanegra



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