Cinema Tropical's Shortlist 2018
Latin American Films


Cinema Tropical, announces its Second Annual Shortlist, comprising 25 Latin American titles from nine different countries that the organization has selected as the best of the year.

Featuring productions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela, the films selected will compete for the 9th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards in the categories for Best Film, Best Director, and in some cases, for Best First Film.

The winners of the 9th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards will be announced at a special evening ceremony at The New York Times Company headquarters in New York City on Wednesday, January 10, 2019, and the winners will be showcased at Museum of Moving Image, February 1-3.

All the films under consideration had a minimum of 60 minutes in length and premiered between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018.

  1. ALANIS  Anahí Berneri, Argentina

1. ALANIS
Anahí Berneri, Argentina

  2. AMANECER  Carmen Torres, Colombia/Spain

2. AMANECER
Carmen Torres, Colombia/Spain

  3. AZOGUE NAZARÉ  Tiago Melo, Brazil

3. AZOGUE NAZARÉ
Tiago Melo, Brazil

  4. BARONESA   Juliana Antunes, Brazil

4. BARONESA
Juliana Antunes, Brazil

  5. BIXA TRAVESTY  Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla, Brazil

5. BIXA TRAVESTY
Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla, Brazil

  6. CENTRAL AIRPORT THF / ZENTRALFLUGHAFEN THF  Karim Aïnouz, Brazil/Germany/France

6. CENTRAL AIRPORT THF / ZENTRALFLUGHAFEN THF
Karim Aïnouz, Brazil/Germany/France

  7. COCOTE  Nelson Carlo de los Santos, Dominican Republic/ Brazil/Argentina

7. COCOTE
Nelson Carlo de los Santos, Dominican Republic/ Brazil/Argentina

  8. THE DESERT BRIDE / LA NOVIA DEL DESIERTO  Valeria Pivato and Cecilia Atán, Argentina/Chile

8. THE DESERT BRIDE / LA NOVIA DEL DESIERTO
Valeria Pivato and Cecilia Atán, Argentina/Chile

  9. GOOD MANNERS / AS BOAS MANEIRAS    Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, Brazil/France

9. GOOD MANNERS / AS BOAS MANEIRAS
Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, Brazil/France

  10. THE HEIRESSES / LAS HEREDERAS  Marcelo Martinessi, Paraguay/Uruguay/Germany/Brazil

10. THE HEIRESSES / LAS HEREDERAS
Marcelo Martinessi, Paraguay/Uruguay/Germany/Brazil

  11. I REMEMBER THE CROWS / LEMBRO MAIS DOS CORVOS  Gustavo Vinagre, Brazil

11. I REMEMBER THE CROWS / LEMBRO MAIS DOS CORVOS
Gustavo Vinagre, Brazil

  12. LA FAMILIA  Gustavo Rondón, Venezuela/Chile/Norway

12. LA FAMILIA
Gustavo Rondón, Venezuela/Chile/Norway

  13. THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL / LA VENDEDORA DE FÓSFOROS  Alejo Moguillansky, Argentina

13. THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL / LA VENDEDORA DE FÓSFOROS
Alejo Moguillansky, Argentina

  14. MUSEO  Alonso Ruizpalacios, Mexico

14. MUSEO
Alonso Ruizpalacios, Mexico

  15. ONCE THERE WAS BRASILIA / ERA UMA VEZ BRASILIA  Adirley Queirós, Brazil

15. ONCE THERE WAS BRASILIA / ERA UMA VEZ BRASILIA
Adirley Queirós, Brazil

  16. SILENCE IS A FALLING BODY / EL SILENCIO ES UN CUERPO QUE CAE  Agustina Comedi, Argentina

16. SILENCE IS A FALLING BODY / EL SILENCIO ES UN CUERPO QUE CAE
Agustina Comedi, Argentina

  17. SOLITARY LAND / TIERRA SOLA  Tiziana Paniza, Chile

17. SOLITARY LAND / TIERRA SOLA
Tiziana Paniza, Chile

  18. THEATRE OF WAR / TEATRO DE GUERRA  Lola Arias, Argentina/Spain

18. THEATRE OF WAR / TEATRO DE GUERRA
Lola Arias, Argentina/Spain

  19. THE TRIAL / O PROCESSO  Maria Ramos, Brazil/Germany/Netherlands

19. THE TRIAL / O PROCESSO
Maria Ramos, Brazil/Germany/Netherlands

  20. VIRUS TROPICAL  Santiago Caicedo, Colombia

20. VIRUS TROPICAL
Santiago Caicedo, Colombia

  21. THE WANDERING SOAP OPERA / LA TELENOVELA ERRANTE  Raúl Ruiz, Chile

21. THE WANDERING SOAP OPERA / LA TELENOVELA ERRANTE
Raúl Ruiz, Chile

  22. THE WEAK ONES / LOS DÉBILES   Raúl Rico And Eduardo Girault, Mexico

22. THE WEAK ONES / LOS DÉBILES
Raúl Rico And Eduardo Girault, Mexico

  23. WIÑAYPACHA  Óscar Catacora, Peru

23. WIÑAYPACHA
Óscar Catacora, Peru

  24. THE WOLF HOUSE / LA CASA LOBO  Cristóbal León and Joaquin Cociña, Chile

24. THE WOLF HOUSE / LA CASA LOBO
Cristóbal León and Joaquin Cociña, Chile

  25. ZAMA  Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain

25. ZAMA
Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain

LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA JURY

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Molly O'Keefe was most recently Senior Director of Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute. She oversaw all aspects of TFI’s Artist Programs with a focus on scripted grants and workshops. Notable programs include Through Her Lens: Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program, AT&T Untold Stories, Tribeca All Access, TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, IWC Filmmaker Award and TFI Latin America Fund for which she manages filmmaker outreach, program implementation and assessment, expense tracking, industry and mentor cultivation, and event production both year-round and at Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to joining TFI in 2015, Molly was Director of Development and Production at Sundance Productions where she developed series for CNN, FX, HBO, Ovation, EPIX, Sony and Paramount. Before returning to New York, she worked for Ben Stiller's Los Angeles-based Red Hour Films and produced Roger Kumble's critically acclaimed play Girls Talk starring Brooke Shields and Constance Zimmer in West Hollywood. She is a graduate of Emerson College.


Richard Peña 
is Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, where he specializes in film theory and international cinema. From 1988 to 2012, he was the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival. At the Film Society, Richard Peña organized retrospectives of many film artists, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami, King Hu, Robert Aldrich, Roberto Gavaldon, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Fei Mu, Jean Eustache, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Israeli, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, Arab, Korean, Swedish, Turkish, Taiwanese and Argentine cinema. A frequent lecturer on film internationally, in 2014-2015, he was a Visiting Professor in Brazilian Studies at Princeton, and in 2015-2016 a Visiting Professor in Film Studies at Harvard. In May, 2016, he was the recipient of the “Cathedra Bergman” at the UNAM in Mexico City, where he offered a three-part lecture series “On the Margins of American Cinema,” and December, 2017, gave a course in “International Cinema After 1990 at Beijing University. He also currently hosts WNET/Channel 13’s weekly Reel 13.


Juana Suárez
is a scholar, film critic, and media archivist/preservation activist. She is currently Director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program and Associate Arts Professor at New York University. She is the author of Sitios de Contienda. Producción Cultural y el Discurso de la Violencia (Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2010), and Cinembargo Colombia. Ensayos críticos sobre cine y cultura colombiana (Universidad del Valle, 2009), published in English by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. She is the co-editor of Humor in Latin American Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and is currently forwarding a research project entitled Audiovisual Archives, Cultural History and the Digital Turn in Latin America. She has been an organizer and a participant in the Archival Exchange Program (APEX) from NYU-MIAP (Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Brazil 2013-2018). She holds a MA and a PhD in Latin American Literature (University of Oregon and Arizona State University, 2000) and an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (New York University, 2013).

Dan Sullivan is the co-editor of the Film section of the Brooklyn Rail and a programmer for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. 

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Jesse Trussell has worked in programing at BAM since 2013. As a film programmer he’s worked for institutions across the nation, from SXSW and the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas to the Philadelphia Film Festival where he was Associate Director of Programming. His film industry experience has also included stints at IFC Films and the distributor/technology company B-Side Entertainment.


U.S. LATINO CINEMA JURY

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Manuel Betancourt is a New York City-based writer, editor, and critical thinker interested in all things media and pop culture. He's a regular contributor to The Film ExperienceRemezclaSlant Magazine, and his work has been featured in Film Comment, Film QuarterlyModel View Culture, and PopMatters.


Christine Dávila
is a Creative Executive at Stage 13, a new original digital-first content brand that is part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks. In 2013 she established the non-profit, Ambulante California, a traveling documentary film festival originated in Mexico by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal. She has over twelve years of experience in film programming at various top-notch festivals like Sundance Film Festival, where she has been a Programming Associate since 2008. Dávila is also a Programmer at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam, which focuses on discovering emerging Caribbean filmmakers. She tracks American Latino films and filmmakers, and the independent film festival scene on her blog chicanafromchicago.com.


Monika Navarro
joined TFI in 2018 as Senior Director of Programs. Monika comes to TFI from ITVS, where she managed multiple content and funding initiatives, helmed a development portfolio and acted as consulting producer on a variety of projects, including: Las Sandinistas (SXSW 2018), and Councilwoman (America Reframed). Navarro has previously directed the documentary film Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas), which premiered on PBS’ long-standing ‘Independent Lens’ strand, and has also produced content for World Channel, American Documentary, and the Peabody Award-winning PBS series Latino Americans. She is a member of the Brown Girls Doc Mafia, National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), and is an advisory board member for Firelight Media. Navarro oversees all of TFI's documentary, scripted, education and interactive programming initiatives.