Cinema Tropical, the celebrated non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, distribution, and programming of Latin American films in the United States, which continuously offers press and publicity services to distribution companies, sales agents, and filmmakers, has handled the publicity campaign for the U.S. theatrical release of four of the top twenty films of the year according to Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the best films of the year.
The four Latin American films are Mexico’s The Chambermaid / La camarista, the debut feature film by Lila Avilés, which was just announced as the country’s Oscar contender and has a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%. After holding the number one spot for several weeks, it’s currently third—just behind the Korean hit Parasite and the documentary For Sama.
Sitting in the number eleven spot is the Argentine neo-thriller Rojo by Benjamín Naishtat, winner of three of the top awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival—including the Silver Shell for Best Director, which is currently playing in the Bay Area; one spot behind is the Chilean film Too Late to Die Young / Tarde para morir joven by Dominga Sotomayor, winner of the Best Director Award at the Locarno Film Festival; and the Paraguayan film The Heiresses / Las herederas, the debut feature by Marcelo Martinessi, winner of two Silver Bears at the Berlin Film Festival in the number sixteen spot.
The Chambermaid was released by Kino Lorber Films and opened last June at Film Forum in New York, where its run was extended for a month, it is currently playing in other U.S. cities. Distrib Films US and 1844 Entertainment are the companies behind the U.S. release of both Rojo and The Heiresses, the former originally opened at Film at Lincoln Center and the Quad Cinema in New York City in July, and the latter also at Film Forum back in January. KimStim is the U.S. distributor of Too Late to Die Young, which also had an exclusive run at Film at Lincoln Center this past May.