The Uruguayan film Whisky (pictured) by Pablo Stoll and the late Juan Pablo Rebella was selected as the Best Latin American film of the past 20 years per a poll conducted by the Valdivia Film Festival as part of its 20th anniversary edition.
The Chilean film invited nine film festivals from all over the Americas to select their 10 essential Latin American films from the last two decades. The selected festivals were BAFICI (Argentina), FICUNAM (Mexico), Cinema Tropical (United States), TransCinema (Peru), Cali (Colombia), Tiradentes (Brasil), Havana (Cuba), the Muestra Cinematográfica de Montevideo (Uruguay) and FIDOCS (Chile).
Argentina is the country with most films in the list, four in total, and besides Uruguay, the list is completed with one film from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay and Chile, and features acclaimed filmmakers such as Lucrecia Martel, Carlos Reygadas, Lisandro Alonso and Martín Rejtman. The complete list, originally published by Argentinean site otroscines.com.ar, is as follows:
1. Whisky (Pablo Stoll & Juan Pablo Rebella, Uruguay, 2004)
2. Luz silenciosa / Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas, México, 2007)
3. Santiago (João Moreira Salles, Brasil, 2007)
4. La Libertad (Lisandro Alonso, Argentina, 2001)
5. La Ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, 2001)
6. Historias extraordinarias / Extraordinary Stories (Mariano Llinás, Argentina, 2008)
7. Un tigre de papel / A Paper Tiger (Luis Ospina, Colombia, 2007)
8. Hamaca paraguaya / Paraguayan Hammock (Paz Encina, Paraguay, 2006)
9. Silvia Prieto (Martin Rejtman, Argentina, 1999)
10. Aquí se construye / Under Construction (Ignacio Agüero, Chile, 2000)
All of the films featured in the list will be screened at the 20th edition of the Valdivia Film Festival, which will take place October 7 - 13 in Chile.