Latin American Cinema: Hot Directors/Hot Movies

Some of these hot directors and movies will play as official selections of the upcoming Cannes Film Fest, May 13-24.


Michel Franco 

Strong contender for Un Certain Regard and possibly even competition, the Mexican helmer’s first English-language feature stars Tim Roth as a depressed nurse who assists terminally ill patients.

Roth boarded the project after serving as head of the Cannes jury that awarded the Mexican helmer the top Un Certain Regard prize for “After Lucia” (2012).

Before that film, Franco landed in Directors’ Fortnight with his disturbing incest-rape drama “Daniel and Ana” (2009)


“The Clan”

Pablo Trapero 

This fact-based drama features Argentinean star Guillermo Francella as the patriarch of the Clan Puccio, a wealthy Buenos Aires family responsible for a string of horrific kidnappings and murders in the 1980s.

Trapero has had three previous films screen in Un Certain Regard: “El Bonaerense” (2002), “Carancho” (2010) and “White Elephant” (2012).  If selected for competition, “The Clan” would be his first Palme d”Or contender since 2008’s “Lion’s Den.”

“La patota”

Santiago Mitre

A remake of Daniel Tinayre’s 1960 film of the same title, this Walter Salles-backed thriller examines the repercussions of a brutal attack on a lawyer who has just returned to her hometown from Buenos Aires. Argentinean helmer Mitre scored an international critics’ hit in 2011 with his debut, “The Student.”

This sophomore effort could play the official selection or Directors’ Fortnight.

“A Thousand-Headed Monster”

Rodrigo Pla

Laura Santullo adapts her own novel about a woman who, fed up with her corrupt and negligent insurance company, takes drastic action to get her husband the medical treatment he needs.

It’s the fourth feature from Uruguayan director Pla (“The Zone,” “The Desert Within,” “The Delay”).