Amateurs (2007): Gabriel Velazquez’ Father-Daughter Drama

Gabriel Velazquez’s Amateurs, his first solo effort, is a father-daughter drama set in Madrid’s working class neighborhood of Vallecas.

“Manco” boasts actor Juan Manuel Montilla (aka El Langui, leader of Spanish hip-hop group La Excepcion), as the cerebral palsy-afflicted El Cuajo who sets up a hip-hop studio.

Based on true events, “Ordinary Boys” portrays three Muslim youths from the Jamaa Mezwak slums in the Moroccan city of Tetouan, the district where five of the 2004 Madrid train bombers were born.

Juan Vicente Cordoba’s docu feature “Flores de luna” (“Night Flowers”) chronicles the transformation of Spanish 1950s shanty town Pozo del Tio Raimundo.

“Titon, de la Habana a Guantanamera” is a documentary of Cuban director Tomas Gutierrez Alea, directed by his companion, actress Mirtha Ibarra.

Federico Veiroj’s coming of-age “Acne,” a hit in Directors Fortnight at Cannes, also plays the Horizontes section.