Prayers for the Stolen
The cycles of life, seasons, and harvesting anchor this luminous look at multigenerational family life in a remote Puebla community. “An intimate, immersive portrait of a way of life” (Hollywood Reporter).
Three young girls come of age in a remote Mexican highland village scarred by cartel violence in this powerful drama, Mexico’s official Oscar submission in 2021. “A masterfully evocative portrait of coming of age in the shadow of Mexico’s narco wars” (Little White Lies).
A family’s preparation for a birthday party slowly dissolves into something far more revealing in Lila Avilés’s Berlinale prizewinner, seen through the eyes of a young girl. “An exquisite Mexican family drama of joy and heartbreak . . . a minutely observed ensemble piece” (Guardian).
One of the most distinctive voices in contemporary cinema, Nicolás Pereda presents four short films at the permeable border of documentary and fiction that explore the everyday through thoughtful, elliptical narratives.
Academy Award–nominated actress Adriana Barraza stars as a solitary Mexico City bureaucrat whose daily routines are tracked with Jeanne Dielman–like focus in this austere tale of isolation and grief. “Almada has a documentarian’s eye for how truth reveals itself in seemingly nondescript details” (48 Hills).
A strong-willed businesswoman fights to keep her tequila factory—and her community—afloat in the face of foreign buyouts and natural disasters in this intense drama, set in the Jalisco hinterlands. “Visually arresting, a vivid, textured, altogether unexpected world” (New York Times).
A young Belizean woman is both prize and doom, prisoner and possible demon, for a group of Indigenous laborers in this mystic, minimalist tale of colonialism, greed, and desire, set in the 1920s, deep in the Mayan jungles. “Lushly made, highly enigmatic” (Hollywood Reporter).