Famous Latin-American Movies In Spanish

Saturday, April 16 by Isabel Prontes

One way in which to ensure an invigorating and exciting cinematic experience is by watching famous Latin-American movies in Spanish. Whether you speak Spanish fluently or require subtitles, watching Latin-American movies is a fun way to get a glimpse into the cultures of Mexico, Central and South America. Some well-known Latin-American movies include "Amores Perros," "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" and "La Nana."

  1. "Amores Perros" is a neo-noir thriller that hit theaters in the summer of 2000. This Mexican movie stars internationally renowned actor Gael Garcia Bernal, as well as Goya Toledo, Emilio Echeverria and Vanessa Bauche. "Amores Perros," which is often hailed as Mexico's answer to "Pulp Fiction," centers around a tragic auto accident and its drastic life effects on all those that were involved.
  2. "El Secreto de Sus Ojos," which translates to English as "The Secrets in Their Eyes," is a crime drama that was produced in the South American nation of Argentina. "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" came out in the summer of 2009 and stars Soledad Villamil, Ricardo Darin, Javier Godino and Carla Quevedo. The Spanish-langage movie focuses on an ex-legal counselor who, in order to break free from an unresolved murder case from his past, attempts to write a book.
  3. "La Nana" is a Chilean drama that was released during the summer of 2009. "La Nana" is often referred to English as "The Maid." The film, which premiered at the Sundance Festival, is based on the story of a picture-perfect maid who wishes to maintain her position of employment with a family after working with them for more than two decades. The cast includes Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedon, Delfina Guzman and Anita Reeves.
  4. "El Benny" is a 2006 musical drama from Cuba. "El Benny" depicts the life story (particularly during the 1950s) of the late Benny More, who was a famed Cuban vocalist. The cast includes Enrique Molina, Renny Arozarena, Isabel Santos and Mario Guerra.
  5. "Veronico Cruz" is an Argentine war drama that came out in the summer of 1988. "Veronico Cruz" illustrates the life of a teacher that, because of government orders, moves out to the countryside in order to educate the small town villagers. The film's cast includes Juan Jose Camero, Fortunato Ramos, Gonzalo Morales and Juanita Caceres.
  6. "Hermano" is a Venezuelan family drama that was released in the summer of 2010. "Hermano" is about two young brothers who reside in violent Caracas (Venezuela's capital city) and their dreams to break away by succeeding as soccer players. The cast includes Beto Benites, Eliu Armas, Gonzalo Cubero and Marcela Giron.

                                                                                                                                                             -Isabel Prontes