(Above: Alma Blanco in ‘La Yuma.’ Source: Pragda)
Arthouse streamer Ovid.tv, in collaboration with Pragda, a purveyor of Latin American and Spanish films, will add several titles to its library next week.
The following features are in Spanish with English subtitles:
Tuesday, January 21
La Soledad (2016 – Venezuela, Canada, Italy) – A young father (José Dolores López), and his family face homelessness when the dilapidated mansion where they live is to be demolished. This prompts him to search for a cursed treasure rumored to be buried in the house. Directed by Jorge Thielen Armand. You can also rent this film starting at $2.99 from Google Play, Amazon and YouTube.
La Yuma (2009 – France, Mexico, Spain, Nicaragua) – A young woman (Alma Blanco) dreams of escaping the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. Directed by Florence Jaugey, La Yuma was selected as the Nicaraguan entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. La Yuma is also available to rent starting at $1.99 from Amazon, Google Play or YouTube.
Friday, January 24
Andrés Reads and Writes (2016 – Chile) – A young factory worker (Fernando Mena) assigned to the graveyard shift finds he has forgotten his teenage dreams. He realizes, however, it’s not too late to make amends. Directed by Daniel Peralta. You can also stream this film for free if your local library participates in Kanopy.
Cows Wearing Sunglasses (2014 – Puerto Rico) – A painter and art professor (Daniel Lugo) is about to lose his sight, causing him to reevaluate his relationship with his daughter, as well as his personal and professional life. Directed by Alex Santiago Perez. This film is also available free via Kanopy; and can be rented starting at $2.99 from Vudu, Amazon or other providers.
Extra-Terrestrials (2017 – Puerto Rico) – Family members living on a chicken farm in Puerto Rico find their secrets revealed when a star makes them understand that everyone is metaphorically an extraterrestrial. Directed by Carla Cavina. You can also rent it form $3.99 via YouTube, Google Play or Amazon.
The Candidate (2016 – Uruguay) – Presidential campaign advisors groom a millionaire (Diego de Paula) to be palatable to middle class voters. Directed by Daniel Hendler. The film is also available with an Amazon Prime subscription.
The Naked Screen (2016 – Nicaragua) – In another movie from director Florence Jaugey, a man (Óscar Sinela) films an intimate encounter with his girlfriend, (Paola Baldion). When he loses his phone, the video shows up online and the entire community becomes involved. It is also available to rent from $2.99 on Amazon, YouTube or Google Play.
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