On a wintry Sunday afternoon there’s nothing better to do than curl up on the sofa with a good film. Try something new with our recommendations of the top cinematic treats to come out of Brazil and Argentina in the last 50 years: From old time favorites, such as Evita and City of God, to lesser known hidden gems. Today we give you the best of Argentine films:
El Secreto de sus Ojos – Winner of the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, El Secreto de sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) is a wonderful film: tense, explosive, with beautifully wrought characters and a plot line that keeps you gripped till the end. The story follows former detective Benjamin Espitoso as he attempts to write a book on the one case he never solved, and finally win the heart of the girl who got away. This is a film for just about anyone.
Evita – Based on the hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the story follows the life of Argentina’s most famous First Lady, Eva Peron, starting at the very beginning of her journey right up until her death. Starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, this film is full of energy and passion which makes it is a must see for anyone visiting Buenos Aires… Even if you don’t like musicals.
Nueve Reinas – The story of two con artists who happen upon the big time when an experienced con-man enlists them to help him sell some forged stamps. However, as with all con-artists, one can never quite be sure of who to trust and as the story unravels it becomes clear that to be able to con someone else, you first must be conned yourself. An intricate web of sex, lies and deception make this film great viewing
La Historia Official – The first Latin American film to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film in 1985. It follows the years after the Dirty War in which thousands of Argentines were kidnapped by the military for having opposing views. The main characters of the film, Alicia and Roberto, had adopted a baby five years previously but the baby’s background was never made clear to Alicia and, as time goes on, she begins to wonder. The story demonstrates how many of the Argentine population were unaware of what was happening right under their noses. Essential viewing.
El Abrazo Partido – Lost Embrace gives an insight to Argentina’s culturally diverse population. The main character is a young Jewish man who, having just graduated from University, is at a crossroads in his life. The story follows him as he explores his background and tries to understand his father’s desertion from his family to fight in the Yom Kippur War. For anyone who has ever found themselves searching the past for clues to the present.