Lucrecia Martel Dominates List of Top Latin American Films of the Decade

Lucrecia Martel Dominates List of Top Latin American Films of the Decade

Cinema Tropical, the purveyor of Latin American cinema in the U.S., has released their list of the Top Ten Latin American films of the last decade. The survey was spearheaded by filmmaker and blogger Mario Diaz who took the tally from distinguished film critics, scholars and industry professionals. In all, 121 films from 14 Latin American countries were selected for the distinction.

Argentina came up as the country with the most films on the list, with a total of 37 mentions, including the number one spot for Lucrecia Martel’s “La Cienaga.” Martel came out reigning as the most celebrated director on the list, with two more films listed in the top ten: “The Headless Woman” (which also made the cut in indieWIRE’s Best of 2009 and joined “La Cienaga” for an honorable showing on the Best of the Decade), and “The Holy Girl.”

Brazil came in a close second with 30 mentions. Fernando Meirelles’ “City of God” landed at number four, and Jose Padilha and Felipe Lacerda’s documentary “Bus 174” stationed at number five. While not managing the same overall numbers, Mexico landed an enviable feat, with four films in the top ten. Three of the four come from the “three amigos” of Mexican cinema, directors Alfonso Cuaron (“Y Tu Mama Tambien”), Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) and Alerjandro Gonzales Inarritu (“Amores Perros”).

“The decade that is about to conclude marked a turning point in Latin American cinema,” Diaz said in an official statement. “Never before did Latin American films enjoy such critical and box office success internationally and in the U.S.. This list is not only a powerful reminder of the great quality and abundance of films that emerged from Latin America in the last 10 years but also a celebration of Latin American cinema’s coming-of-age, for it is now considered at par with the world’s best.”

Cinema Tropical’s Top Ten Latin American Films of the Decade:

1. “La Cienaga” – Argentina, 2001
Director: Lucrecia Martel

2. “Amores Perros” – Mexico, 2000
Director: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu

3. “Luz Silenciosa” (“Silent Light”) – Mexico, 2007
Director: Carlos Reygadas

4. “Cidade de Deus” (“City of God”) – Brazil, 2002
Director: Fernando Meirelles

5. “Onibus 174” (“Bus 174”) – Brazil, 2002
Director: Jose Padilha

6. “Y Tu Mama Tambien” – Mexico, 2001
Director: Alfonso Cuaron

7. “Whisky” – Uruguay, 2004
Director: Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll

8. “La Mujer Sin Cabeza” (“The Headless Woman”) – Argentina, 2008
Director: Lucrecia Martel

9. “La Nina Santa” (“The Holy Girl”) – Argentina, 2004
Director: Lucrecia Martel

10. “El Laberinto del Fauno” (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) – Mexico, 2006
Director: Guillermo Del Toro

To view the complete list of films visit Cinema Tropical.

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El Laberinto del Fauno is Spanish, not Latin American.


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El Labirinto Del Fauno should be in the 1st place :P

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