Since its first edition in 2014, the Fénix Awards have maintained the visionary purpose of generating exchanges on the film perspectives of Latin America, Spain and Portugal, and celebrating the work of those who make films in the region. With more than 750 professionals from the industry involved, and representation in more than 20 countries, the initiative of the Ibero-American Fenix Film Award has become a meeting place to appreciate the changing nature of each cinematography, as well as its particularities and differences; In short, to discover the unknown through a cinema that is common to us.
Each edition of the Fénix Awards presents, in parallel, screenings, workshops, conferences open to the public and master classes to strengthen the study and exploration of Ibero-American cinema. Through the Phoenix Week these activities take place in Mexico City, headquarters of the award for almost five years.
To continue the celebration, FilminLatino will show six feature films online that have left their mark on the ceremony as either nominees or winners. The special functions will make available each feature film for 24 hours to be viewed by subscription or rent.
An exciting thriller and an incendiary social criticism that confirm Pablo Larraín as one of the most authentic talents of current cinema. Four men live in a retreat house in a coastal town, under the gaze of a caregiver. The four men are priests and are there to purge their sins. The routine and tranquility of the place is broken when a tormented fifth priest arrives and the guests relive the past they thought they had left behind. Special function: November 5th.
Filmed in a small Bolivian mining town and with the workers themselves as protagonists, Keri Russo's first feature narrates the life of Elder Mamani, who after the death of his father is forced to live with his grandmother on the outskirts of the place. Refusing to accept his new job and lifestyle, Elder gets involved in several conflicts and drinks constantly. Through the film, some of the challenges faced by miners are addressed. In addition to being nominated for the Fénix Awards, she received a special mention at the Locarno International Film Festival. Special function: November 6
The ocean contains the history of mankind. The longest water limit in Chile also holds the secret of two mysterious buttons found at the bottom of the sea. Next to the volcanoes, the mountains, the glaciers and the more than 4000 kilometers of its coast, in that country live the voices of the indigenous people of Patagonia, the first English navigators and the thousands of disappeared by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The film number 14 of the veteran documentary maker Patricio Guzmán forms an integral reflection on the nature, memory and identity of a country. Special function: November 7
Ixcanul by Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala, France, 2015)
First film by the director, screenwriter and Guatemalan producer who had five nominations for the Fénix Awards and won in the category of best costumes. It tells the disenchantment of a young woman who is about to be consigned in marriage due to the rigid family scheme that surrounds her. About to marry who her parents have assigned, she rebels against his apparent destiny. Special function: November 8
Neon ox by Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil, Uruguay, The Netherlands, 2015)
In the mornings, Iremar prepares the oxen for the vacated (a kind of traditional Brazilian rodeo) and traces the surroundings of his house in search of mannequins or fabrics for his designs in the afternoons. Galega drives the truck that transports them during the day and dresses with Iremar designs at night to dance sensually for the men of the region. In his second fiction film, and the first with a cast of professional actors, Gabriel Mascaro uses his experience in the field of documentary to combine the observational with the dramatic in a portrait of the changing region of northeastern Brazil. Special function: November 9
The minimum island by Alberto Rodríguez Librero (Spain, 2014)
A singular narrative told from a Sevillian town near the Guadalquivir River during the post-Franco democracy of 1980, when certain vestiges of the dark times that the country lived during the dictatorship were still evident. Two policemen from Madrid come to this place to investigate the case of two missing teenagers during the town fair. Special function: November 10.