Cada vez son más las películas latinoamericanas que tratan temas LGBT, y para celebrar el mes de junio -también conocido el Mes del Orgullo LGBT- les compartimos algunos títulos que han recibido excelentes críticas y un sinnúmero de premios en festivales internacionales, pero sobre todo, han dado paso al diálogo.
Nowadays, more and more Latin American films aren’t afraid to touch upon LGBT subject matters. To celebrate Pride Month, we’ve gathered a list of films that have received excellent reviews and countless awards at international festivals, but most importantly, have started conversations.
Temblores / Tremors (2019) Guatemala 🇬🇹
Amazon Prime Video, Vudu
The coming out of an evangelical father shatters his family, his community and uncovers a profoundly repressive society.
Dolor y Gloria / Pain and Glory (2019) España 🇪🇸
An aging film director suffering from chronic illness and writer’s block reflects on his life.
Fin de siglo / End of the Century (2019) Argentina 🇦🇷
Two men meet in Barcelona and after spending a day together they realize that they have already met twenty years ago.
Elisa y Marcela (2019) España 🇪🇸
In 1901, Elisa Sanchez Loriga took on the identity of Mario Sánchez to marry her lover of fifteen years, Marcela Gracia Ibeas.
Yo, Imposible / Being Impossible (2018) Venezuela 🇻🇪, Colombia 🇨🇴
A young woman discovers she was submitted to several surgeries to correct her intersexual body as a baby. She has to find her own self outside gender binaries.
Las Herederas / The Heiresses (2018) Paraguay 🇵🇾
A 30-year-long relationship is rocked by money issues as one half is jailed for fraud and the other finds a new lease of life.
José – (2018) Guatemala 🇬🇹
José lives with his mother in Guatemala. It’s a tough life in one of the most violent and religious countries. When he meets Luis, he’s thrust into new-found passion and pain.
Carmen y Lola (2018) España 🇪🇸
YouTube, Google Play
Two Roma women fall in love, leading to them being rejected by their community.
Retablo (2017) Perú 🇵🇪
Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play
The life of a 14-year-old boy in an isolated Peruvian village is turned upside down when he accidentally discovers his troubled father’s secret.
Una Mujer Fantástica / A Fantastic Woman (2017) Chile 🇨🇱
Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube
Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.
Chavela (2017) México 🇲🇽, España 🇪🇸
YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu
The life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012.
Sueño en otro idioma / I Dream in Another Language (2017) México 🇲🇽
Tubi, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video
A linguist arrives in a small jungle settlement hoping to record a conversation between two elderly men, the last two remaining speakers of the Zikril language, but the men are feuding and haven’t spoken to each other in 50 years.
Santa y Andrés (2016) Cuba 🇨🇺, Colombia 🇨🇴
Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube
The story of an improbable friendship between a revolutionary country girl and a non-compliant gay writer she has to watch over for three consecutive days.
Esteros (2016) Argentina 🇦🇷, Brasil 🇧🇷
Tubi, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes
Matias and Jeronimo’s friendship takes a new turn during the holiday before starting high school, when they both experience their sexual awakening.
Rara (2015) Chile 🇨🇱, Argentina 🇦🇷
A 13-year-old girl living with her mother and her new girlfriend deals with family problems while being preoccupied with her own adolescent issues.
Desde Allá / From Afar (2015) Venezuela 🇻🇪, México 🇲🇽
Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, iTunes
Armando, a 50 year man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 years boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever.
Dólares de Arena / Sand Dollars – (2014) República Dominicana 🇩🇴, México 🇲🇽, Argentina 🇦🇷
Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, iTunes
An older European woman becomes enchanted with a young Dominican woman who must struggle to make ends meet. Love brings a flow of entanglements in a drama which unfolds like palm trees in an irresistible storm.
Carmin Tropical – (2014) Mexico 🇲🇽
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A man who dresses and acts like a woman returns to her village of birth to investigate the death of a friend.
Pelo Malo / Bad Hair (2013) Venezuela 🇻🇪, Perú 🇵🇪, Argentina 🇦🇷
Tubi, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play
A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother.
Azul y No Tan Rosa – (2012) Venezuela 🇻🇪, España 🇪🇸
iTunes, Amazon Prime Video
The life of Diego, a young and successful photographer, turns upside down after a tragic accident. As his partner lies in a coma, Diego must care for the partner’s son and adapt to life together.
Contracorriente / Undertow – (2009) Perú 🇵🇪, Colombia 🇨🇴
YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video
An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town’s rigid traditions.