Fox Presents Cinema Latino

Latin American films available now on home video

By Brenda Salas
Published on LatinoLA: September 16, 2003

Fox Presents Cinema Latino

As part its continued expansion of its Spanish-language business in the U.S., Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has launched Cinema Latino, a series of subtitled, critically-acclaimed Spanish-language films to be released on DVD and video for U.S. consumers. To further satisfy the home entertainment needs of loyal Hispanic consumers, Fox and Venevision International have joined forces to release 10 critically lauded films on DVD and VHS under the newly created Cinema Latino banner supported by substantial advertising, promotional and publicity. The first three titles in the collection will include Santitos (The Box of Saints), Pantal?on Y Las Visitadoras (Pantal?on And The Visiting Ladies) and Todo El Poder (All The Power).

Todo El Poder: Gabriel (Demian Bichir from ?Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas) is a filmmaker in Mexico City, where he is a victim of crime and violence sometimes even three times a day. This is a black comedy that shows the extreme situation Mexico City is living as far as crime is concerned, and the tension the city and its inhabitants live day after day. The film is like a documentary of the psychological reactions of the inhabitants of Mexico City towards violence ($7.25MM in box office revenues ? from the producers of Oscar-nominated film Amores Perros). Todo el Poder is one of the highest grossing films in Mexico and represents the new generation of Mexican cinema.

Pantaleon Y Las Visitadoras: Nominated for the 2001 Goya Best Spanish Foreign Film, this ?entertaining, ribald comedy? (Los Angeles Times) revolves around a Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen by his superiors to set up a special service of 'visitors' to satisfy the sexual needs of the soldiers posted on remote jungle outposts. At first unhappy about this assignment, he nonetheless puts his remarkable organizational skills in action and in a short time has his 'unit' running smoothly. On the home front however things get complicated though; his wife dislikes his long hours and the secrecy surrounding his work, and he, despite being a dedicated husband, feels tempted by one of the ladies under his command.

Santitos: Executive produced by acclaimed indie filmmaker John Sayles and based on the best-selling Mexican novel Esperanzas Box of Saints, Santitos won the Latin American Cinema Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Santitos is the story of a young woman as she embarks on a humorous, passion-filled journey of self-discovery, travelling from her humble Mexican village to the wilder streets of Tijuana and Los Angeles in search of her child.

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