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11 Hispanic Filmmakers Who Are Seriously Killing It

by Luisa Colón.


There was a time when even the most devoted American cinephile would struggle to name more than a few Latino directors beyond Pedro Almodovar and Luis Bunuel. Today, filmmakers like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Miguel Arteta, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Robert Rodriguez have become bankable names with movies that are embraced by broad audiences. But can “Gravity,” “Pacific Rim,” or “Sin City” be defined as Latino films?

There’s another group of Hispanic filmmakers who are really nailing their craft; they’re not yet household names in the U.S., but they’re reinvigorating genres, providing fresh perspectives, and reshaping the cinematic experience. (Even the term “Hispanic filmmaker” doesn’t feel entirely accurate, since it could refer to creators from any Spanish-speaking area — and the cinematic interests of those in Chile or Spain are no doubt different that those shared by Latino communities in the U.S.) Some are rich portrayals of cultural experience; others have simpler aims, like scaring the hell out of their audiences.

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