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"Well crafted & thoughtful! Successfully blend[s] black comedy, lyricism & social critique."
- Jonathan Holland, Variety
"An absolute gem of a film! Keep an eye out for Amador - it is not to be missed."
- Digital Kebab
BAD DAY TO GO FISHING
Winner - 10 Awards - Uruguayan Film Critics Association
Winner - Best Actor - Mar del Plata Int'l Film Festival
"Alvaro Brechner's ambitious debut is something like a retro The Wrestler by way of the Coen brothers."
- Jordan Mintzer, Variety
"An amusing and poignant fable!"
- Ion Cinema
"Briskly paced, nicely lensed and engagingly quirky!"
- The Hollywood Reporter
"Cannibal pulses from first scene to last...Manuel Martin Cuenca comes into his own!"
- Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
"Stunning! Subtle but powerful [with] a magnetic lead performance!"
- Scott Clark, The People's Movies
"A meditative study in precision, pain, loneliness and redemption."
- Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg, Twitch
"Exquisitely shot and told with a delicate simplicity...refreshing!"
- Jen Johans, Film Intuition
"Carol's Journey has an innate appreciation for the emotional vibrancy of youth and love."
"A little gem by the name of Carol's Journey...the personal message of this type of film drives much deeper into our hearts as the events unfold in such a manner as to remind us that life goes on as much as war comes at a greater cost than we tend to realize."
- Don Houston, DVD Talk
Winner - 10 Awards - Premios Sur (Argentina's Oscars)
Winner - Casa de America Award - San Sebastián Int'l FF
Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight)
"Seductive! An intimate, richly tactile and impressionistic picture of a 'once-upon-a-time' in childhood."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"Impressive! Ãvila is an artist worth keeping an eye on."
- David Fear, Time Out New York
"Vibrant! A charming, involving first feature!"
- Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice
COOKING AT THE WORLD'S END
Winner - Best Film - Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars®)
Winner - Best New Director - Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars®)
Winner - Best New Actor - Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars®)
"A truly remarkable performance from its lead actor, twelve-year-old Juan José Ballesta, who plays this street urchin in equal parts tough and vulnerable."
- Jamie Russell, BBC
"A wonderful tale [with] amazing portrayals! Emotional and unforgettable!"
- Jen Johans, Film Intuition
"At once subtle and visceral...a measure of faith in the future."
- Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice
"That Llosa has never directed for the camera before is remarkable considering how accomplished the film is."
- Robert Koehler, Variety
"Magical! Enriched with countless eerie details!"
- Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com
"Very accomplished for a debut feature...a coming of age drama with a novel twist, which offers insight into a world of tradition rarely considered by filmmakers!"
- Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film
"?Marquise? is a sprightly costumer based on the fetching dancer-cum-thesp who dazzled Moliere, Racine and the Sun King himself before making a suitably theatrical exit in 1668 at age 35. Toplined by Sophie Marceau, the unpretentious dramedy manages to make viewers feel sophisticated and involved without requiring an advanced degree in French history. An attractive cast, bawdy subtext, lavish production design and peppy score are among the pleasures in Vera Belmont?s energetically helmed pic...."
- Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"Marquise is an exuberant, sexy and rollicking entertainment."
- Paul Fischer, Urban Cinefile
THE GREAT MATCH
Nominated - Golden Biznaga - Malaga Spanish Film Festival
Official Selection - Berlin Int'l Film Festival
"A visually breathtaking, gently comic homage to the indigenous communities that are its subject and to soccer's power to penetrate lives."
- Jonathan Holland, Variety.com