Der Soziologiestudent David und der Künstler Diego treffen sich in Havannas berühmter Eisdiele „Coppelia“. Diego ist homosexuell und der jüngere David gefällt ihm. Aus der beabsichtigten Verführung wird Freundschaft, die nicht unkompliziert verläuft, da sich ein militanter Studienkollege Davids einmischt. Und da ist noch Nancy, Diegos Nachbarin, die den afrokubanischen Göttern mehr vertraut als ihren eigenen Fähigkeiten und die ein Auge auf David geworfen hat.

Kuba / Mexico / Spanien 1993
Regie: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
110min, 35mm; Farbe; Dolby-Stereo; span. OF mit dt. UT
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Frida, Naturaléza Viva

FRIDA, NATURALÉZA VIVA is a 1984 feature about the life and suffering of Frida Kahlo, portrayed authentically by Ofelia Medina. Its structure is not chronological, showing memories, fragments often accompanied by music and radio shows of that time. It makes Frida Kahlo´s world of pain, isolation and suffering perceptible.

Mexico 1986
Regie: Paul Leduc
108 min, 35mm, no dialogue

HISTORIAS DEL DESENCANTO (Stories of Disenchantment)

Isolated in a world in which time no longer exists, three characters, worn down by desolation and disenchantment, meet. A beautiful conceptual artist with bat-wings, Ainda is trying to escape from her sex maniac husband, who, although he was killed in a car crash, refuses to leave her alone. She comes across two young adults, Diego, an innocent looking blond, who wants to make a video film, and Ximena, educated in a Catholic institution, who is following him in search of unusual images; and a mystical and intense love affair develops between the three of them. read more

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen: Lateinamerika-Programm

 43 min 35mm Rúben Gámez b/w, Spanish with Engl. ST A small portrait of Mexico – 1966. The problems and dreams of the Mexican people.

 11 min, 35mm, Luiz Alberto Pereira b/w, Spanish with Engl. ST When in April 1985 the country’s first democratically-elected President, Tancredo Neves, became seriously ill right after the elections, the population and the media worried for weeks about the first representative of their national identity.
QUEREMOS AS ONDAS DO AR! WE WANT AIRWAVES! BRA 1986 11min, 35mm, colour/Portuguese with Engl. ST Francisco César Filho / Tata Amaral A film pamphlet from Brazil against biased information and for the democratisation of telecommunications. Different textures are combined without compunction. read more


Jean works as French teacher in Santo Domingo. When the Haitian man loses his job and flat in quick succession he stands out there alone with nothing but a shopping bag. In hope for more intellectual and challenging work he refuses a job on the construction site. While his search for work gets more desperate he crosses the city and rural regions until he finally reaches the jungle. Jean’s mood changes with the shift of landscapes. He becomes more and more hopeless and longs for a family and a new purpose in life.
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A portrait of daily life in La Pirata, a pulque bar. A portrait of its parishioners. A tribute to pulque, to the people who drink pulque, to ranchero music and the barrio.

Mexico 2003
Regie: Everardo González
60 min, 35 mm, Farbe, span. OF mit engl. UT


Adam, Eva, Gott, der Teufel und Figuren aus der Religion der Ocumichu kreieren eine Welt, die von ihren Bewohnern zerstört wird. Alles explodiert, Sieger ist „der gute Satanas“.

Mexiko 1998
Regie: Dominique Jonard
10 min, 35mm, Farbe (Animation)


A tribal woman from Tarahumara seeks justice for the death of her son.

Mexico 2003
Regie: Mercedes Moncada Rodríguez
103 min, 35 mm, Farbe, span. OF mit engl. UT


Mexiko 1990
Regie: Jaime H. Hermosillo


Kids who do not know what it is like to have a playful childhood but instead have to work in agriculture. They peg away on the farm, tend animals, harvest tomatoes, chilis and corn, burn clay bricks, weave fabrics, tinker imaginative alebrijes, fetch water and on top of that watch their little siblings. This has been going on for many generations. The elders show the younger ones what to do, tell them their tricks and hand down their tools. Every day is a new fight for survival, and the only chance for free space is the time before sleeping. Without commentary, the camera follows the everyday life of LOS HEREDEROS. read more

Los Insolitos Peces Gato – The Amazing Catfish

Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, who lives alone with her four children, gains Claudia‘s trust. When she gets out of the hospital, she spontaneously offers Claudia to go home with them. Getting to know this family makes Claudia feel at ease. And for the first time she experiences a sense of belonging in this peculiar little tribe. As Martha‘s health weakens every day the bond Claudia has with each member of the family grows stronger. Claudia Sainte-Luce Claudia Sainte-Luce wurde am 28. Dezember 1982 in Mexiko read more


They are over 60 years old, have been imprisoned for decades and living legends: the „old thieves“ of Mexico, who evenly brought to perfection the art of theft as a profession with the ethos in the 60s and 70s and contributed to Mexico’s social history as “gentlemen thieves”. They mostly started off as street kids motivated by the need to survive as well as the fascination of quick money, they worked with talent and learned skills as pickpockets, street robbers and burglars. read more


Mexiko 1959
Regie: Roberto Gavaldón


NI OLVIDO NI PERDÓN (Kein Vergessen, kein Pardon)

With the slogan “Everything is possible with peace” the Olympic Games began in Mexico on 12 October 1968. Just ten days earlier, at ´La Plaza de las Tres Culturas‘ in Tlaltelolco, the Mexican army had put a violent end to the student movement which had been demanding democracy in Mexico since July. On 2 October, as thousands of people converged to protest publicly, the Mexican army surrounded the crowd, starting a massacre in which 200 to 300 people were killed. Those responsible were never made accountable for their actions. read more