RoxCine is proud to present the three Spanish-language films shortlisted for the Oscars in the International Feature category: Fernando León de Aranoa’s El Buen Patrón/The Good Boss, starring Javier Bardem (Spain); Abner Benaim’s Plaza Catedral, starring Ilse Salas (Panama); and Tatiana Huezo’s Noche de Fuego /Prayers for the Stolen, starring Ana Cristina Ordónez González (Mexico). Co-presented by The Mexican Museum and SF Latino Film Festival.


Monday, January 24 at 6:40pm

Básculas Blanco, a Spanish company producing industrial scales in a provincial Spanish town awaits the imminent visit from a committee which holds its fate in their hands as to whether they merit a local Business Excellence award: everything has to be perfect when the time comes. Working against the clock, the company’s proprietor, Blanco (Javier Bardem) pulls out all the stops to address and resolve issues with his employees, crossing every imaginable line in the process. In Spanish with English subtitles.

A film by Fernando León de Aranoa. 2021. Spain. 120 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Tickets for The Good Boss available here.


Tuesday, January 25 at 7pm

The second fiction film by Panamanian director Abner Benaim (Invasion, Ruben Blades Is Not My Name) stars Mexican actress Ilse Salas (Güeros, The Good Girls) as Alicia, a woman whose seemingly perfect life was turned upside-down by the sudden death of her six-year-old son. Alicia’s grief is plagued by guilt, which has made her disassociate from society, from married life, and from herself. Now she lives in the Old Quarter of Panama City, a rich colonial enclave surrounded by the city’s poorest neighborhoods. There she meets Chief (Fernando Xavier De Casta), a street-smart 13-year-old who takes care of cars in front of her apartment and insists on getting paid for his job. Alicia keeps a safe distance from him, until one night Chief arrives at Alicia’s apartment bleeding from a gunshot wound and begs her to let him inside. Winner of the Best Actor and Best Actress Awards at the Guadalajara Film Festival, Plaza Catedral questions how far each of us would go to help a stranger.

A film by Abner Benaim. 2021, 94 min. Panama/Mexico/Colombia. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Tickets for Plaza Catedral available here


Wednesday, January 26 at 6:45p

In a mountainous town in rural Mexico, young Ana lives with her mother, who works in the poppy fields harvesting opium. The region offers natural splendor and small pleasures for Ana and her two best friends, Maria and Paula, yet the area’s inhabitants are gripped by a fear that is for now incomprehensible to the girls: drug cartels rule the countryside, and they regularly kidnap teenage girls for trafficking, leaving their families bereft of hope or closure. In her delicately wrought yet devastating first fiction feature, adapted from the 2014 novel by Jennifer Clement, Tatiana Huezo charts Ana’s growth from childhood to adolescence, steeping viewers in both the lyrical beauty of youth and the creeping terror of adult reality. Huezo’s film features an extraordinary cast of young actors and intimate camerawork by Dariela Ludlow, breathing naturalism into a world of desperation and despair.

A film by Tatiana Huezo. 2021. Mexico/Germany/Brazil/Qatar. In Spanish with English subtitles. 110 minutes.

Tickets for Prayers for the Stolen available here.

Presented by RoxCine. Co-presented by The Mexican Museum and SF Latino Film Festival