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Octubre (DVD FOREIGN OCT)  83 min.  2010. 

Clemente is a moneylender and a quiet man. Sofia is his neighbor devoted to the October worship of Our Lord of the Miracles. She hopes Clemente is the one for her. Sofia cares for Clemente's newborn baby, whose mother is a missing prostitute, while Clemente looks for the mother. With these two new people in his life, Clemente reconsiders his emotional attachments.

The Official Story (DVD FOREIGN OFF)  110 min.  1985. 

The wife of an Argentinean businessman begins to suspect that her adopted daughter may have been stolen from a family of "los desaparecidos."

Only Human (DVD FOREIGN ONL)  86 min.  2004. 

When Leni comes home to introduce her fiancé Rafi to her idiosyncratic Jewish family, everything goes smoothly until the lovers reveal that Rafi is Palestinian.

The Orphanage (DVD FOREIGN ORP)  105 min.  2007. 

Laura purchases her beloved childhood orphanage to reopen the abandoned facility for disabled children. The new environment stirs her son’s imaginary games that become more disturbing. Upon seeing her family threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.

The Other Conquest (DVD FOREIGN OTH)  In Spanish and Nahuatl, with English captions.  105 min.  1998. 

Mexico, 1521.  The Spanish army of Hernando Cortés has swept through the New World, forcing their religious beliefs on the Aztec people. A skillful Aztec scribe, who survived the Massacre of the Temple in 1520, tries to preserve his people’s rites and customs. The Spanish army conquers their land, but not the soul of the Aztecs.

Pan’s Labyrinth (DVD FOREIGN PAN)  119 min.  2006. 

When Ofelia and her mother go to live with her new stepfather on a military post, she enters a world of cruelty. Soon the creatures of her imagination become real, and she fights them to save her mother and herself. In the battle, Ofelia learns that innocence has power.

Pantaleon Y Las Vistadoras (DVD FOREIGN PAN)  137 min.  2003.  

A Peruvian army captain (and devoted husband) is in charge of a top-secret military operation – setting up a brothel for his soldiers in the Amazon.

Paraiso Travel (DVD FOREIGN PAR)  110 min.  2007. 

Marlon Cruz, Columbian motivated by his girlfriend Reina, leaves Columbia to illegally cross the border and find fortune in New York. His journey includes seedy strip clubs, dance halls, homeless hostels, and Jackson Heights, ultimately taking him to an unexpected place.

The Pope’s Toilet (DVD FOREIGN POP)  97 min.  2008. 

It's 1988, and Melo, a Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II. 50,000 people are expected, and the locals believe that selling food and drink will make them rich. Petty smuggler Beto thinks he has the best idea – he will build a WC in front of his house and charge for its use; the results will surprise everyone.

Rudo Y Cursi (DVD FOREIGN RUD)  102 min.  2008. 

From the plantation to the big city soccer stadiums, two brothers become rivals and battle on opposing sides. When a talent scout is stranded in their town, brothers Beto and Tato are discovered and whisked to Mexico City to play for the big leagues. Beto is nicknamed 'Rudo' for his hotheaded goalkeeper style and Tato is called 'Cursi' for his peculiar scoring technique. Success leads to excess. Rudo descends into gambling debt and drug abuse. Cursi is distracted by beautiful women and a second career as a pop singer. Will the siblings fulfill their goal to build a home for their mother?

Santitos (DVD FOREIGN SAN)  105 min.  2003. 

A young woman embarks on a humorous, passion-filled journey of self discovery as she travels from her humble Mexican village to the wilder streets of Tijuana and Los Angeles in search of her child.

Saving Private Perez (DVD FOREIGN SAV)  103 min.  2012. 

Julian Perez, Mexico's most powerful man, embarks on a mission given by the only authority he respects – his mother. With a colorful band of unlikely heroes, Julian risks his life to fulfill his mother's wish and rescue his brother from the war-ridden prison of Iraq.

The Sea Inside (DVD FOREIGN SEA)  125 min.  2004. 

This is a biography of the Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life.

Secret in Their Eyes (DVD FOREIGN SEC)  In Spanish or French, with English or French captions.  127 min.  2009. 

This crime-thriller about judicial cover-ups and corruption in Argentina, told through flashbacks, won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Una Semana Solos (DVD FOREIGN SEM)  115 min.  2011. 

A group of children, ages seven through fourteen, are left home alone in a secluded community. Their innocence becomes corrupted as they experiment with rule-breaking, leading to house break-ins around the neighborhood. The arrival of the maid’s teenage son exposes prejudice and ferocity climaxing with crimes that force the children to re-examine their actions.

Sidewalls (DVD FOREIGN SID)  94 min.  2011. 

Two Buenos Aires denizens find the architecture of the city and emerging technologies affecting their lives in a way neither ever dreamt possible in this romantic comedy that combines live action, animation, and graphic art to paint a vivid picture of life in a bustling city.

Simon of the Desert (DVD FOREIGN SIM)  45 min.  1965. 

To prove he is devoted to God, a 4th century saint stays on the top of a pillar for six years while he is tempted by the devil in the form of a beautiful woman.

Sin Nombre (DVD FOREIGN SIN)  96 min.  2009. 

Sayra is a beautiful young Honduran woman who joins her father and uncle on an odyssey to cross the gauntlet of the Latin American countryside en route to the United States. Along the way she crosses paths with El Casper, a teenage Mexican gang member who is maneuvering to outrun his violent past and elude his unforgiving former associates.

Skin I Live In (DVD FOREIGN SKI)  In Spanish or dubbed French, with captions in English or French.  120 min.  2011. 

Since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon, wants to create a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he cultivates a skin that is a shield against every assault. The unscrupulous doctor needs to find both an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Marrilia, his caregiver from birth, is his most faithful accomplice. Where will they find the human “pig”?

Smoking Room (DVD FOREIGN SMO)  88 min.  2004. 

An employee of an American company in Spain collects signatures to protest an office smoking ban. His colleagues agree with him until their individualism, selfishness and cowardice surface.

Son of the Bride (DVD FOREIGN SON)  125 min.  2001. 

Rafael is a divorced father and restaurant owner. He feels guilty that he doesn't visit his mother, lives in his father's shadow, doesn't spend enough time with his daughter, and can't commit to his girlfriend. When the unexpected happens, Rafael re-evaluates his life.

Spirit of the Beehive (DVD FOREIGN SPI)  99 min.  1973. 

Shortly after the civil war, a six-year-old girl attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes haunted by her memory of it.

Strawberry and Chocolate (DVD FOREIGN STR)  104 min.  1993. 

With the help of two new friends, a young man learns everything there is to know about things not taught in school.


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