Películas y Palomitas!

Director(s): Multiple directors
Country: Argentina, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico
Language: Spanish w/ English subtitles
Animation, Live Action | 2020-2022 | 72 mins
Recommended for ages 8+ (Parental Guidance: 8+ age recommendation for subtitles)

Películas y Palomitas! Every festival year we search for Spanish language shorts to invite to Providence. This year’s reel includes stories about a girl who plants a tree then as a woman the tree returns the favor (LITTLE FOREST); an orphanage for little star children (STAR ORPHANAGE); and a beautiful song involving the animals of Argentina (WITH A WOOL BALL). Plus more! 


BOUCLETTE – Efil Cisó, young heir to the prestigious family of Bouclette’s barbers decides that he doesn’t want to continue with the family tradition and wants to pursue his dream of being a baker. (2022 / 7 mins / Mexico / dir. Fernanda Lozada / Spanish w/English subtitles)

THE FILMMAKERS (Los Peliculeros) – Bored that nothing extraordinary happens in her town, Valentina (10 years old) builds an imaginary camera to record how daily life changes due to the arrival of a film crew.  (2022 / 3 mins / Cuba / dir. Claudia González Catalán / Spanish w/English subtitles)

LALITO 10 – When COVID-19 forced his school to close and remote learning proved impossible, a teacher in Guatemala built a classroom on wheels to bring education directly to his students. (2022 / 17 mins / Guatemala / dir. Jordan Matthew Horowitz / in Spanish w/English subtitles)

LITTLE FOREST (Bosquecito) – Mizu discovers a small bud in the forest, everyday she goes back to water it. Over the years, Mizu and the small tree grow together. One day, the forest is flooded and the tree helps to save her life. (2020 / 8 mins / Argentina / dir. Paulina Muratore / no dialogue)

REVOLUTIONARIES – Two kids in costume as historical Mexican revolutionaries go to school but don’t quite make it to the classroom until…  (2020 / 7.5 mins / Mexico / dir. Carlos Humberto Tejeda / in Spanish w/English subtitles)

STAR ORPHANAGE (Orfanato de Estrellas) – Reporters and cameramen arrive at the doors of the Galileo Galilei Orphanage to film the extraordinary children that the old and tired Apolo Sandoval has been in charge of for decades. (2022 / 4.5 mins / Mexico / dir. Boli Nolasco / in Spanish w/English subtitles)

WITH A WOOL BALL (Con un ovillo de lana) – Among the hills of northwestern Argentina, a girl spends the winter in her hut. She weaves colored ponchos and goes in search of her friends, native animals of the area, to keep them warm with her wool and to invite them to her hut to drink mate together and warm up with a story and a song. (2022 / 4.5 mins / Argentina / dir. Belén Ricardes / in Spanish w/English subtitles)