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Must-see Argentinian Films

Planning a trip to the cine or ready for a night in with Netflix? The following films are among the top-grossing and highest-rated movies from Argentina. El Secreto de Sus Ojos and Diarios de Motocicleta are great to watch whether you are a foreigner or not! And you may still have time to catch Relatos Salvajes in theaters.

Relatos Salvajes (2014) (English: Wild Tales): 8.4/10 IMDB

The newest cinematic edition to Argentina’s list of award-winning movies, Relatos Salvajes was written and directed by Damián Szifron and has an ensemble cast of Argentinean stars featuring Ricardo Darín, Óscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg and Darío Grandinetti. It is composed of six shorts which are all connected by the common theme of violence and vengeance. You’ll see stories of deception, haunting pasts, and tragedy unfold in this dark comedy that received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. It has already won 6 awards and has been included in the upcoming Academy Awards as the Argentina entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (2009) (English: The Secret in Their Eyes): 8.3/10 IMDB

The protagonist, Benjamín Espósito, is a retired legal counselor who begins writing a novel in hopes of finding closure for an unsolved homicide case and unrequited love from his former chief, Irene. He revisits past characters and places from the 25-year-old case and continues to be haunted by it. El Secreto de Sus Ojos won numerous awards including the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was written and directed by Juan José Campanella and stars the familiar faces of Ricardo Darín and Soledad Villamil.

Diarios de Motocicleta (2004) (English: Motorcycle Diaries): 7.8/10 IMDB

Follow the motorcycle road trip Ernesto “Che” Guevara took throughout South America which sparked his life’s calling. Watch the events that led a 23-year-old medical student to his eventual destiny as leader of the Cuban Revolution. The movie was directed by Walter Salles and is based on the actual journal of Che Guevara. It stars Gael García Bernal and Rodrigo De la Serna. It won numerous awards including Best Film in the 2005 Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures in the 2005 Academy Awards for the song “Al Otro Lado Del Río”.