|Image: Ratas, Ratones, Rateros |
These are two of the best recent independent films from Ecuador.
The multi-award winning feature Ratas, Ratones, Rateros (Sebastian Cordero, 107 mins, Equador, 1999) has the gritty urban feel of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Amores Perros. Set in Quito, Ecuador's capital and largest city, it follows the story of Salvador (Marco Bustos), a young and naive petty thief whose world is turned upside down following the arrival of his cousin Angel (Carlos Valencia), an ex-con in search of easy money and a hideout.
The avant-garde blast of Silencio Nuclear (Ivan Mora Manzano, 10 mins, Equador, 2002) describes the devastation and desolation of a post-World War III world, questioning how humanity came to self-destruct.