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This year’s journey into Latin American cinema begins on the wrong side of the Atlantic, in Madrid. But everything else about DarkBlueAlmostBlack (at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19; 9:20 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20) seems to be in order: The movie sports an intricate plot, a grim sense of humor, and a bizarre perception of reality. The story involves a young custodian who wants to wear a suit to work, an inmate who hopes to get pregnant, and a father and son who are both drawn to the same handjob artist—and that’s only about half the major characters. A prim Peruvian schoolteacher remakes herself as a femme fatal to avenge the murder of her fiancé, an incorruptible judge, in Black Butterfly (at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19). This film has some magical realist trappings, including butterflies, angels, and a conveniently gorgeous protagonist. But the politics are derived from real aspects of the Fujimori era, and the outcome is anything but whimsical. The ending is happier, but the events outrageously lurid, in Bluff, the tale of a Colombian photographer hired to murder his ex-girlfriend. He has no intention of killing her, but he happens upon a female corpse, which gives him an idea for faking the crime. The series runs to Sunday, Oct. 7, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.25. (301) 495-6700; see Showtimes for this week’s films; see afi.com/silver/new/ for a complete schedule.