Credit: AFI Silver

For more than 30 years, the American Film Institute has brought together the best, most innovative films from the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking worlds. AFI’s Latin American Film Festival celebrates cinema from European countries, as well as Central and South America, which only broadens its available horizons for area cinephiles. Last year’s festival was singular, even if it was only virtual: Highlights included Pablo Larraín’s provocative drama Ema and Ariel Winograd’s The Heist of the Century, a comic thriller from Argentina that should please anyone who loves the Ocean’s Eleven series. Even before this year’s slate was announced, other prestigious festivals programmed new works from Pedro Almodóvar and Santiago Segura, so it was clear this local offering would again provide an opportunity for audiences to catch world cinema on the big screen it deserves before these titles wallow in obscurity on countless streaming services. Sept. 23 to Oct. 13 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. $13–$200.