26th CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

30/03/2010 at 7:07 am 4 comments


FEATURING OVER 120 FILMS FROM LATIN AMERICA, PORTUGAL, SPAIN AND THE USA

The festival runs April 16-29 and includes special events: Opening Night, A Night of Spain, and Noite do Brasil with special segments LGBT, Women in Film and Made in USA

CHICAGO – The 26th Chicago Latino Film Festival begins a new decade of presenting a diverse cinematic experience to Chicagoans with over 120 films in an array of genres – fiction, documentary, animation, drama and comedy. The Festival runs April 16-29 and is considered the oldest and most comprehensive film festival of its kind in the United States.

The films programmed reflect the Latino culture from Latin America, Portugal, Spain and the United States. This year marks the first time the Festival will reach moviegoers of the city of Waukegan with  a select number of films.

“The creativity, ingenuity, struggles and success of our filmmakers continue to inspire us to think of a brighter future for Latinos of Chicago. Film is a powerful medium with which we can share our life experiences, and because our Festival has an undisputablecultural presence in Chicago, I encourage people from all backgrounds to get immersed in our culture by watching as many films as they can,” said Pepe Vargas, Founder and Director of the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) and Chicago Latino Film Festival.

The two-week Chicago Latino Film Festival prides itself on programming special segments: Women in Film, Made in USA and LGBT. During most screenings, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in discussions with local and international filmmakers.

Made In USA: The following Chicago-made films highlight Latino themes and filmmakers: Immigrant Nation!: The Battle for the Dream, directed by Esaú Meléndez, Death Do Us Part, dir. Juan Daniel Zavaleta, Beat, dir. Melissa Flores, Little Village, dir. David Priego, Second Generation Stories: Growing Up Latino in Chicago dir. Gizella Meneses, Six Weeks of Change, dir. Andrés Lombana and María Elena Ponticiello.

Other films made in the USA include a special screening of La Mission directed by Peter Bratt and starring Benjamin Bratt.

Women in Film: Presenting over 20 films directed by women: Mamachas of the Ring, (Bolivia/US), Dir. Betty M. Park, Teresa (Chile), Dir. Tatiana Gaviola, Nora’s Will, (Mexico), Dir. Mariana Chenillo, She is the Matador, (Spain), directed by Gemma Cubero, Felicitas (Argentina) by Maria Teresa Constantini, to name a few.

LGBT: We celebrate the important artistic contributions of LGBT talent to the Latino film industry by showcasing the following films: Undertow (Peru/Colombia), Translatina (Peru), To Die Like a Man (Portugal), Leo’s Room (Uruguay), Broken Gods (Cuba), I’ve Got Something To Tell You (Spain), Miente (Puerto Rico) and Breaking Borders (USA).

SPECIAL EVENTS

In keeping with tradition, this year’s special events include Opening Night Gala, Night of Spain and Noite do Brasil/Awards Ceremony, as detailed below:

OPENING NIGHT GALA – Friday, April 16, 2010

In commemoration of Mexico’s Bicentennial Independence and Centennial Revolution Anniversary, the festival will open with a Mexican fiesta. A special screening of the award-winning film, Viaje Redondo (Round Trip) will be followed by a lively cocktail reception featuring live entertainment. The film’s director, Gerardo Tort will be in attendance.

Film: 6pm, Viaje Redondo (Round Trip), Mexico, Dir. Gerardo Tort

Loews AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago 60611

Reception: 8:30 p.m., River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago 60611

Tickets: $50 General Admission, $45 ILCC Members

NIGHT OF SPAINFriday, April 23, 2010

Sponsored by the Tourist Office of Spain in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes, A Night of Spain brings Chicagoans the splendor of Spanish cinema. A special screening of Un buen hombre (A Good Man) will be followed by a splendid cocktail reception featuring live entertainment. The film’s director, Juan Martinez Moreno will be in attendance.

Film: 6pm, Un buen hombre (A Good Man), Spain, Dir. Juan Martinez Moreno

AMC Loews Pipers Alley, 1608 N. Wells St., Chicago 60614

Reception: 8:30 p.m., Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark, Chicago 60614

Tickets: $50 General Admission, $45 ILCC Members

NOITE DO BRASIL/AWARDS CEREMONY – Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Noite do Brasil (Brazilian Night) is sponsored by the Government of Brazil through the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago. The evening will begin with the presentation of the Gloria Award to Peru’s most prolific filmmaker, Francisco J. Lombardi and the announcement of the Cinelatino Audience Choice Award recipient, as determined by the filmgoers. Following the award ceremony will be a special screening of the Brazilian film Olhos Azuis (Blue Eyes) produced by Isabel Monteiro Joffily who will be in attendance. The night will conclude with a vibrant reception at Texas de Brazil.

Film/Awards: 6:00 p.m. Olhos Azuis (Blue Eyes), Brazil

AMC Loews 600 Theatre, 600 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 60611

Reception: 8:30 p.m., Texas de Brazil, 51 E. Ohio St., Chicago, 60611

Tickets: $50 General Admission, $45 ILCC Members

More info: http://www.latinoculturalcenter.org/

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4 Comments Add your own

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  • 2. Carlos Corral  |  21/04/2010 at 7:04 pm

    Don’t forget about Hands of God. It was also part of the USA films made by Latinos =).

  • 3. Tatianna  |  16/04/2010 at 5:00 pm

    Where this festival takes its place? In Siskel Center or in different cinemas?
    Also, I would like to see “Gordos” – we missed this movie during the International Film Festival in Chicago, and I would like to see it.
    Respectfully,
    Tatianna Van de Staan

  • 4. Kendra Dautel  |  13/04/2010 at 8:08 pm

    What are the submission dates for next year´s festival?

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