New York International Latino Film Fest Returns to NYC
Movie buffs, grab the popcorn and sunscreen because the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is back this summer and better than ever. Watch the top Latin flicks from around the globe right in the heart of the city from Tuesday, July 27th to August 1st. Whether you’re a native New Yorker or not, you’ll want to run to the festival’s box office for your chance to see all your favorite stars on the silver screen.
“NYILFF is very excited to be presenting these outstanding films,” says Calixto Chinchilla, Executive Director of NYILFF. “Each year we bring audiences better and more varied Latino content starring some of the biggest stars from Hollywood and Latin America and throughout the world. Our Opening, Close, and Dominican Night films really exemplify the wide range of Latino cinema today.”
Launched in 1999, NYILFF is the premier movie event in the country that’s made for and by Latinos. Filmmakers, writers, and actors unite every year to showcase their talents, celebrate the Latino culture, and present lessons on the Latino experience. In addition to movies, NYILFF presents live music, art showcases, community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO.
Discover all the hottest Latin celebrities making their grand debut at this year’s NYILFF during Opening, Closing, and Dominican Night! Tickets for NYILFF will be available beginning June 25th at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9, as well as the festival’s official site.
OPENING NIGHT, Presented by Johnnie Walker
THE DRY LAND– Starring America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama.
Tuesday, July 27th (7 PM) @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street
James (Ryan O’Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle — reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His young wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo) and his best friend (Jason Ritter), provide support but they can’t fully comprehend the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an Army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him the compassion and camaraderie he desperately needs. A taut, moving story of redemption and reconstruction, “The Dry Land” is about one soldier’s war to reconnect with his own soul.
CLOSING NIGHT, Co-Presented by Heineken
LA SOGA – Starring Manny Perez and Denise Quiñones
Saturday, July 31st (7 PM) @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street
In a poor, corrupt neighborhood in the Dominican Republic, 10-year-old Luisito witnesses his father’s vicious murder. Preying upon Luisito’s desire for revenge, General Colon (Juan Fernandez), the head of the secret police, takes Luisito under his wing and transforms him into a heartless killer. Twenty years later, Luisito (Manny Perez) is Colon’s top assassin, driven by the promise to face his father’s killer. Into Luisito’s world comes Jenny, whose tenderness rekindles his long-dormant conscience. As his eyes open to the corruption around him, Luisito realizes the price for altering his life’s path may be his life itself.
DOMINICAN NIGHT, Presented by Heineken
TRÓPICO DE SANGRE – Starring Michelle Rodriguez, Cesar Évora
Thursday, July 29th (7 PM) @ Columbia University Alumni Auditorium (168th at Fort Washington)
By the late 1950’s, Generalissimo Rafael Trujillo’s reign of terror over the Dominican Republic had lasted nearly thirty years, and yet the Mirabel sisters, led by feisty, passionate Minerva, would come to represent the greatest threat to his regime. Daring to stand up against him, they soon became folk heroes to the oppressed Dominican people. Their cold-blooded murder at the hands of Trujillo’s thugs would prove to be the fearsome dictator’s ultimate undoing.
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