The 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival Announces the Opening Night Gala Presentation of “Tango Glories (Fermín)”

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CHICAGO (February 13, 2014) – The 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) celebrates three decades of bringing the best films from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to Chicago in grand style, Thursday, April 3rd with the Opening Night Chicago premiere of Hernán Findling’s and Oliver Kolker’s dazzling and touching “Tango Glories (Fermín)” (“Fermín, Glorias del Tango”). The Opening Night Gala will take place at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. The event starts at 6 p.m. and will conclude with a reception following the screening at a location soon to be announced. Opening Night is sponsored by the Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago.

“For 30 years, the Chicago Latino Film Festival has celebrated Latino culture through the magic of film. We have showcased the most exciting and vibrant stories from legendary and first time filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States and we continue to do so this year,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer of the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival. “Our Opening Night film offers a unique take on a beloved cultural expression and sets the tone for what I promise will be a grand celebration of our cinema.”

Featuring an extraordinarily moving performance from Hector Alterio and dazzling musical and dance numbers, “Tango Glories (Fermín)” (“Fermín, Glorias del Tango”) centers on psychiatrist Ezequiel Kaufman (Gaston Pauls, “Nine Queens”) who has been offered a four-year residency at a prestigious clinic. But, first, he must present a clinical case study and he finds the perfect one in 85-year-old Fermín Turdera (Alterio) who expresses himself through the lyrics and titles of tango songs. As Ezequiel digs deep into the causes of this unique phenomenon, he is reintroduced by Fermín to a cultural expression he took for granted and discovers that tango is more than just dance and music…it is a way of life, with a philosophy of its own.

Hernan Findling has a long and eclectic filmmaking career. In 2008, he was the executive producer of three movies: “Breaking Nikki” (which he also directed), “Negro Buenos Aires,” and “Lo Siniestro”. He made his feature filmmaking directorial debut with “Causa and Efecto” in 2001 followed by the horror film “Director’s Cut” in 2006.

Born in New York but raised in Argentina since the age of three, Oliver Kolker started studying acting in 1994 and has acted in several commercials and feature movies including “Breaking Nikki.” Kolker began dancing tango in 1997, and became obsessed, spending time at the milongas and dancing into the wee hours of the morning. With his current partner Silvina Valz. Kolker has performed at Tango Fantasy Miami, Chicago Tango Week, Tango Magic Seattle, and Planetango Moscow Russia, among other festivals and showcases. Kolker is currently a dancer and teacher at Stepping Out Studios in Manhattan.

Tickets for Opening Night are $80 general admission / $65 for ILCC members. Admission includes a special film screening and reception offering food, libations and live entertainment. Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged. Tickets will go on sale March 1st.

The 30th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will be taking place April 3-17 and will feature over 100 feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. All of the films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles. The audience will also have the opportunity to participate in discussions with local and international filmmakers after most of the screenings. The Festival will be held at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.

SPONSORS
The 30th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival is made possible by the generous contributions of sponsors and their continued commitment to the Latino arts in Chicago. Additional sponsors will be announced a later date:

Platinum: American Airlines – Official Airline, BMO Harris Bank,
Gold: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Hoy/Chicago Tribune, JCDecaux, La Raza, and WTTW 11
Silver: DePaul University, TITAN, Whitehall Hotel – Official Hotel of the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival, and Yes! Press
Bronze: AARP, Baker & McKenzie, CAN-TV, CITGO, Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, Gozamos, Instituto Cervantes, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria, Reflejos, Tristan & Cervantes, and UNAM – USA Chicago.

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
In addition to the corporate sponsorship, the Chicago Latino Film Festival receives additional financial support from: The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council –a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Nordstrom.

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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In 1985, the Chicago Latino Film Festival began with 14 films projected onto a concrete wall for 500 viewers, and has now grown into the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) of Chicago, a premiere cultural organization. The ILCC is a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. The Center prides itself for its outstanding multidisciplinary local and international cultural programming which spans Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States.