The 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival to Present “The Foreign Language Film Oscar®: Winners and Nominees From Latin America and Spain”


CHICAGO (March 18, 2014) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center will present “The Foreign Language Film Oscar®: Winners and Nominees from Latin America and Spain” as part of the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival, the organizations announced today. The eleven films from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico chosen for this series will be shown exclusively at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street in Chicago, April 4-16. The 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival will take place April 3-17 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. in Chicago.

Forty-one films from Latin America and Spain have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film since the award was created in 1956 and six have won the Oscar. These eleven Academy Award-winning and nominated films have been selected for the series: “Macario” (Director: Roberto Gavaldón; Mexico, Nominee, 1960), “The Official Story” (Director: Luis Puenzo; Argentina, Winner, 1985), “What Happened to Santiago” (Director: Jacobo Morales; Puerto Rico, Nominee, 1989), “La Belle Epoque” (Director: Fernando Trueba; Spain, Winner, 1993), “Central Station” (Director: Walter Salles; Brazil, Nominee, 1998), “All About My Mother” (Director: Pedro Almodóvar; Spain, Winner, 1999), “Amores Perros” (Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu; Mexico, Nominee, 2000), “The Crime of Father Amaro” (Director: Carlos Carrera; Mexico, Nominee, 2002), “The Sea Inside” (Director: Alejandro Amenábar; Spain, Winner, 2004), “The Milk of Sorrow” (Director: Claudia Llosa; Peru, Nominee, 2009) and “The Secret in Their Eyes” (Director: Juan José Campanella; Argentina, Winner, 2009).

“We are excited to be presenting these extraordinary films in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Gene Siskel Film Center” said Pepe Vargas, Founder and Executive Director of the International Latino Cultural Center. “Some of the films in the series, like ‘Macario,’ are classics of Ibero-American cinema while others, like ‘Amores Perros,’ ‘Central Station’ and ‘The Milk of Sorrow,’ heralded the arrival of new visionaries. In its sheer diversity and scope, this series is representative of the Festival’s lifelong mission of introducing audiences to the richness of Latino filmmaking.”
Tickets for this series at the Siskel Film Center are: $11/general admission; $7/students, $6 Siskel Film Center Members/ ILCC Members/AARP members. Member Mondays: $6/non-members; $5/members. For more information, visit chicagolatinofilmfestivalorg, or call (312) 846-2600.

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:

Platinum: American Airlines – Official Airline, BMO Harris Bank, Telemundo/NBC Chicago, and Univision Chicago
Gold: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Hoy/Chicago Tribune, JCDecaux, La Raza, and WBEZ/Vocalo, and WTTW 11
Silver: Allstate, Cine Latino, Corona Extra, DePaul University, DishLatino, Lapiz, MundoFox 13 Chicago,, TITAN, The Whitehall Hotel –Official Hotel of the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival, and Yes! Press
Bronze: AARP, Baker & McKenzie, CAN-TV, Chicago Reader, CITGO, Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, Gozamos, Illinois Lottery, Instituto Cervantes, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria, Reflejos, Sam’s Club, State Farm, Tristan & Cervantes, and UNAM–Chicago

In addition to the corporate sponsorship, the Chicago Latino Film Festival receives 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.

This project was partially funded by a Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards–in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners-the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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.