CHICAGO (March 25, 2014) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) and AARP Illinois announced today that they will present the “Movies for Grownups Series,” as part of the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival. The films chosen for the series are: “The Tree that Grows on the Wall” (Argentina), “Illiterate” (Chile), “She Doesn’t Want to Sleep Alone” (Mexico), “Here’s the Deal” (Spain), “Solo” (Uruguay) and the short film “Alberto’s” (Venezuela). All films will be shown at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, 322 E. Illinois St.
Since 2002, AARP has selected the year’s best movies with storylines, performances, and filmmaking that have relevance to the 50+ moviegoer as part of its Movies for Grownups program. Movies for Grownups works within communities across the nation to offer opportunities to see some of the year’s best films before they are in theaters. The program’s multimedia platforms –web, You Tube and print, radio and television– reach millions of movie fans across the United States.
“Through our partnership with the International Latino Cultural Center and the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival, we are expanding the scope and reach of our Movies for Grownups program. These six films from Latin America and Spain fulfill the program’s primary mission of showcasing films that create relevance and impact for the 50+ moviegoer. They also give the program a refreshing international flavor, introducing our target audience to new experiences and ways of seeing the world,” said Carmenza Millan, Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach for AARP Illinois.
The 30th 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 Theatres, 322 E. Illinois St.
ABOUT THE FILMS
The Trees that Grows on the Wall (Argentina/Director: Tomás Lipgot): It took Jack Fuchs, one of the last survivors of the Holocaust living in Argentina, more than 40 years to come to terms with the horrors that he witnessed and endured in Lodz, Auschwitz and Dachau. Yet, in spite of his tragic past, Fuchs embraces life with a contagious smile. Today, this affable, charming man shares his experiences in conferences and books. Lipgot paints an austere and intimate portrait of this unique man through one-on-one interviews, animation, and footage provided by Fuchs. (Sunday, April 6th, 3:00 pm; Monday, April 7th, 8:30 pm)
Illiterate (Chile/Director: Moisés Sepúlveda): Ximena (Paulina García) has long kept her illiteracy a secret. Jackeline (Valentina Muhr), a young unemployed elementary school teacher, tries to convince her to take reading classes and even volunteers to read her the newspaper daily as a first step. Ximena resists Jackeline’s efforts but soon relents when she discovers that reading may actually provide an answer to the burning question of why her father abandoned her so many years ago. Sepulveda’s beautifully calibrated debut features two powerhouse performances by García and Muhr. (Saturday, April 5th, 7:00 pm; Sunday, April 6th, 8:30 pm; Tuesday, April 15th, 7:30 pm)
She Doesn’t Want to Sleep Alone (Mexico/Director: Natalia Beristáin): Unable to sleep alone, Amanda spends each night with a different lover, seeking the comfort she needs to fall asleep. Her life is disrupted when she’s forced to take care of Dolores, her alcoholic grandmother. Once an acclaimed actress, Dolores has now nothing but her fading memories of glorious days gone by. At first, neither woman can see eye to eye but as time goes by they discover they have more in common than they first thought. Partly based on her relationship with her grandmother, Beristáin explores with restraint the themes of loneliness and memory. (Friday, April 11, 6:45 pm; Monday, April 14th, 8:45 pm)
Here’s the Deal (Spain/Director: Alejandro Marzoa): Having just turned 50, best friends Suso and Miguel lose their respective jobs. Even though they can’t make ends meet, they find solace in their one hobby: fishing. Luck seems to be on their side when, during one of their fishing expeditions, they find a package containing a significant amount of cocaine. Suso and Miguel decide to sell it to get out of their current financial travails. There’s one catch: they don’t know how. Shot in Galicia, “Here’s the Deal” starts out as a comedy about Spain’s current economic crisis but soon turns into a wrenching drama about friendship, helplessness and dignity. (Monday, April 14th, 6:30 pm; Wednesday, April 16th, 8:30 pm)
Solo (Uruguay/Argentina/Netherlands/Director: Guillermo Rocamora): Nelson is a 45-year-old musician in Uruguay’s Air Force band, and has played the trumpet for more than 20 years. After his wife leaves him, Nelson falls into a depression, believing he has not achieved anything of significance in his life. A music contest in town presents Nelson with the opportunity he has been longing for. At the same time, the Air Force presents Nelson with the possibility of an impending promotion but he would have to travel to Antarctica on the exact date of the contest’s finale. (Wednesday, April 9th, 6:00 pm; Friday, April 11th, 6:00 pm)
Alberto’s (Venezuela/Director: Pedro Mercado): Alberto is an old-fashioned barber who is forced to change the way he does business in order to keep his shop. He hires a new hairstylist who brings new clientele and other changes to his personal life. Will Alberto be able to adapt to the changes? (This short will be shown alongside “Illiterate”).
Tickets to each screening are: $12, general admission; $10 (with valid ID), ILCC Members, AARP members, Gene Siskel Film Center members, students, and seniors. Festival passes worth 12 admissions are: $110 (a savings of $34) for the general public and $80 (a $64 savings) for ILCC Members. Saturday and Sunday matinees (first shows), $8. Cash, debit and major credit cards are accepted at the box office. Theater box office opens one hour before the first show of the day.
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, MyHabanero.com, TITAN, The Whitehall Hotel –Official Hotel of the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival, and Yes! Press –Official Printer of the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival
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
ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
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.
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.