CHICAGO (March 25, 2014) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) announced today the lineup for the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) to be held April 3-17th at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. CLFF will feature over 100 feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. The Festival will kick off Thursday, April 3rd with the Chicago premiere of Hernán Findling’s and Oliver Kolker’s dazzling and touching “Tango Glories (Fermín)” (“Fermín, Glorias del Tango”) at the same venue.
The Festival will present 78 feature-length films, 31 of which were directed by first-time feature filmmakers, and 42 shorts. Additionally, in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, eleven films have been programmed as part of the series “The Foreign Language Film Oscar®: Winners and Nominees from Latin America and Spain”. The series will screen exclusively at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street in Chicago, April 4-16.
“Throughout the years, our programming has reflected the latest tendencies in Ibero-American film and this 30th edition of our Festival is no different. By featuring the work of so many first-time filmmakers, we want to introduce Chicago’s moviegoers to these potential future masters of our cinema. I know our audience will be captivated as we were by their stories and how they are told visually,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival. “As always, I encourage people from all backgrounds to immerse themselves in our culture by watching as many movies as possible.”
The Festival’s program will include such critically acclaimed and award-winning films as Caru Alvez de Souza’s “Underage”, Gustavo Fallas’ “Port Father” and Claudia Pinto Emperador’s “The Longest Distance” and Claude Sainte-Luce’ “Amazing Catfish” (International Critics’ Award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival) as well as this year’s Goya-winning films (Spain’s equivalent to the Oscar) “All the Women” by Mariano Barroso (Best Adapted Screenplay), Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s “Family United” (Best Supporting Actor) and Miguel Ferrari’s “Blue and Not So Pink” (Best Iberoamerican Film).
From the fields of California to one of the toughest prisons in Latin America, the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival boasts one of its strongest documentary lineups yet. The 14 feature and 14 short documentaries include: Richard Ray Perez’s and Lorena Parlee’s “Cesar’s Last Fast” about Cesar Chavez’s final act of protest; Carolina Loyola-Garcia’s “Over the Waves: A Story of Flamenco in the U.S.”; “Elena,” Petra Costa’s meditation on her sister’s suicide, winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 35th Havana International Film Festival; “The Death of Jaime Roldos,” Lisandra I. Rivera’s and Manolo Sarmiento’s inquiry on the assassination of Ecuador’s first democratically elected president, after a long dictatorship; and “Javier Sicilia, In Solitude With Others,” where Javier Sicilia reflects on his son’s death and the toll Mexico’s drug war has taken on its people.
All of the films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles (unless otherwise noted). The audience will also have the opportunity to participate in discussions with local and international filmmakers after most of the screenings.
CLFF is a non-competitive festival. However, since 1993, the public has had the opportunity to vote for their favorite film in several categories and award them with the Audience Choice Award.
CLFF this year will honor Paulina Garcia with the Gloria Career Achievement Award for her outstanding work as a stage, film and television actress and for her contributions as a teacher and role model to so many young actors and directors in her country. Since 1999, the Gloria Award has been given in recognition to individuals and institutions for their outstanding contributions to the Latino arts. Garcia will also be present at a special screening of “Gloria,” for which she received the Silver Bear for Best Actress last year at the Berlin Film Festival, on Thursday, April 17th. Garcia will receive the Gloria Award during the Closing Night Gala, Wednesday, April 16th.
Opening Night: The 30th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) opens Thursday, April 3rd with the Chicago premiere of of Hernán Findling’s and Oliver Kolker’s dazzling “Tango Glories (Fermín)” (“Fermín, Glorias del Tango”). Psychiatrist Ezequiel Kaufman (Gaston Pauls, “Nine Queens”) 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 (Hector 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. Findling and Kolker will be present at the gala. Opening Night is sponsored by the Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago.
Closing Night: The immigration drama “I Am from Chile,” directed and co-written by Gonzalo Diaz, will be screened during the Closing Night gala, Wednesday, April 16th at the AMC River East 21. Salvador moves to London from Chile to study English and travel around Europe at his parents’ expense. He stays with his aunt Maria, who makes a rather decent living renting the rooms of the building she lives in to other immigrants. But when a financial crisis back home leaves Salvador with no resources of his own, he has no choice but to make ends meet with the help of Maria and his flatmates, taking on a series of short-term, and at times, dangerous jobs. Diaz and lead actress Paulina Garcia will attend the event. The Closing Night Gala is sponsored by MyHabanero.com.
AARP presents “Movies for Grownups”: 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. The films chosen for this special 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).
Chilean Cinema in Action: Chilean cinema has gone through a vibrant and exciting reemergence – a natural reflection of its economic vitality and the investment in highlighting the country’s cultural values. Once again, thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, and the Cultural Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all Chicagoans are offered a rare opportunity to see some of the most exciting films being produced in Chile today. Highlights include “Kaleidoscope,” Paulo Paulista’s conversational feature film debut about friendship, class resentment and reconciliation; Claudio Sandoval’s dark comedy “Much Better than You” about a man foolishly trying to reclaim his manhood; and the breathtaking “Patagonia of My Dreams” about the adventures and misadventures experienced by the first Europeans to settle in Patagonia.
The Foreign Language Film Oscar®: Winners and Nominees from Latin America and Spain: 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 present this series of eleven films from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico. The series will be shown exclusively at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street in Chicago, April 4-16.
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Trans/Queer (LGBTQ): CLFF celebrates the important artistic contributions of Latino LGBTQ talent and films, some of which are represented this year by “Kaleidoscope” (Chile) directed by Paulo Paulista, “Dangerous Loves” (Colombia) directed by Jose Antonio Dorado, “Disrupted” (Mexico) directed by Roberto Fiesco, and “Blue and Not So Pink” (Venezuela) directed by Miguel Ferrari.
Made In USA: Films made in Chicago and all over the U.S. with a Latino perspective. The selection includes: “My Princess”, a USA/Puerto Rico co-production directed by Chicago filmmaker Carlos Jimenez Flores; “Detained in the Desert” written by Josefina Lopez (“Real Women Have Curves”), “Cesar’s Last Fast”; “Transfusion” a documentary about Mexican food trucks in Columbus, Ohio; and thirteen shorts including the locally-produced “Albert” (directed by comedian Alonzo Alcaraz) and “For the Love of Mom.”
Women In Film: The number of films directed and/or produced by Latinas is growing. This year, of the 78 feature films programmed for the Festival, 18 were directed or co-directed by women and of the 42 shorts, 14 were directed and co-directed by women. They include: “Red Princesses” (Costa Rica) directed by Laura Astorga, “Inercia” (Mexico) by Isabel Muñoz, Coraly Santaliz’s “Hopeful Hopeless” (Puerto Rico), and “Rambleras” directed by Daniela Speranza (Uruguay), among others.
LOCATIONS AND TICKET INFORMATION
All films are presented in their original language with English subtitles (unless otherwise noted).
All screenings will take place at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. Galas will conclude with a post-screening reception Embassy Suites Hotel, 511 N. Columbus Dr. Tickets for the galas are $80 / $65 for ILCC members. Admission includes the screening and a post-screening reception offering food, libations and live entertainment. Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged.
Tickets to each regular screening at the AMC River East 21 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.
Tickets for “The Foreign Language Film Oscar®: Winners and Nominees from Latin America and Spain” at the Gene 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.
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.