Argentinean Comedy “Heart Of Lion” Wins the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award for Best Feature


CHICAGO (April 20, 2014) – The 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) announced today the winners of the Audience Choice Awards. Even though the CLFF is a non-competitive festival, 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.

The winners are:

• Best Feature: “Heart of Lion” (Argentina): Marcos Carnevale, director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival’s 2011 Audience Choice Award winner “Anita,” delivers a touching, romantic comedy that celebrates our inner beauty. Long divorced from her law firm partner, tall and beautiful Ivana receives a call from architect Leon Godoy (Guillermo Francella), who has found her ex-husband’s lost cell phone; she falls in love with his voice and agrees to meet with him. But, much to her surprise, Leon is short…really short…he is only four and a half feet tall. She soon learns that height is not a barrier when it comes to love.


Best Documentary: “The Death of Jaime Roldos” (Ecuador): On May 24, 1981, the plane carrying Jaime Roldos, Ecuador’s first democratically elected president after years of military dictatorship, his wife and four other people crashed in the mountains. Foul play was immediately suspected. Drawing on more than 80 hours of interviews, archival footage and research, co-directors Manolo Sarmiento and Lisandra I. Rivera draw a compelling portrait of the man and an equally compelling argument for the involvement in his death of the military dictatorships in Chile and Argentina as well as certain U.S. commercial interests.


Best Short: “Albert” (USA/Chicago): After getting out of a long-term relationship, Albert calls on his hard partying, womanizing buddies, Lex and Charlie to get him through the heartache. Will living the single life help him get over his past or will it only lead to an even bigger headache?

Produced by the International Latino Cultural Center, the 30th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) took place April 3rd-17th and featured over 120 feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States at the AMC River East 21.

The 30th 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 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.

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


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.