CHICAGO (March 16, 2015) – Salsa fever will take over the 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival’s Closing Night gala with the Chicago premiere of “Ciudad Delirio,” a delightfully romantic, highly energetic musical comedy about the salsa scene in Cali, Colombia directed by Spanish filmmaker Chus Gutierrez. The event will take place Wednesday April 22 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude with a post-screening reception at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 511 N. Columbus Dr. The Closing Night Gala is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and MyHabanero.com
“This film has all the right ingredients for a fun night at the movies: it has romance, music, and lively musical numbers. You will want to go to Cali to take some salsa classes after watching ‘Ciudad Delirio’,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer of the 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival. “You might even want to stand up and dance during the screening but I do not recommend it; you will have ample opportunity to test your dancing skills at our reception.”
Angie (Carolina Ramirez) and her dance troupe are preparing for a major audition for the legendary dance company Delirio when she meets visiting Spanish doctor Javier (Julian Villagran, “Dark Blue Almost Black”). Sparks fly in and out of the dance floor as Javier and Angie fall in love and the troupe begins to face problems of their own. “Ciudad Delirio” features over 200 professional dancers and 3,000 extras, choreography by Blanca Li (who has worked with Beyoncé and Kylie Minogue) and the music of Grupo Niche, Guayacán Orquesta and Fruko y sus tesos, among others.
Born in Granada, Spain, in 1962, Chus Gutierrez moved to New York in the early 80s where she attended various cinema workshops and made several short films. She returned to Spain in 1987. Her first feature, “Sublet” (1992), was nominated to the Goya Awards (Spain’s equivalent to the Oscars) for Best New Director; “¡Hay motivo!” (2004), for which she contributed the short “Adolescentes”, was in competition for the Goya for Best Documentary and “Return to Hansala” (2008) for the Goya for Best Original Screenplay. Her 2002 film, “Poniente” co-written with Iciar Bollain, won the FIPRESCI Award at the 2003 Guadalajara International Film Festival. “Ciudad Delirio” is her seventh feature film.
Tickets for Closing Night are $85 general admission / $70 for ILCC members. Admission includes a special film screening and reception offering food, libations and live entertainment. Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged. Tickets can be purchased online at chicagolatinofilmfestival.org/.
The 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will be taking place April 9-23 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.
The 31st 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: BMO Harris Bank, Telemundo and Univision
Gold: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Hoy/Chicago Tribune, JCDecaux, La Raza, Verizon and WTTW 11
Silver: Allstate, Corona Extra, DePaul University, Lapiz, MyHabanero, TITAN, Whitehall Hotel – Official Hotel of the 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival, and Yes! Press
Bronze: AARP, Aeromexico, Baker & McKenzie, CAN-TV, Chicago Reader, CITGO, Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, Consulate General of Venezuela in Chicago, Copa Airlines, Gozamos, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria, Reflejos, Tristan & Cervantes and Tequila Casa Noble.
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.
ABOUT THE ILCC
The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago 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.
Born out of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago also produces other programs, including the Latino Music Festival, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in the Fall; Film in the Parks, also in its 10th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 6th year; and many others.
All in all, the audience has grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to more than 70,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos), who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center.