CHICAGO (March 24, 2015) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) and AARP Illinois join forces for a third year in a row to present a special edition of AARP’S “Movies for Grownups Series,” as part of the 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival. The films chosen for the series are: “Father” (Costa Rica), “With You Bread and Onions” (Cuba), “Grandma’s Birthday” (Mexico), “One for the Road” (Mexico), “Good Old Boys” (Peru) and “Cats Have No Vertigo” (Portugal). All films will be shown at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, 322 E. Illinois St. during the Festival which takes place April 9-23.
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. For more information on the program, visit http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/.
“Our partnership with the International Latino Cultural Center and the Chicago Latino Film Festival has been very rewarding. We have been able to reach out to new audiences and at the same time the members of AARP have discovered the magic of Latin American cinema. These six films from Latin America not only fulfill the mission of the ‘Movies for Grownups’ program but they also defy every single stereotype society has about the 50+ population,” said Carmenza Millan, Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach for AARP Illinois.
The 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will feature over 120 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.
ABOUT THE FILMS
Father (Costa Rica/Directed by Alejo Crisóstomo): Emilio lives in the country, away from the hectic city life, surrounded by his fruit and plantain trees. His occasional trips to the grocery or hardware stores are his only contact with civilization. One day he discovers that someone has invaded his land and sets a trap to catch the intruder. Emilio recognizes himself in the visitor and finds in him a part of his life that had been taken away. (Monday, April 13, 8:30 pm; Wednesday, April 15, 9:00 pm)
With You Bread and Onions (Cuba/Directed by Juan Carlos Cremata): Lala will do anything to secure a promising future for her children even though her husband’s salary barely covers such essentials as food, transportation and rent. She enrolled her daughter, against her will, in English language courses and forced her son to quit his job so he could become a painter. Lala has now set her sights on a refrigerator and come hell or high water, she will buy one. Cremata’s loyal adaptation of Hector Quintero’s irreverent and bittersweet play about keeping up appearances is as relevant today as when it was first staged in 1962. (Tuesday, April 14, 6:00 pm; Thursday, April 16, 6:15 pm)
Grandma’s Birthday (Mexico/Directed by Javier Colinas): A dysfunctional family travels to Cuernavaca to celebrate their grandmother’s birthday in this heartfelt comedy about second chances. Older sister Diana is in the process of divorcing her husband Gerardo. Her brother Daniel, a sports commentator for a down and out radio station, doesn’t know that his girlfriend has been having an affair with younger brother Sebastian. And Ana, the baby of the family, has invited starving artist Juan Pablo to the soirée. It isn’t until their father Francisco shows up with his new wife that all hell breaks loose. (Monday, April 13, 6:15 pm; Wednesday, April 15, 6:45 pm)
One for the Road (Mexico/Directed by Jack Zagha Kababie): In spite of their families’ objections, three eighty-year-old men embark on a road trip in order to fulfill the dying wish of a lifelong friend: to donate the draft of a song written on a napkin by legendary composer Jose Alfredo Jimenez to the museum bearing his name. The trip brings Emiliano, Benito and Agustin a renewed sense of purpose and possibility in their golden years. Beautifully acted by Jose Carlos Ruiz, Eduardo Manzano and Luis Bayardo, this gentle and very funny film is a celebration of friendship and Jimenez’s legacy. (Saturday, April 11, 6:45 pm; Sunday, April 12, 8:30 pm)
Good Old Boys/Viejos Amigos (Perú/Directed by Fernando Villaran): Balo, Ricardo, Domingo and Kike have been friends pretty much since the day they were born eight decades ago in Peru’s El Callao neighborhood. Fate delivers a cruel blow when Kike dies on the eve of the game that could lead their favorite soccer team to first place in the league. The now trio decide to steal Kike’s ashes and take them to the match, stopping first at some of their favorite youthful hangouts for one last hurrah. Villaran’s opera prima is a mischievous celebration of friendship and loyalty. (Friday, April 17, 8:30 pm; Sunday, April 19, 8:15 pm)
Cats Have no Vertigo (Portugal/Directed by António Pedro Vasconcelos): Rosa’s life has lost all meaning and purpose after her husband Joaquin’s death; she spends her days alone, talking to his “ghost.” Her solitude is disrupted when she discovers 18-year-old Jó asleep on the rooftop of her building. Jó has been kicked out of his house by his alcoholic father and has nowhere else to go. Rosa takes him under her wing, raising eyebrows among her family and his friends. (Wednesday, April 15, 8:30 pm; Thursday, April 23, 8:30 pm)
Tickets to each screening are: $12, general admission; $10 (with valid ID), ILCC Members, AARP members, students, and seniors. Saturday and Sunday matinees (first shows), $8. Festival passes worth 12 admissions are: $110 (a savings of $34) for the general public and $80 (a $64 savings) for ILCC Members. 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 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, NBC5 Chicago, Telemundo and Univision
Gold: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Hoy/Chicago Tribune, JCDecaux, La Raza, Verizon Wireless 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.com, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria, Reflejos, Tequila Casa Noble and Tristan & Cervantes.
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.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
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.