CHICAGO (March 1, 2016) – The 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) announces the selection of Illusions S.A., Roberto Girault’s poignant comedy about illusions, reality and little white lies starring Jaime Camil (CW’s Jane the Virgin) and an all-star cast of Mexican stage, film and television actors as its Opening Night gala film. The event will take place Friday, April 8 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude with a post-screening reception at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 511 N. Columbus Dr. Director Girault is scheduled to attend the screening and reception. Opening Night is sponsored by Corona Extra and BMO Harris Bank.
“Illusions S.A. is an intimate, gentle, warm-hearted comedy about family values featuring a wonderful ensemble and exquisite period recreations; it also represents a change of pace for Roberto whose previous work has been more contemporary in nature. Audiences will connect to this story and to the more than 100 stories our Festival will be sharing with them over 14 days,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.
Set in Campeche, Mexico in the 1950s, Illusions S.A. centers around an agency that turns your deepest fantasies, wishes and even lies into reality. A noble grandfather has, through fictitious letters, lied to his wife about the true nature of his grandson who left their house more than 20 years ago. After the grandson apparently dies when the ship carrying him back to Mexico sinks in the ocean, the firm’s director (Camil) and a recent recruit (Adriana Louvier) take on the mission of posing as the grandson and his wife. But things get out of hand when the real grandson pops up with demands of his own.
Roberto Girault studied film production and scriptwriting at the Vancouver Film School in Canada after finishing his law degree in Mexico. His first documentary–“Under Vietnam’s Sun” about a group of Canadian doctors who traveled to that country to provide humanitarian aid–was released in 2003. Upon his return to Mexico, he founded the production company Halo Studio through which he has developed several projects. His second documentary, “Generación del 85” (2005), highlighted the efforts of those who countered the government’s slow response in the aftermath of Mexico City’s catastrophic 1985 earthquake by volunteering in the rescue efforts. His first feature film, “The Student” (2009), about a 79-year-old man who decides to pursue a college education, was an official selection of the 25th Chicago Latino Film Festival. “Illusions S.A.” is his third feature film.
Tickets for Opening Night are $85 general / $70 for ILCC members. Admission includes the film screening and reception offering food, libations and live entertainment. Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 15 and can be purchased online at chicagolatinofilmfestival.org/.
The 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will be taking place April 8-21 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 where appropriate. The audience will also have the opportunity to participate in discussions with the filmmakers after most of the screenings. The Festival will be held at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.
The 32nd Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival is made possible by the generous contributions of sponsors and their continued commitment to the Latino arts in Chicago:
Gold: Corona Extra, BMO Harris Bank, AMC Independent, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Univision, JCDecaux, La Raza, NBC5 Chicago, Telemundo, Xfinity and WTTW 11
Silver: DePaul University, AARP, United Airlines, Whitehall Hotel, Intersection and Yes! Press
Bronze: Baker & McKenzie, CAN-TV, Coca-Cola, Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, Copa Airlines, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria, Tequila Casa Noble and Tristan & Cervantes.
The Chicago Latino Film Festival receives additional support from: Chicago Reader, DNAInfo Chicago, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Latino Scoop, the National Endowment for the Arts, Nordstrom, Prince Charitable Trust and Reflejos.
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 11th anniversary in the Fall; Film in the Parks, also in its 11th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 7th 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.
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