Ariel Winograd’s Box-Office Hit “Sin Hijos” Headlines the 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival’s Closing Night/Night of Argentina Gala


CHICAGO (March 16, 2016) – The 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival announces the selection of Festival favorite Ariel Winograd’s latest comedy Sin Hijos (No Kids) as its Closing Night/Night of Argentina film. Starring Diego Peretti and Maribel Verdú (Pan’s Labyrinth, Y Tu Mamá También), the film will screen Thursday, April 21 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., at 5:30 p.m., followed by a post-screening reception at the same venue. Director Winograd is scheduled to attend the screening and reception. Closing Night/Night of Argentina is presented by the Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Malbec World Day and Wines of Argentina and sponsored by NBC Chicago/Telemundo Chicago/Xfinity.

The third highest grossing Argentinian film of 2015, this delightfully energetic comedy centers on Gabriel (Peretti) a divorced father who dotes on his 9-year-old daughter Sofía (Guadalupe Manent, who steals the movie in her big screen debut). Their relationship is disrupted when he falls in love with former high school crush Vicky (Verdú). Only one problem: she hates kids. So Gabriel begins to jump through hoops as he attempts to hide any trace of his daughter’s existence every time Vicky visits him.

Winograd started his career directing television shows and music videos. In 2006, he released his first feature film, Cheese Face (Cara de queso) an autobiographical comedy about his childhood Jewish club. He then started working in the advertising industry where he has had a successful career directing commercials. In 2011, he directed My First Wedding (Mi primera boda) a huge box office success in Argentina. This was followed by the comedy caper To Fool a Thief (Vino para robar). All three films were official selections of the Chicago Latino Film Festival

“It’s been a real treat to see Ariel grow as a filmmaker. His films are witty and full of heart; they evoke the works of such master comedians as Billy Wilder and Woody Allen. His latest film, Sin hijos is another great example of the continuing vitality of Argentina’s film industry,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

Tickets for Closing Night are $85 general / $70 for ILCC members. Admission includes the film screening and reception offering food, libations and live entertainment. Cocktail attire is recommended. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 22 and can be purchased online at

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 Chicago, 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 Argentina in Chicago, Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, Copa Airlines, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria, Tequila Casa Noble, Tristan & Cervantes and Wines of Argentina.

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.

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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