CHICAGO (March 28, 2016) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) and AARP Illinois present a special edition of AARP’S “Movies for Grownups Series” as part of the 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival. The films chosen for the series are: Our Last Tango (Argentina), Passage of Life (Argentina), Pearl (Chile), Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Illusions S.A. (Mexico), and Rosa Chumbe (Peru). All films will be shown at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, 322 E. Illinois St. during the Festival, April 8-21.
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/.
“AARP’s Movies for Grownups program has successfully drawn attention to the power of the 50+ demographic in the United States by presenting films that are relevant to their experiences and worldviews. Our fruitful collaboration with the International Latino Cultural Center and the Chicago Latino Film Festival further expands that worldview by showcasing films that deal with a wide variety of themes while celebrating the accomplishments of Latinos 50+,” said Carmenza Millan, Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach for AARP Illinois.
The 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival 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.
ABOUT THE FILMS
Our Last Tango (Argentina/Directed by German Kral): María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes danced together for nearly 50 years and helped internationalize tango with the hit Broadway show “Tango Argentino.” They loved and hated each other, went through several painful separations, but always ended back together. Produced by Wim Wenders, this powerful documentary offers a highly personalized history of tango through interviews with the now octogenarian dancers, archival footage, and beautifully shot choreographies. (Friday, April 15, 6:30 pm; Sunday, April 17, 5:15 pm)
Passage of Life (Argentina/Directed by Diego Corsini): Mario reluctantly takes over the care of his father Miguel, an Argentine exile in Spain, after he suffers a debilitating stroke that leaves him senile. Miguel begins to recall the names of old friends and events; he keeps repeating one name in particular: Diana. These brief lapses lead Mario to research his father’s history as a young political activist in 1970s Argentina. Past and present collide in this drama about the open wounds that the country’s tragic history left on its survivors and on their descendants. (Sunday, April 10, 5:45 pm; Wednesday, April 13, 6:15 pm)
Pearl (Chile/Directed by Sergio M. Castilla): Pearl, a mutt, is abandoned in the streets of Santiago by her owner. Samuel, a filmmaker, is suffering a severe case of writer’s block; the fact that his estranged daughter is back in town and his mother’s health is failing doesn’t help at all. Pearl and Samuel cross paths after Perla is run over by a car. Samuel’s reluctant adoption of the dog after she follows him home may be the best thing that has happened to him in a while, as he begins to “listen” to her stories. (Saturday, April 9, 5:15 pm; Sunday, April 10, 4:15 pm)
Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia/Spain/Directed by Justin Webster): Justin Webster’s extraordinary documentary about one of Latin America’s most beloved and influential writers and thinkers is a must-see for lovers of literature and film. Through archival footage, interviews with writers, political leaders, relatives, and men and women on the streets, and the words of García Márquez himself, Webster thoroughly follows the artistic, political and personal evolution of this law-school dropout and political journalist who won the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. (Friday, April 15, 9:00 pm; Sunday, April 17, 6:15 pm)
Illusions, S.A. (Mexico/Directed by Roberto Girault): Starring Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin) and set in Campeche, México 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. (Opening Night, Friday, April 8, 6:00 pm; Saturday, April 9, 6:30 pm; Thursday, April 21, 7:00 pm)
Rosa Chumbe (Peru/Directed by Jonatan Relayze Chiang): Winner of the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Award, First Films Competition at the 2015 Montreal International Film Festival, Rosa Chumbe uses as a backdrop the annual commemoration of the Lord of Miracles in Lima to tell this story of a mature police officer with a gambling and drinking problem. Her daily routine is interrupted when, after a heated argument, her 18-year-old daughter Sheyla steals her savings and storms out of the house leaving her baby behind. Rosa’s heart of stone begins to soften as she takes care of her grandson but only a miracle will save her from the approaching storm. (Monday, April 11, 9:00 pm; Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 pm)
Tickets to each screening are: $13, general admission; $10 (with valid ID), ILCC Members, AARP members, Gene Siskel Film Center members, students, seniors and handicapped. Cine Martes (all screenings): $10. Festival passes worth 12 admissions are: $110 (a savings of $46) for the general public and $80 (a $76 savings) for ILCC Members. Cash, debit and major credit cards are accepted at the box office. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at ChicagoLatinoFilmFestival.org or on CLFF’s Facebook page. Tickets can also be purchased at CLFF Box Office in theater lobby. Box office opens one hour before first show of the day.
The 32nd 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 Argentina in Chicago, 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.