The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago Presents Line-Up for 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival


CHICAGO (March 28, 2016) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced today the lineup for the 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival to be held April 8-21 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. during a kick-off celebration at Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N. Sangamon St. in Chicago. The Festival will present 74 feature-length and 42 short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States.

The Festival will open Friday, April 8 with the Chicago premiere of Roberto Girault’s charming comedy Illusions, S.A. starring Jaime Camil at the AMC River East 21, and close Thursday, April 21 with Festival favorite Ariel Winograd’s latest comedy Sin Hijos (No Kids) at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.

“Choosing which shorts and features will play in our Festival becomes more challenging and exciting each year given the enormous amount of high quality films coming out from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States… and 2015 was, truly, a bountiful and triumphant year for Iberoamerican cinema,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival. “We are proud to feature a significant sample of these critically acclaimed, award-winning films as well as a diverse selection of documentaries, comedies, thrillers and dramas.”


Festival highlights include: Our Last Tango, a documentary produced by Wim Wenders about legendary tango dancers María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes that recreates their lives and career through interviews and dance; César Acevedo’s beautifully austere feature film debut, Land and Shade, winner of the Camera D’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, about an old farmer who returns to his family after abandoning them 17 years ago; The Farm (pictured above), Angel Manuel Soto’s gritty, devastating portrait of Puerto Rico’s economic collapse, winner of the Opera Prima award at the recently held Guadalajara International Film Festival; From Afar, the first Latin American film to win the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion; Karadima’s Forest, the story of Father Fernando Karadima, the pastor and leader of Chile’s most powerful church for more than 20 years, and one of Chile’s worst sexual predators in that country’s history; and Murder in Pacot, Raoul Peck’ claustrophobic, thought-provoking drama about class resentment in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti.

The Festival will also join in the celebration of Kartemquin Film’s 50th anniversary with a special screening of Maria Finitzo’s critically acclaimed documentary In the Game, Tuesday, April 19 at 6 pm at the AMC River East 21. Vargas, Finitzo and Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films, will introduce the film. A question and answer session will follow the film’s screening. The Festival will also host the world premiere of Rotas, Luis Lorente’s big screen adaptation of his powerful flamenco piece about domestic violence which had its U.S. Premiere right here in Chicago at Northeastern Illinois University in a collaboration with Ensemble Español, on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:00 pm at the AMC River East.

All of the films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles (unless otherwise noted). The audience will also have the opportunity to participate in discussions with local and international filmmakers after most of the screenings.

CLFF is a non-competitive festival. However, since 1993, the public has had the opportunity to vote for their favorite film in several categories and award them with the Audience Choice Award. The winner will be announced on Monday, April 24,.

Opening Night: The 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival opens Friday, April 8 with the Chicago premiere 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. 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. Opening Night is sponsored by Corona Extra and BMO Harris Bank.

Closing Night: The third highest grossing Argentinian film of 2015, the delightfully energetic Sin Hijos (No Kids) centers on Gabriel (Diego Peretti) a divorced father who dotes on his 9-year-old daughter Sofía (Guadalupe Manent). Their relationship is disrupted when he falls in love with former high school crush Vicky (Maribel Verdú, Pan’s Labyrinth, Y Tu Mamá También). 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.

AARP presents “Movies for Grownups”: 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. The films chosen for this special 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).

Chilean Cinema in Action: 2015 was a landmark year for Chilean cinema. Films like Pablo Larraín’s The Club and Patricio Guzmán’s The Pearl Button took home major awards at the Berlin, Jerusalem, Mar del Plata, Lima and Chicago International Film Festivals. And the animated short film Bear Story recently became the first Chilean film to ever win an Oscar®. As in years past, thanks to the friendship and partnership that bind the Chicago Latino Film Festival, the Consulate General of Chile in Chicago and the Cultural Division of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Chicago filmgoers will have the opportunity to see and enjoy the high quality work of six Chilean filmmakers. Highlights include Alma, Diego Rougier’s (Salt) comedy about a bipolar music teacher’s romantic misadventures; The Memory of Water, featuring two emotionally rich performances from Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In) and Benjamín Vicuña as a couple grieving the death of their child; and Pearl, Sergio M. Castilla’s quirky tale about a frustrated filmmaker and his adopted dog.


Documentaries: From Invasion (pictured above), Abner Benaim’s powerful documentary about the aftermath of the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, to The Room of Bones, Marcela Zamora’s heartbreaking documentary about mothers searching for their children’s remains at a national morgue in the midst of El Salvador’s three-decades long gang warfare, this year’s selection of 12 feature documentaries and 6 shorts introduces audiences to the real life stories of dancers, musicians, activists, writers, and construction workers.

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Trans/Queer (LGBTQ): CLFF celebrates the important artistic contributions of Latino LGBTQ talent and films, which are represented this year by Lonely Stars (Mexico) directed by Fernando Urdapilleta, The Open Door (Spain) directed by Marina Seresesky, Broken Backs (Uruguay) directed by Mario Handler, From Afar (Venezuela) directed by Lorenzo Vigas and the short Gloria (Mexico) directed by Luis Hernández de la Peña.

Made In USA: Films made in Chicago and all over the U.S. with a Latino perspective. This year the program is proud to present the world premiere of two films directed by local filmmakers: One Night Stand, Alonzo Alcaraz’s feature debut starring a who’s who of Chicago’s Latino theater and stand-up scenes, including Yunuen Pardo, Juan Villa, Lorena Díaz, Gwen LaRoka, Wendy Mateo, and Eddie Martínez; and Carlos Jimenez Flores’ psychological thriller Deceived, shot totally in Puerto Rico. Other films in the program include: After School: Lockdown at Harborside, Carlos Melendez’s and Mauricio Mendoza’s topical drama about school shootings; the San Francisco-based noir The Other Barrio, about another topical subject, gentrification; and eight shorts.

All screenings, except for the Closing Night/Night of Argentina gala will take place at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. The Closing Night/Night of Argentina gala will be held at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. Tickets for the galas are $85 general and $70 for ILCC members. Admission includes the screening and a post-screening reception offering food, libations and live entertainment. Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged.

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, Tuesday): $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 or on CLFF’s Facebook page. Tickets can also be purchased at the CLFF Box Office at the 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.

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.