Closing Night: Tribute to Argentina
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.
Chinese Take-Away / Un Cuento Chino
Argentina / Spain, 2011, 100 min.
Director: Sebastián Borensztein
Spanish with subtitles
A bitter and methodic Roberto (Ricardo Darín) is a lonely man and owner of a hardware store. Mari is a cheery farmer who attempts to win Roberto’s heart, but he avoids her. One day, Roberto is taken from his daily routine when he sees Jun, a Chinese man who doesn’t speak a word of Spanish, being expelled from a taxi. Reluctantly, Roberto lodges Jun in his house and only after a series of incidents, he learns the dramatic story of the poor man’s life.
Amargado y metódico, Roberto (Ricardo Darín) es un hombre solitario, dueño de una ferretería. Mari es una alegre campesina que intenta conquistar el corazón de Roberto, pero él la evade. Un día, Roberto es sacado de su rutina diaria cuando ve a Jun, un hombre chino que no habla una palabra de español, ser expulsado de un taxi. A regañadientes, Roberto aloja a Jun en su casa y sólo después de una serie de incidentes se entera de la dramática historia de este pobre hombre.
River East Arts Center, 435 E. Illinois St.
Special Events Details
Tickets are held at venue will-call desk. Special Events tickets cost $75 per event ($65 ILCC member), and includes film screening, appetizers, cocktails and live entertainment. Cocktail attire strongly suggested.
CHICAGO (March 27, 2012) – The 28th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) announced that Sebastián Borensztein’s “Un cuento chino” (Chinese Take-away), will be shown at their Closing Night/Tribute to Argentina gala event, April 25 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. The event starts at 6 p.m. and will conclude with a reception following the screening at the River East Arts Center, 435 E. Illinois St. Closing Night/Tribute to Argentina is sponsored by the Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Argentina – America Midwest Chamber of Commerce, Marca País Argentina, and Wines of Argentina and is catered by St. Augustine College Culinary Arts Program.
This year’s winner of the Goya Award (Spain’s answer to the Oscars) for Best Iberoamerican Film and winner of Argentina’s 2011 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Ricardo Darín), and Actress (Muriel Santa Ana), Un cuento chino begins with a cow falling from the skies somewhere in China. Back in Argentina, bitter and methodic Roberto (Darín) evades Mari’s (Santa Ana) cheery attempts to win his heart. One day, Roberto is pulled out of his daily routine when he sees Jun, who doesn’t speak a word of Spanish, being expelled from a taxi. Reluctantly, Roberto lodges Jun in his house and, only after a series of incidents, he both learns the dramatic story of Jun’s life and comes to terms with his own pain.
Award-winning actor Ricardo Darín began his acting career on stage and television at a young age. A popular soap opera star in the 70s and 80s, Darín devoted an equal amount of time to his other passion, film, appearing in such movies as Adolfo Aristarain’s La carpa del amor (1979) and La playa del amor (1980) and Juan Carlos Desanzo’s Deadly Revenge (1983). He is considered the face of the New Argentinean cinema that has exploded in the last two decades, having appeared in such critically acclaimed movies as Fabian Bielinsky’s Nine Queens (2000) and The Aura (2005), Juan Jose Campanella’s The Son of the Bride (2001) and his Academy Award®-winning The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), and Pablo Trapero’s Carancho (2010).
One of Argentina’s most successful TV producers, Sebastián Borensztein made his feature filmmaking debut in 2005 with the comedy La Suerte Está Echada (The Die Is Cast). He co-wrote and directed the thriller Sin memoria (2010) starring Martha Higareda and Emilio Echeverria and released by Lionsgate Entertainment and Grupo Televisa.
Tickets for Closing Night/Tribute to Argentina are $75 general admission/ $65 for ILCC members. Admission includes a special film screening and reception offering food, libations and live entertainment. Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged. Tickets are available for purchase at LatinoCulturalCenter.org or by calling (312) 431-1330.
The 28th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will be taking place April 13_26 and will feature over 140 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 or Spanish subtitles. The audience will also have the opportunity to participate in discussions with local and visiting filmmakers after most of the screenings. Other than the Special Events, the Festival will be held at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema (31 E. Ohio St.) and the Instituto Cervantes (31 E. Ohio St.).
The 28th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival was made possible by the generous contributions of sponsors and their continued commitment to the Latino arts in Chicago:
Platinum: American Airlines – Official Airline, Telemundo/NBC Chicago, and Univision Chicago
Gold: Chicago Latino Network, Chicago Tribune and Hoy, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), JCDecaux, La Raza, Verizon Wireless, Victoria, and WTTW 11 Chicago Public Media
Silver: DePaul University, DHL – Official Express Delivery Provider, EC Charro Tequila, Lapiz, PGC Group – Official Printer, and Titan
Bronze: AARP, Baker & McKenzie, Chicago Reader, Chicago White Sox, Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, Egeda Filmotech, Gozamos, Hispanic Executive, Lopez & Co, Mega 95.5, Coors, Prado & Renteria, State Farm Insurance, Tampico, Tristan & Cervantes, UNAM – USA Chicago and Valoramas.
Additional support provided by: The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, City Arts grant – City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Illinois Arts Council – a state agency, and Nordstrom.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In 1985, the Chicago Latino Film Festival began with 14 films projected onto a concrete wall for 500 viewers, and has now grown into the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) of Chicago, a premiere cultural organization. The ILCC is a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. Imperative to the ILCC mission is to increase cultural opportunities for the Latino community, as well as, create a cultural dialogue amongst Latinos and non-Latinos to discuss universal cross-cultural experiences.
The Chicago Latino Film Festival is produced by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.