The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago established the Gloria Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 to recognize individuals and institutions that have significantly contributed to the development of the Latino community, both in Chicago and across the globe.
“Gloria represents a woman in a state of glory,” says Spanish artist Juan José Eguizábal, who created the Gloria. “Glory being the pinnacle of success and splendor, the highest recognition of excellence. Gloria represents the pureness of the moment.”
2013 Gloria Award Recipient
Born 1965 in Havana, Cuba, Jorge Perugorria began his acting career in 1984, starring in numerous plays during a 10-year period at the Teatro Clásico Universal and Teatro Popular Cubano. In 1993, he burst onto the big screen with the movie “Strawberry and Chocolate,” nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, playing the character of Diego, a performance for which he received numerous acting awards and which opened the doors to an international career.
He has appeared in more than fifty films shot in Cuba, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Puerto Rico and Argentina, including “Guantanamera”, “Oedipus Mayor”, “Things I Left in Havana”, “Honey for Oshun”, “Barrio Cuba”, “Che” and “The Horn of Plenty. He currently stars in the television series “Lynch”, filmed in Colombia and Argentina.
As a visual artist his paintings have been exhibited since 2001 in Spain, Italy, New York and Cuba.
In 2003 he made his directing debut with the documentary “Havana Abierta” followed by “Santiago y la Virgen en la Fiesta del Fuego”, “Ni Fresa, ni Chocolate”, “Al Fin Solos” y “La Más Hermosa Cosa del Mundo”; he also directed the music videos for Jose Maria Vitier’s DVDs “Iré Habana” and “Pulso” as well as the music video for “Epistolario del Subdesarrollo” included in Silvio Rodriguez’s CD “Erase que se era”.
Perugorria made his feature-film directing debut alongside “Strawberry and Chocolate” co-star Vladimir Cruz with “Affinities” in 2009. In 2010 he wrote and directed his second film, “Chronic Love” followed by “For Sale” in 2011, winner of the Audience Choice Award at last year’s Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana.
The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago is proud to present Jorge Perugorria with the Gloria Career Achievement Award in recognition of his multifaceted career and his commitment to culture.
Recipients of past Gloria Awards include
Ignacio López Tarso
Puerto Rican actress
Mexican film director
Cuban film director
Official Airline of the International Latino Cultural Center
Brazilian film director
Argentine film director
Puerto Rican film director
Richard M. Daley
Chicago Mayor (1989-2011)
Peruvian film director
Mexican film actor
Audience Choice Award
This is your chance to vote for your favorite film! Since 1993, one film has been chosen by festival-goers to receive the Audience Choice Award. The winner of this publicly recognized and sought-after award is solely determined by enthusiastic festival attendees.
In order to vote, simply pick up your ballot at any screening (they are available at each screening). You may submit them to the CLFF ushers present at the end of each film screening.
Past winners include:
9th Film Festival (1993)
Novia que te vea / Bride to Be
Mexico, 1993, 115 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Guita Schyfter
10th Film Festival (1994)
El lado oscuro del corazón / The Dark Side of the Heart
Argentina, 1992, 126 min.
Written & directed by/ Guión y dirección: Eliseo Subiela
11th Film Festival (1995)
La estrategeia del caracol / The Strategy of the Snail
Colombia, 1993, 116 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Sergio Cabrera.
12th Film Festival (1996)
Los peores años de nuestra vida / The Worst Years of Our Lives
Spain, 1994, 107 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Emilio Martínez-Lázaro
13th Film Festival (1997)
El dedo en la llaga / The Salt in the Wound
Argentina-Spain, 1996, 115 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Alberto Lecchi
14th Film Festival (1998)
Plaza de almas / Soul’s Square
Argentina, 1997, 100 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Fernando Díaz
15th Film Festival (1999)
Lágrimas negras / Black Tears
Cuba-Netherlands, 1997, 75 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Sonia Herman Dolz
16th Film Festival (2000)
El chacotero sentimental / The Sentimental Teaser
Chile, 1999, 90 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Christian Gálaz García
17th Film Festival (2001)
Por la libre / Dust to Dust
Mexico, 2000, 96 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Juan Carlos De Llaca
18th Film Festival (2002)
Doce horas / 12 Hours
Puerto Rico, 2000, 89 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Raúl Marchand Sánchez
19th Film Festival (2003)
Balseros / Cuban Rafters
Cuba-Spain, 2002, 120 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Carles Bosh and Joseph M. Domenech
20th Film Festival (2004)
Amar te duele / Love Hurts
Mexico, 2002, 105 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Fernando Sariñana
21st Film Festival (2005)
Mojado: el documental indocumentado / Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary
Canada-Central America, 2004, 93 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Arturo Pérez Torres
22nd Film Festival (2006)
El evangelista / The Evangelist
USA-Chicago, 2005, 90 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Juan D. Zavaleta.
23rd Film Festival (2007)
Soñar no cuesta nada / A Ton of Luck
Colombia, 2006, 96 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Rodrigo Triana.
24th Film Festival (2008)
Pretendiendo / Ugly Me
Chile, 2006, 118 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Claudio Dabed
25th Film Festival (2009)
Que parezca un accidente / Make it Look Like an Accident
Spain, 2008, 95 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Gerardo Herrero
26th Film Festival (2010)
Contracorriente / Undertow
Peru, 2009, 100 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Javier Fuentes-León
27th Film Festival (2011)
Argentina, 2010, 104 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Marcos Carnevale
28th Film Festival (2012)
La otra familia / The Other Family
Mexico, 2011, 135 min.
Directed by / Dirección: Gustavo Loza