Billed as Night of Puerto Rico, the gala will also feature the World Premiere of Ivonne Coll’s (Jane the Virgin) and Javier Colón Rios’ short From Now On. The event will take place at the AMC River East 21.

CHICAGO (February 27, 2018) – The 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) announces the selection of Raúl Marchand Sánchez’s new comedy Broche de Oro: Beginnings (Broche de Oro: Comienzos) and of Ivonne Coll’s and Javier Colón Rios’ short film From Now On as their Opening Night/Night of Puerto Rico gala films. Broche de Oro: Beginnings is making its U.S. Premiere at the Festival and From Now On the World Premiere. The event will take place Thursday, April 5 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude with a post-screening reception at Chez, 247 E. Ontario. Coll, in town for Teatro Vista’s upcoming Rolling World Premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker’s play Las madres, and Marchand Sánchez will attend the gala.

Tickets for Opening Night are $60 general / $50 for ILCC members. Admission includes the film screening and reception. Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged. Tickets for Opening Night can be purchased online at or on CLFF’s Facebook page ( Opening Night is sponsored by Corona Extra and Casa Noble and catered by St. Augustine College/Culinary Arts Program.

“Pure heart: these two words define the essence of Raúl’s new film, Broche de Oro: Beginnings. Its distinctive sense of humor, its humanity, and most importantly, its Puerto Rican-ness shines through each frame. This is more than a prequel: it’s a song to life, to solidarity, to new beginnings and that is why we chose it to open this 34th edition of our Festival,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

“In programming Ivonne’s short alongside Raúl’s film, we want to celebrate the continuing vitality of Puerto Rican cinema and the strength and courage of a country that is currently facing one of its worst crises in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and María,” Vargas added.

In the hilarious and touching prequel to Puerto Rico’s box office smash hit “Broche de Oro,” we learn how the naughty trio of Rafael, Pablo and Anselmo became best friends. Rafael (Jacobo Morales) reluctantly accepts to be sent to a nursing home by his son after his wife’s death. There he meets Pablo (Diego de la Texera), a man with delusions of being a Don Juan, and hypochondriac Anselmo (a riotous turn from Adrián García). With the help of a trio of women nicknamed “The Greeks” (Charytín Goyco, Georgina Borri y Noelia Crespo), they liven up what would otherwise be a routinary existence. The rare prequel that works as a stand-alone story, “Broche de Oro: Beginnings” far surpasses the original in its wit and poignancy.

In From Now On, two middle age women (Coll and Ofelia Medina), stop by along the Malibu Coast, on their way to Northern California. They have done something momentous today; a phone message will reveal to the audience the life changing decision they have made.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and a graduate from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Raúl Marchand Sánchez made his feature film debut with the revolutionary 12 Hours (2001), winner of the Audience Choice award at the 18th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival and Puerto Rico’s official entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He also co-edited the Héctor Lavoe biopic El Cantante directed by León Ichaso and starring Jennifer López and Marc Anthony. Other films include: Atraco a las 3 y Media (2003), Bala Perdida (2003), Manuela y Manuel (2007), Broche de Oro (2012) and OVNI (2016); most of his films have been official selections of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

Ivonne Coll (is an award-winning theater, television, and film actress from Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Her film debut as redheaded Yolanda in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather II helped her discover her passion for acting, becoming one of the first Latina actresses to cross over and work consistently in Hollywood. Her award-winning variety show in Puerto Rico, Una Chica Llamada Ivonne Coll (A Girl Called Ivonne Coll) (1972-74) provided the perfect opportunity to showcase her many talents, which included singing, dancing and acting. Coll had the fortune of training in drama with, among others, Lee Strasberg, comedy with Lucille Ball and musical theater with David Craig. Broadway credits include Tony Award Nominated Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare on Broadway productions of MacbethRomeo & JulietAs You Like It, and Goodbye Fidel. Regional theater performances include playing the title role in Mother Courage at Berkley Repertory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse and the 2004 production of Electricidad at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. She won the People’s Choice Award for her performance as Alba, the grandmother, in Jane The Virgin and was nominated to Golden Globe for the same series, and the Jefferson Award as Best Supporting Actress (Electricidad).

The 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will take place April 5-19 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. 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 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival is made possible by the generous contributions of the following sponsors and their continued commitment to Latino arts in Chicago:


Corona Extra, AMC Independent


Tequila Casa Noble, BMO Harris Bank, The Whitehall Hotel, Yes! Press and DePaul University


Coca-Cola, Consulate General of the Argentine Republic, Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, St. Augustine College, Copa Airlines, Lopez & Co, Prado & Renteria, and Tristan & Cervantes

Media Sponsors:

Univision Chicago, HOY/Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, WTTW-TV, CAN-TV, Chicago Latino Network and La Raza.


The Chicago Latino Film Festival receives additional support from: The Reva and David Logan Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Chicago Community Trust, Nordstrom, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council — a State Agency, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.


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 13th edition in the Fall; Film in the Parks, also in its 13th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 10th 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.