The April 11th Closing Night Gala/Celebrating Colombia event begins at 5:30 pm

at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, 322 E. Illinois St., and concludes

with a post-screening reception at Chez

CHICAGO (March 12, 2019) – The 35th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) announced today the selection of Rodrigo Triana’s new comedy El Reality for their Closing Night Gala/Celebrating Colombia event, Thursday, April 11 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the event will conclude with a post-screening reception at Chez, 247 E. Ontario. Director Rodrigo Triana will be present at the event.

Tickets for Closing Night are $60 general / $50 for ILCC members. Admission includes the film screening and reception. Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged. Tickets can be purchased online at or on CLFF’s Facebook page ( The Closing Night/Celebrating Colombia gala is sponsored by Corona Extra and Casa Noble.

Rodrigo Triana, winner of the 23rd Chicago Latino Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award in 2007 for his comedy A Ton of Luck, returns to Chicago with this hilarious satire of such reality talent shows as The Voice and American Idol. Born with a silver spoon, Camilo discovers his passion for singing and pop music while studying abroad. It will be hard to convince his family that he wants to pursue a career in the music industry, though. So, he and a friend concoct a scheme: in order to audition in Colombia’s most popular talent reality show, Camilo will pretend to be blind and poor and hire a humble and charming family to pass off as his own family. But life is not a reality show.

“With El Reality, Rodrigo once again uses comedy as a vehicle to deliver a stunning critique of classism and fame. El Reality may take place in Colombia but the universal appeal of these reality shows is undeniable. It will make you laugh but it will also give you some food for thought,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

Rodrigo Triana, son of legendary Colombian film director Jorge Alí Triana (I Am Bolivar, Oedipus Mayor), studied film and television production with an emphasis on scriptwriting and directing in Argentina as well as in his native Colombia. After working as an assistant director in Oedipus Mayor and as director of several multi-episode series, Rodrigo made his feature directing debut in 2002 with Como el gato y el ratón (Like Cat and Mouse), followed by Soñar no cuesta nada (A Ton of Luck) in 2006. Television has kept him busy these past 12 years; Rodrigo has helmed some of the most popular mini-series in his home country, among them Pasión de gavilanes and Comando elite. Rodrigo returned to the big screen last year with two productions: La pena máxima (Penalty Kick) as well as our Closing Night film. He is currently co-directing El Barón, Telemundo’s new action mini-series about Mexican drug trafficker Ignacio “Nacho” Montero.

The 35th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will take place March 28 – April 11 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 35th 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, AMC Independent

Silver: BMO Harris Bank, Copa Airlines, DePaul University, Tequila Casa Noble, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Whitehall Hotel and Yes! Press

Bronze: Allstate, Coca-Cola, Consulate General of Chile in Chicago, Dominican Republic Tourism Office in Chicago, Illinois Lottery, Lopez & Co, Norwegian American Hospital Foundation, Prado & Renteria and Tristan & Cervantes

Media Sponsors: CAN-TV, Chicago Latino Network, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, Cine Latino, La Raza, Mike Oquendo Events, NBC Chicago, Telemundo Chicago, Univision Chicago and WTTW-TV


The Chicago Latino Film Festival receives additional support from: The Reva and David Logan Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, The National Endowment for the Arts, 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 14th edition in the Fall; Film in the Parks, also in its 14th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 11th 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.