CHICAGO (March 12, 2018) – The 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) announces the Chicago Premiere of Santiago Mitre’s The Summit for its Closing Night gala film. The Festival is also proud to announce that award-winning actor Ricardo Darín will receive the Gloria Career Achievement Award at the event. Closing Night/Honoring Ricardo Darín will take place Thursday, April 19 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.

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

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Ricardo to Chicago and to our Festival. From Nine Queens to The Summit, Ricardo has consistently delivered some of world cinema’s most memorable performances in films that are now considered landmarks. With this award we are not only honoring his impeccable taste in projects, professionalism and sheer talent but also his desire to build bridges across Latin America and Spain through his work as an actor,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

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.

Darín leads an all-star cast (Dolores Fonzi, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Alfredo Castro, Paulina García, and Christian Slater, among others) in Santiago Mitre’s highly charged thriller where politics and family collide. Recently elected president Hernán Blanco (Darín in a role tailor-made for him) flies from Buenos Aires to Chile to participate in a presidential summit that would establish a regional South American oil entity. When his troubled daughter’s ex-husband blackmails his administration, Blanco decides to bring her to the summit where she can be taken care of by a psychiatrist. His daughter’s mental state deteriorates as the behind closed doors dealing and wheeling intensifies.

“As a scriptwriter and now author of his own films, Santiago Mitre has created some of the most thought-provoking, dramatically ambitious Argentinean films of the last decade. The Summit is both epic and intimate; it is an intelligent dissection of global politics and extraordinarily current given the recent debates around trade and tariffs,” added Vargas.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1980, Santiago Mitre made his filmmaking debut in 2004 as the co-writer and co-director of El amor: Primera Parte. He worked alongside with Pablo Trapero as a co-author of Lion’s Den, which was presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, Carancho (2010) and White Elephant (2012; both competed in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section). In 2011, he founded the production company La Unión de los Ríos. Through it he co-produced The Student, which received Special Jury Prize at Locarno, Best Film at Gijón, and Cartagena and Best Photography at the BAFICI. His second feature, Paulina (2015) won the Grand Prix at Cannes’ Critics Week and the International Critics’ (FIPRESCI) prize. It received 10 nominations for the Premio Sur awards, Argentina’s equivalent to the Oscars, where Dolores Fonzi won the award for Best Actress.

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.


Ricardo Darín was born in Buenos Aires in 1957. He landed his first roles on Argentine television at the age of 16. He then pursued a career in the theatre during the eighties. His growing success led him naturally to film, where he became a major figure thanks to Fabián Bielinsky’s Nine Queens. He went on to appear in Juan José Campanella’s Son of the Bride, which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film in 2002 as was his third collaboration with Campanella, The Secret in their Eyes (which went on to win the Oscar). Other films include Fernando Trueba’s The Dancer and the Thief (2009), Pablo Trapero’s Carancho (2010) and White Elephant (2012), Sebastián Borensztein’s Chinese Take-Out (2011) and Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales (2014). He has been nominated twice for the Best Actor Goya – the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars – finally winning the award for his role in Cesc Gay’s Truman (2015).


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.