TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, ISSA LÓPEZ’S TERRIFYING GUILLERMO DEL TORO-APPROVED FAIRY TALE, WINS THE 34TH CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL’S AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURe
MY NAME IS PEDRO AND CEASE GAME WIN THE AUDIENCE CHOICE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY AND BEST SHORT FILM, RESPECTIVELY
CHICAGO (April 25, 2018) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announces the winners and runner-ups of the 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF)’s Audience Choice Awards in the Feature, Shorts and Documentary categories. Even though CLFF is a non-competitive festival, since 1993 the public has had the opportunity to vote for their favorite film in several categories and presents them with the Audience Choice Award.
The winners are:
- Feature: Tigers Are not Afraid/Vuelven (Mexico; Director: Issa López): Stephen King tweeted “this is one terrific film, both tough and touching.” And none other than Guillermo del Toro declared it one of the ten best films of 2017. Winner of Best Director at Fantastic Fest and five awards at Screamfest (including Best Picture) and nominated this week to 10 Ariel Awards (Mexico’s equivalent to the Oscars), including Best Director and Best Original Script, Issa López’s stunning third feature tells the story of Estrella who, followed by the ghost of her mother, who was presumably killed by a local cartel, joins a gang of children, themselves orphaned by Mexico’s drug violence. Supernatural forces will come to their help when the cartel targets them.
- Second Place: American Curious (Mexico; Director: Gabylu Lara)
- Third Place: Looking for a Boyfriend…For My Wife / Se Busca Novio Para Mi Mujer (Chile; Director: Diego Rougier)
- Documentary: My Name is Pedro (USA; Director: Lillian LaSalle): My Name is Pedro tells the exceptional story of Pedro Santana, one of the most influential public school teachers and administrators in the New York public school system. Charismatic and compassionate, he is unapologetic in his commitment to create change for kids, no matter the odds. He faces his biggest challenge when he is appointed Assistant Superintendent of a school district largely made of Hasidic Jewish families. Combining animation with testimonies and live action footage, Lillian LaSalle paints a compelling portrait of an educator who was an unstoppable force.
- Second Place: Nuyorican Básquet (Puerto Rico; Directors: Ricardo Olivero Lora and Julio César Torres)
- Third Place: If I Die First / Si yo muero primero (Ecuador; Director: Rodolfo Muñoz)
- Shorts: Cease Game / Alto el juego (Uruguay; Director: Walter Tournier): In this animated short, a boy and a dog try to protect themselves, in the middle of a war. This is a game that is not so innocent.
- Second Place: The Robbery / El atraco (Spain; Director: Alfonso Díaz)
- Third Place: Unlucky’s Luck / La suerte del salao (Colombia; Director: Felipe Holguin)
The 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival was held April 5-19 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. The 35th edition will be held next spring; actual dates will be announced soon.
The 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival was made possible by the generous contributions of the following sponsors and their continued commitment to Latino arts in Chicago:
Gold: Corona Extra, AMC Independent
Silver: Tequila Casa Noble, BMO Harris Bank, The Whitehall Hotel, Yes! Press and DePaul University
Bronze: Ford, 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.
ABOUT THE ILCC
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 anniversary in the Fall; Film in the Parks, also in its 13th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 10th year; and many other programs.
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.