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Chicago Latino Fest Kicks Off On April 17th

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire March 25, 1998 at 2:0AM

Chicago Latino Fest Kicks Off On April 17th
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Chicago Latino Fest Kicks Off On April 17th

by Mark Rabinowitz




The 14th Chicago Latino Film Festival rolls on April 17th and concludes
April 27th, featuring a line-up of approximately 50 feature films,
sidebars, tributes and panels, highlighting the films of Latin America,
Spain, Portugal and the U.S. Opening night of the fest will feature
Carlos Diegues' "Tieta From Agreste" from Brazil, while "El Dedo en la
Llaga
" ("The Salt in the Wound") by Alberto Lecchi closes the event on
April 27th, along with an award presentation to Mexican director Matilde
Landeta. The festival expects an attendance of about 30,000, with
attendance growing approximately 10% over last year's edition.


Among the sidebars and tributes presented at this year's go-round are
the inaugural Women in Film sidebar, a program designed to increase
awareness of women, and Latinas in particular, in the film industry. The
lineup features five films and a symposium at Columbia College. The
films in the Women in Film sidebar include the U.S. premiere of Manane
Rodriguez's "Portrait of a Woman with a Man in the Background" ("Retrato
de Mujer con Hombre al Fondo
") from Spain, Pilar Miro's "El Pajaro de la
Felicidad
" ("The Bird of Happiness") from Spain, "Doce Poderes" ("Sweet
Powers
" by Brazil's Lucia Murat, Mexico's "Entre Pancho Villa y una
Mujer Desnuda
" ("Between Panco Villa and a Naked Woman") by Sabina
Berman and Isabelle Tardan and "Vocessitas" from Kim Flores and Mike
Swenson from the U.S. Also screening at this year's event is Stuart
Gordon's "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" starring Edward James Olmos and
Joe Mantegna. Gordon co-founded the Organic Theater of Chicago, where he
directed the theatrical premiere of David Mamet's play, "Sexual
Perversity in Chicago" (later filmed as "About Last Night" starring Rob
Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins.)


Another sidebar at the festival is The Jewish Experience in
Ibero-America, it features five films, including Jom Tob Azulay's "The
Jew
," from Portugal; Sundance pic "Un Crisantemo Estalla en
Cincoesquinas
" ("A Chrysanthemum Bursts at Cincoesquinas") by Daniel
Burman from Argentina, and Mexico's "Un Beso a Esta Tierra" ("A Kiss to
This Land
") by Daniel Goldberg.


U.S. premieres at this year's fest include: "Gracias por la Propina"
("Thank You for the Tip") by Francesc Bellmunt (Spain), "Parella de
Tres
" ("Couple of Three") by Antoni Verdaguer (Spain), "Cosas que Deje
en La Habana
" ("Things That I Left in Havana") by Manuel Gutierrez
Aragon (Spain) and "La Voz del Corazon" ("The Voice of the Heart") by
Carlos Oteyza (Venezuela).


The festival is produced by Chicago Latino Cinema in cooperation with
Columbia College. For information and tickets, call: (312) 431-1330