By Indiewire | Indiewire July 13, 2004 at 2:00AM
NY Latino Fest to Open 5th Annual Event with "Argentina"
by Sandra Ogle
The fifth annual New York International Latino Film Festival will kick off on July 27th at the United Artists Union Square Theatre in Manhattan with the U.S. premiere of "Imagining Argentina," starring Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, and Ruben Blades. The film, directed by Christopher Hampton, focuses on a family living under Argentina's oppressive military dictatorship during the 1970s. Over 60 films, including several U.S. and world premieres, will be screened at this year's festival, which runs through August 1st.
Lisa Swensen's "Mission Movie," about San Francisco's diverse Mission District, will have its world premiere on Saturday, July 31st. "107 Street," Antonio De La Cruz's film consisting of three vignettes set in New York City -- "The Domino Players," "The Secret Miracle," and "Point of View" -- will also have its world premiere at the festival on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Rodrigo Bellot's film "Sexual Dependency" will have its New York premiere. The film, which takes place in Bolivia and the U.S., focuses on five teenagers discovering their sexuality.
Other films that will have their New York premieres include: "Nicotina," starring Deigo Luna, Tadeo Garcia's Chicago-set "On the Downlow," and Benno Schoberth's "Shelter." Also, this year's Urban Brazilian Cinema showcase will feature screenings of "Lives of Rhyme," "The Middle of the World," and "The Man of the Year."
"With the support of our partners, the festival will continue to provide Latino filmmakers the opportunity to highlight the diversity of our culture on film. Over the past five years, we have built a solid reputation for being a platform to showcase Latino filmmakers and Latino film, and this year's offering is our strongest and most diverse," said festival executive director Calixto Chinchilla in a prepared statement.
The festival will also have panel discussions, educational forums, and other special events, including the festival's Vanguard readings, performed by Latino playwrights and artists, and Dominican Night on Thursday, which will feature screenings of shorts by emerging filmmakers. The festival's new On the Edge showcase will feature three films that aim to provoke audiences -- "The Starseed Incident," "The Pullover: The Life and Dreams of Youth in Cuba," and Heliosa Cardoso's "Animality."
The festival will close out with "Boricua," Marisol Torres' debut feature film about four young Puerto Ricans, which also screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in May. All films, with the exception of "Imagining Argentina," will be screened at Florence Gould Hall or at the Lighthouse in Manhattan.
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