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US & International Premieres Set for NY International Latino Film Festival

Indiewire By Brian Brooks | Indiewire July 22, 2011 at 7:51AM

A domestic and international lineup is on tap for the 12th edition of the New York International Latino Film Festival, kicking off with "Cinema Under the Stars," a free outdoor screening on Monday, August 15 at St. Nicholas Park/135th St. and launches officially with its Opening Night red carpet event on Tuesday, August 16.
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A domestic and international lineup is on tap for the 12th edition of the New York International Latino Film Festival, kicking off with "Cinema Under the Stars," a free outdoor screening on Monday, August 15 at St. Nicholas Park/135th St. and launches officially with its Opening Night red carpet event on Tuesday, August 16.

The festival will host a star-studded guest list including Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Jennifer Exposito, Danny Glover Richard Englund, Tom Sizemore, Tony Plana and more at the event taking place August 15 - 21. NYLIFF will feature 100 features, documentaries and short films in English and Spanish as well as panels, live music performances and an industry networking lounge.

Highlighted domestic and international features follow with descriptions and credits provided by the festival

Domestic Features:

"Blacktino," writer/director Aaron Burns
An honest and hilarious look at the high school life of a bi-racial computer nerd and his friends.
New York Premiere 90 Min.

"Carmen G," directed by Daniel Reyes Llinas and Pierangeli Llinas
A 30-year old doctor cares for a patient he doesn’t know is his own mother.
World Premiere 96 Min.

"The Custom Mary," writer/director Matt Dennerstick
When a spec of Christ's blood falls into the hands of a pair of preachers, they hatch a scheme to clone Jesus. All they need is a willing host.
World Premiere 91 Min.

"G.W.B." (George Washington Bridge), writer/director Jonathan Ullman
In the shadow of the George Washington Bridge, a pair of Dominican brothers find themselves in a fight for survival as they try to outrun a ruthless drug kingpin.
World Premiere 90 Min.

"I Want to be a Soldier," Christian Molina
As 8 year-old Alex starts to have communication problems with his parents, he invents two imaginary friends.

"Magic City Memoirs," writer/director Aaron J. Salgado
Three rich Miami kids face the night of their lives as their lives hang in the balance.
New York Premiere 97 Min.

"Mamitas," writer/director Nicholas Ozeki
Jordin forms a bond baby-sit her awkward and unattractive cousin, Felipa.
New York Premiere 90 Min.

"Maria My Love," writer/director Jasmine McGlade Chazelle
Ana finds herself in an emotionally complex relationship that reveals some uncomfortable truths about herself.
99 Min.

"Santiago," writer/director Felix Martiz
Santiago is a drug dealer who agrees to let Miguel, a Mexican actor, follow and study him for his next role.
78 Min./HD

"White Knight," writer/director Jesse Baget
Leroy Lowe, grand dragon of the Texas Ku Klux Klan, confronts everything he’s been taught to hate when he’s sentenced to three years of hard labor on a prison work farm.
New York Premiere 90 Min.

International Features:

"Aballay, El Homebre Sin Miedo" (Aballay, the Man without Fear), directed by Fernando Spiner
Aballay is a bitter cowboy gaucho with a fearsome reputation as a bloodthirsty killer. His past sins are now coming for him.
U.S. Premiere – Argentina/Spain – 100 Min.

"Orillas" (Shores), directed by Pablo Cesar
Shantas is a young delinquent living in a sheet-metal house in one of the biggest shantytowns of Argentina, surviving via petty theft.
World Premiere – Argentina – 96 Min.

"Capsulas" (Capsules), writer/director/producer Veronica Riedel
Fonsi is 12-years-old, already creative, clever -- and restless. Living with his mother and her troubled boyfriend, he wants nothing more than to be reunited with his father.
NY Premiere – Guatemala – 92 Min.

"Asalto Al Cine" (The Cinema Hold-Up), writer/directors Iria Gómez Concheiro and Juan Pablo Gómez
Bored teenagers in Mexico’s Colonia Guerrero decide to rob the local cinema.
NY Premiere – Mexico – 90 Min.

"Postales Colombianas" (Colombian Postcards), writer/director Ricardo Coral
A trio of well-heeled Colombian intellectual femenists are approached by a trio of seemingly normal-looking gentleman, little do they know that these men will end up being their executioners.World Premiere – Colombia – 94 Min.

"Un Dia de Sol" (A Day in the Sun), writer/director/producer Rafael Tres
Sol is a 17-year-old girl whose true passion is playing soccer. Along the way, she must face the prejudices of society and her own father.
NY Premiere – Guatemala – 77 Min.

"Drama," directed by Matias Lira
Three young theater students, influenced by the acting technique of French theorist Antonin Artaud, begin to experiment with their own lives.
World Premiere – Chile – 80 Min.

"Adios Mundo Cruel" (Good bye Cruel World), directed by Jack Zagha Kababie
Angel is an honest accountant who loses his job and is forced into a life of crime.
NY Premiere – Mexico – 90 Min.

"Cartas A Elena" (Letters to Elena), directed by Martin Barajas
In the beautiful hills of Chihuahua, young Emilio and his father, Teo, write and deliver the letters that make the villagers happy.
World Premiere – Mexico – 115 Min.

"Postales" (Postcards), writer/director Josh Hyde
In the ancient cobblestone streets of Cuzco, Peru, a postcard-selling street kid encounters love with an American girl.
U.S. Premiere – Peru – 80 Min.

"Prometeo Deportado" (Deporting Prometeo), directed by Oderay Game
In the airport of some Western nation, a group of Ecuadorians are pulled out of line and arrested. Prometeo’s magic maybe the only way out.
World Premiere – Ecuador – 112 Min.

"El Regreso" (The Return), writer/director Hernan Jimenez
After a decade of living in New York, Antonio returns to his native Costa Rica and events force him to stay.
World Premiere – Costa Rica – 90 Min.

"El Regreso de Lencho" (The Return of Lencho), writer/director mario Rosales
After 10 years struggling in New York, Lencho is back in Guatemala, eager to bring artistic expression to his home country silenced by over 30 years of terror.
World Premiere – Guatemala – 110 Min.

"Camino Julio" (Road July), writer/director Gasper Gomez
The mother of Santiago’s daughter died and he is forced to become a father and a man.
World Premiere – Argentina – 88 Min.

"Te Creis La Mas Linda (Pero Eris La Mas Puta)" [You Think You Are the Prettiest (But You Are the Sluttiest)], writer/director Che Sandoval
A teenage would-be Lothario learns the hard way that sometimes, the girls own the boys.
NY Premiere – Chile – 89 Min.

[For a full lineup, visit NYILFF's website]





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