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iW NEWS | “Trade” and “Cantante” Bookend 8th NY Latino Int’l Film Fest

iW NEWS | "Trade" and "Cantante" Bookend 8th NY Latino Int'l Film Fest

Marco Kreuzpaintner‘s “Trade” will open the eighth annual New York International Latino Film Festival, taking place July 24 – 29 at several Manhattan locations. The Roadside Attractions film, starring Kate Del Castillo and Kevin Kline, focuses on a 13 year-old girl from Mexico City, Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) who is kidnapped by sex traffickers, setting into motion her 17 year-old brother Jorge’s desperate mission to save her. With both domestic and international feature films in this year’s line up, NYILFF will showcase more than 80 narrative films, documentaries, and shorts at this year’s event. The Picturehouse release “El Cantante,” directed by Leon Ichaso and starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, wraps up the festival as its closing night feature. The film is the dramatic biography of Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe. “Cantante” follows Lavoe’s (Anthony) passionate relationship with Puchi (Lopez) and his quick ascent to international fame. NYILFF premieres include Alejandro Gomez Monteverde‘s “Bella,” Brian Cox‘s “El Muerto,” and Alfredo de Villa‘s “Adrift in Manhattan.” For more information and a full roster, visit the festival’s website. [Brian Brooks]

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