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Chicago Latino Film Festival 

The sixth annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival runs from Friday, September 28, through Sunday, October 7. Apart from the opening night screening--which will be held at the First Chicago Center Theater, First National Bank of Chicago, 1 S. Dearborn--screenings will be held at the Three Penny Cinema, 2424 N. Lincoln; at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; and at the Roberto Clemente High School auditorium, 1147 N. Western. Ticket prices per program, apart from opening night, are $6 for adults; $4 for students, senior citizens, and handicapped persons; and $3 for Facets and Chicago Latino Cinema members. Tickets for opening night (which includes a reception at 5:30 and cocktails after the feature) are $25, $15 for CLC members. Festival passes are $70, $40 for CLC members; group discounts are also available. For information call 751-3419, 431-1330, or 663-1600, ext. 317.


LAST IMAGES OF THE SHIPWRECK See Critic's Choice. (First Chicago Center Theater, 7:00)


LIZARDS' TALES Written and directed by Juan Carlos Bustamante, this Chilean feature set in northern Chile consists of three sketches that explore the effects of a totalitarian regime on families and individuals (1989). (Three Penny, 3:00)

LAST IMAGES OF THE SHIPWRECK See Critic's Choice. (Three Penny, 6:30)

THE LEGEND OF THE PRIEST FROM BARGOTA Spanish filmmaker Pedro Olea's adaptation of a Spanish legend about a mysterious priest who proves to be the devil's son. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:30)

HOPE This Mexican-Soviet production--directed by Sergio Olhovich, who will be present at the screening--follows the adventures of a young Russian emigre. who flees the Russian Revolution and settles in Mexico City, where he works as a miner, piano tutor, and petroleum engineer (1987). (Three Penny, 7:00)

FIRE CIRCLE A Brazilian feature by Geraldo Rocha Moraes, who will be present at the screening, about the political conflicts that emerge in a small Brazilian town between the mayor and market workers after one of the workers is murdered. (Three Penny, 9:00)

PUERTO RICAN SHORTS A program that includes two narrative films--Noel Quinones's The Bell, and Kevin McCarey's San Juan Story--Paco Lopez's animated short The Owl's Feathers (1989), and Sonia Fritz Macias's documentary about graphic artist Myrna Baez, The Mirrors of Silence (1989). (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

PATAKIN A musical comedy from Cuba that weaves dance numbers and ideological lessons into a story of two boyhood buddies, one a womanizing city dweller and the other a desperately romantic tractor driver. Manuel Octavio Gomez directed (1983). (DK) (Three Penny, 9:30)


COMING ALIVE A Cuban feature by Torres about an obstetrician-gynecologist who can solve his patients' sexual problems but not his own (1989). On the same program, Irene Lopez Kuchilan's Cuban short, You Speak as if You Knew Me (1989). (Three Penny, 3:00)

ANDER AND YUL Ana Diez--an apprentice of Luis Bunuel--cowrote and directed this feature about the return of a man to the Basque region where he grew up, and the social and political conflicts that await him. Diez will be present. (Three Penny, 6:00)

BURNING PATIENCE A Chilean feature (Ardiente paciencia) by Antonio Skarmeta that focuses on the friendship between a young postman who lives in a small fishing village and the poet Pablo Neruda (1983). Actress Marcela Osorio will be present at the screening. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)

FIRE CIRCLE See listing under Saturday, September 29. (Three Penny, 6:30)

THE TIGRESS Camilo Luzuriaga--who along with actress Lissette Cabrera will introduce this screening--wrote and directed this feature from Ecuador about three orphaned sisters who live together in a jungle and the men they become sexually involved with. (Three Penny, 8:30)

HOPE See listing under Saturday, September 29. (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:30)

ON THE AIR The subject of this Cuban feature by Pastor Vega is the political education and newly found romance of a young journalist who takes a job at a small-town radio station in the mountains (1988). (Three Penny, 9:00)


SHORTS #1 At Risk from the U.S., Albert Pastor's First Video Project from the U.S., and Plena Is Work, Plena Is Song from Puerto Rico. (Roberto Clemente High School, 1:00)

RODRIGO D. (NO FUTURE) The first feature of Colombian director Victor Gaviria, who will be present at the screening, follows three days in the lives of the notorious teenage killers of Medellin, Colombia. Most of the nine nonprofessional actors in the cast are no longer alive (1989). (Three Penny, 6:30)

ANDER AND YUL See listing under Sunday, September 30. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:30)

THE TIGRESS See listing under Sunday, September 30. (Three Penny, 7:00)

NATAL FROM PORTELA Paolo Cezar Saraceni's Brazilian feature, shot partially at the 1987 carnival in Rio, focuses on a kindhearted bookie who is the king of the samba. Saraceni and actress Zeze Motta will be present. (Three Penny, 9:00)

AZUL A documentary about the love of poetry that unites Nicaraguans (1988). Director Roland Legiardi-Laura will be present. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

BURNING PATIENCE See listing under Sunday, September 30. (Three Penny, 9:30)


AZUL See listing under Monday, October 1. (Roberto Clemente High School, 1:00)

MARIANA-MARIANA Alberto Isaac's Mexican feature concerns the painful memories that arise when two middleaged friends meet for the first time since grammar school (1986). Actor Pedro Armendariz Jr. will be present. (Three Penny, 6:30)

AVENTIS (TALL TALES) When two people see the body of an old friend at a hospital, they recall the tall tales they all told as children in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War. Vicente Aranda directed. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:30)

EULALIA A Costa Rican comedy by Oscar Castillo, who will be present at the screening, about the relationship between a father and his beautiful and sought-after eldest daughter (1987). (Three Penny, 7:00)

THE PATRIOTIC SPIRITS An Argentinian political satire about a group of ghosts who plot a coup against the government. Written and directed by Pablo Nisenson and Maria Victoria Menis, who will be present at the screening (1989). (Three Penny, 9:00)

RODRIGO D. (NO FUTURE) See listing under Monday, October 1. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

NATAL FROM PORTELA See listing under Monday, October 1. (Three Penny, 9:30)


SHORTS #2 10 Days/10 Years: Nicaraguan Elections of 1990 from Nicaragua, Cimarron from Puerto Rico, and Growing Up in the South from Peru. (Roberto Clemente High School, 1:00)

MIXED-BLOOD The son of a white aristocrat and a black fisherwoman (Zeze Motta) who has been raised among whites studies poetry, plans for a career in law, and then has a sexual encounter with a judge's wife that drives him into becoming a fisherman (1989). Motta and Venezuelan director Mario Handler will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 6:30)

THE LONG HAUL Dean Stockwell stars as a ruthless owner of a trucking company in this Brazilian feature by Paolo Thiago. The plot seems to resemble that of The Wages of Fear: a treacherous caravan of trucks rushing to make a deadline as heavy rains make the journey increasingly difficult (1989). Thiago will be present at the screening. (Facets Center, 6:30)

THE PATRIOTIC SPIRITS See listing under Tuesday, October 2. (Three Penny, 7:00)

AVENTIS (TALL TALES) See listing under Tuesday, October 2. (Three Penny, 9:00)

EULALIA See listing under October 2. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

MARIANA-MARIANA See listing under Tuesday, October 2. (Three Penny, 9:30)


SHORTS #3 La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead from Mexico, Theater from Honduras and the U.S., and The Owl's Feathers from Puerto Rico. (Roberto Clemente High School, 1:00)

LOLA This Mexican feature by Maria Novaro, which won the "best first work" award at the 1989 Havana film festival, is about the relationship between a vendor selling clothes illegally in Mexico City and her neglected daughter. (Three Penny, 6:30)

MARIA CANO A Colombian biopic about a poet and labor leader of the 1920s, played by Maria Eugenia Davila. Director Camila Loboguerrero will be present. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:30)

THE LONG HAUL See listing under Wednesday, October 3. (Three Penny, 7:00)

COMING ALIVE See listing under Sunday, September 30. (Three Penny, 9:00)

MIXED-BLOOD See listing under Wednesday, October 3. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

LIZARDS' TALES See listing under Saturday, September 29. (Three Penny, 9:30)

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