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The eighth annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, runs from Friday, September 25, through Sunday, October 4. Film and video screenings will be held at First Chicago Center Theater, Dearborn at Madison (opening night only); at the Three Penny, 2424 N. Lincoln; at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; at the University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St.; at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. Saint Louis; at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; at the Chicago Historical Society, Clark at North; at Columbia College Hokin Center, 623 S. Wabash; on an outdoor video screen at the Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 2011 W. Pershing; and at Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 1999 Sheridan Road, Evanston. Ticket prices per program are $6; $4 for students, senior citizens, and disabled persons; and $3 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. (Tickets to Jerico on opening night, which includes a reception before the screening and a cocktail party after, are $25. Tickets to video screenings vary in cost, and admission to Chicago Cultural Center screenings are free.) Festival passes, good for all screenings, are $60; $5O for students, senior citizens, and disabled persons; and $40 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. For more information call 431-1330.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Jerico

A revisionist look at the Spanish conquest of the New World, seen through the eyes of a Dominican monk, from Venezuelan writer-director Luis Alberto Lamata (1990). Lamata will be present at the screening along with actress Angela Molina and directors Federico Garcia Hurtado and Mauro Farias. (First Chicago Center Theater, 5:30)

Short Films #9

An all-Argentinean program: Gaston Biraben's Portraits of the Memory, Mario Piazza's The School of Miss Olga, and Julia Solomonoff's 8th Floor, Apt. 51. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

La frontera

Ricardo Larrain's Chilean feature, a prizewinner at the Berlin film festival this year, is about a man banished by the military dictatorship to the ancient borderland that separated the Spanish conquerors and the Mapuche Indians, where he finds love and learns about tidal waves. (Univ. of Chicago, 7:00)

The Last Harvest

Miguel de Pereira's Argentinean feature concerns an Indian recovering from the death of his son while working at a cattle ranch that is about to be converted into a tobacco farm. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Short Films #1

Paola Panero's Y from Colombia, Jose Luis Valenzuela's How Else Am I Supposed to Know I'm Still Alive from the U.S., and Cheryl Quintana Leader's So Much Time from the U.S. (Three Penny, 3:00)

Short Films #4

Jonathan Scott Hanish's Acting Touch from the U.S., Dan Weldon's Colombian-English My Macondo, and Diego Carrizosa's Colombian Renaissance. (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:00)

Guarapo

The title hero of Teodoro and Santiago Rios Marrero's 1988 Spanish feature is a peasant living in the Canary Islands after World War 11 who's fleeing from the Spanish police and hoping to emigrate to Venezuela. (Three Penny, 3:00)

La frontera

See listing under Friday, September 25. (Three Penny, 6:30)

Adorable Lies

Gerardo Chijona's tragicomic Cuban feature concerns the lies told by a screenwriter and an actress, both married to other people, who meet at a film premiere and start an affair. (Univ. of Chicago, 6:30; also Three Penny, 11:00 pm)

Cloud

A Portuguese feature by Ana Luisa Guimaraes about a woman who may have witnessed a gang murder. Guimaraes will be present at the screening. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Mardi Gras

An alcoholic writer (Fernando Guillen) in flight from his drug-addicted ex-wife (Angela Molina) and working under a deadline in a small village during Mardi Gras--a setup that recalls Malcolm Lowry's novel Under the Volcano--is the focus of this Spanish feature directed by Fernando Bauluz and Pedro Carvajal. On the same program, Arte Cero's Spanish short The Cave of the Stars. Carvajal, Molina, and Guillen will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 9:00)

Justice Denied

A Canadian documentary by Paul Cowan about the murder of a black teenager in a small town in Nova Scotia 20 years ago and the unjust sentencing of a Micmac Indian for the crime. On the same program, three Canadian shorts: Ikwe, Places Not Our Own, and Hunters & Bombers. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

The Language of Foxes

Peruvian director Garcia Hurtado's thriller about a mountain climber from Lima who becomes implicated in a crisis in a small town. On the same program, three Peruvian shorts: Carnival in Q'eros, Dancing With the Incas, and, on video, Dirty Copper. Hurtado will introduce the screening. (Univ. of Chicago, 9:00)

I Don't Want to Talk About It Now

Director and cowriter Mauro Farias's Brazilian feature about a writer in Rio de Janeiro who tries his hand at being a musician and photographer before he and his girlfriend get mixed up in a drug deal. Farias will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 9:30)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Short Films #5

Three U.S. shorts: Douglas Scott's And a Child Shall Lead Them, Miguel Pendas and Howard Petrick's Refugees (coproduced with El Salvador), and Keith Cunningham's Enamorado--One Bullet Left. (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:00)

The Last Harvest

See listing under Friday, September 25. (Three Penny, 3:30)

Murdered His Family and Went to the Movies

That's what the hero of Neville D'Almeida's Brazilian feature does--kills his parents and goes to a movie that increases his paranoia. D'Almeida will be present at the screening. (Univ. of Chicago, 4:00)

Happy Ever After

Spanish writer-director Pedro Pinzolas's low-budget comedy about a contemporary couple drifting apart. On the same program, Ramon Santos's Spanish short Looking at Laura. Pinzolas will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 6:00)

Adorable Lies

See listing under Saturday; September 26. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)

Language of the Foxes

See listing under Saturday, September 26. (Three Penny, 6:30)

Jerico

See listing under Friday, September 25. (Three Penny, 8:30)

I Don't Want to Talk About It Now

See listing under Saturday, September 26. (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:30)

Anything for Dough

Director Enrique Urbizu's Spanish comedy about the mishaps that ensue when thieves steal 48 million pesetas from a bingo parlor. Urbizu will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 9:00)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Short Films #3

Two films, both Guatemalan-Canadian productions: German Gutierrez's Five Hundred Years Later and Mary-Ellen Davis's The Devil's Dream. (Chicago Historical Society, 2:00)

Bandidos

Mexican director and cowriter Luis Estrada's adventure feature about four young boys between the ages of six and nine; Pedro Armendariz costars as a priest. Estrada will introduce the screening. (Three Penny, 6:30)

I Don't Want to Talk About It Now

See listing under Saturday, September 26. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Short Films #2

Two films from Peru by John Cohen: Carnival in Q'eros and Dancing With the Incas. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Happy Ever After"

See listing under Sunday, September 27. (Univ. of Chicago, 7:00)

Short Films #4

See listing under Saturday, September 26. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

Against the Wind

Writer-director Paco Perinan's Spanish feature about a man fleeing from an incestuous relationship with his sister to work at a nuclear-waste disposal facility. On the same program, Arturo Iglesias's Spanish short Sorcery. Perinan will introduce the screening. (Three Penny, 9:00)

Guarapo

See listing under Saturday, September 26. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

Cloud

See listing under Saturday, September 26. (Three Penny, 9:30)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Videos #1

Ellen Spiro and Marina Alvarez's (In) Visible Women, about women who are HIV positive; Mark Day's Stepan Chemical: The Poisoning of a Mexican Community; Eunice Gutman's Brazilian documentary Benedita Da Silva, about a black woman politician; and War on the Walls, produced by and starring Chicago teenage students at the Community Television Workshop. (Columbia College Hokin Center, noon)

Videos #4

Rosa Maria Marquez's The Ceaseless Journey, an experimental documentary about five Chicago artists; Media Network's Columbus Didn't Discover Us, taped in Ecuador; Dan Boord and Luis Valdovino's New World, which compares the native lands of the two artists, an Oklahoman and Argentinean; and Boord's and Valdovino's experimental A History. (Chicago Historical Society, 2:00)

My Macondo and The School of Miss Olga

Dan Wheldon's hour-long My Macondo (1990) follows Colombian journalist Julio Roca as he attempts to find the factual basis for certain fictional events in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years Of Solitude. Mario Piazza's 50-minute The School of Miss Olga (1991) is a documentary portrait of a small-town teacher in Argentina during the 1940s as seen through the eyes of her former pupils. (Chicago Cultural Center, 5:00)

Cabeza de Vaca

The title hero of Nicolas Echevarria's Mexican epic is one of the few survivors of the Spanish expedition to the Louisiana coast in 1528; he's enslaved by a shaman, who teaches him magic, and eventually earns his freedom and travels out west. Echevarria will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 6:30)

Murdered His Family and Went to the Movies

See listing under Sunday, September 27. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Anything for Dough

See listing under Sunday, September 27. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Bandidos

See listing under Monday, September 28. (Univ. of Chicago, 7:00)

Short Films #3

See listing under Monday, September 28. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

Short Films #8

Two Canadian films: Norma Bailey's Ikwe and Derek Mazur's Places Not Our Own. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

Butterfly Wings

Twenty-four-year-old director and cowriter Juanma Bajo Ulloa's Spanish feature about a dysfunctional family, named best picture at the 1991 San Sebastian film festival. Ulloa will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 9:15)

Against the Wind

See listing under Monday, September 28. (Three Penny, 9:30)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Short Films #5

See listing under Sunday, September 27. (Chicago Historical Society, 2:00)

Don Quixote, Part I

The first of three parts of a five-hour adaptation of the Cervantes novel--scripted by Nobel Prize-winner Camilo Jose Cela, directed by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon, and starring Fernando Rey as Don Quixote and Alfredo Landa as Sancho Panza. Aragon and Rey will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 6:30)

Return to Aztlan

Mexican writer-director Juan Mora Catlett's retelling of a 15th-century Aztec fable, a mythological fantasy with dialogue in "Nahuatl, the ancient Mexican language," and a visual style modeled on Aztec story paintings. Catlett will be present at the screening, (Three Penny, 7:00)

Butterfly Wings

See listing under Tuesday, September 29. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Against the Wind

See listing under Monday, September 28. (Univ. of Chicago, 7:00)

Short Films #2

See listing under Monday, September 28. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

Chile in Transition

A documentary about Chile's recent democratic elections and the efforts of the former regime to protect itself, with emphasis on the story of two cousins--one joined the navy, the other fled to Canada. Gaston Ancelovici directed this Chilean-Canadian-Dutch production with Frank Diamond. On the same program, Betty Kaplan's Venezuelan short The Violinist. Ancelovici will be present at the screening (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

Bandidos

See listing under Monday, September 28. (Three Penny, 9:15)

Mardi Gras

See listing under Saturday, September 26 (Three Penny, 9:30)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

Videos #7

Maria Raquel Bozzi's Palenque: A Song from Colombia, Natatcha Estebanez's Notes From the Mambo Inn: The Story of Mario Bauza from the U.S., and Joan Kaufman's Kantik'i Maishi: Songs Of Sorghum from the U.S. and Curacao. (Columbia College Hokin Center, noon)

Videos #5

Geoffrey O'Connor's At the Edge of Conquest: The Journey of Chief Wai-Wai from Brazil; Peter Elsass's The Earth Is Our Mother: Two Indian Tribes in South America from Colombia and Venezuela (1987); and Edin Velez's Tule: The Cuna Indians of San Blas. (Chicago Historical Society, 2:00)

Heart Breaker

Writer-director Jorge Stamadianos's Argentinean absurdist comedy involving a female tow-truck driver, a dentist she wants to have father her child, and her professor husband, who is seeing a young dancer. (Three Penny, 6:30)

Don Quixote, Parts II and III

The second and third segments of the fivepart adaptation of Cervantes's epic, directed by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Highway Patrolman

English director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy), who recently moved to Mexico, directed this Spanish-language feature about two new members of the Mexican highway patrol trying to resist corruption. (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)

Adorable Lies

See listing under Saturday, September 26. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Shoot to Kill

Carlos Azpurua's suspense thriller from Venezuela follows the struggle of a mother determined to clear the name of her son, who was killed during a routine police roundup, and the young journalist who helps her. On the same program, Betty Kaplan's Venezuelan short Neurosis on Wheels. Shoot to Kill's producer, Donald Myerston, will be present at the University of Chicago screening. (Univ. of Chicago, 7:00; also Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)

Chile in Transition

See listing under Wednesday, September 30. (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00; also Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

Don Juan in Hell

Fernando Guillen stars as the legendary Don Juan in this Spanish feature directed by Gonzalo Suarez. (Three Penny, 9:00)

Cabeza do Vaca

See listing under Tuesday, September 29. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

Family Portrait

Director and cowriter Luis Galvao Teles's Portuguese feature about a photographer (Joaquim de Almeida) who kidnaps his daughter hoping to win back her mother, a circus amazon. Teles will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 9:30)

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