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The eighth annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, continues from Friday, October 2, through Monday, October 5. Film and video screenings will be held at the Three Penny, 2424 N. Lincoln; at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; at the Univ. of Chicago Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.; at the Univ. of Chicago Cobb Hall, 5511 S. Ellis; at Columbia College Hokin Center, 623 S. Wabash; at the Chicago Historical Society, Clark at North; at Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 1999 Sheridan Road, Evanston; and on an outdoor video screen at the Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 2011 W. Pershing. Ticket prices per program are $6; $4 for students, senior citizens, and disabled persons; and $3 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. For more information call 431-1330.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

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 joining the navy, the other fleeing 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. (Columbia College Hokin Center, 11:30 am)

Short Films #6

Alexandra Perez's The Box of Kisses from Costa Rica, Maria Jose Alvarez and Marta C. Hernandez's Lady Marshall from Nicaragua and the U.S., and Gary Soto's The Pool Party from the U.S. (Chicago Historical Society, 2:00)

Our Voice of the Earth: Memory and Future

A Colombian documentary by the husband and wife team of Marta Rodriguez and Jorge Silva about the recently politicized Paeces Indians of Colombia's Cauca region. On the same Program, Dan Weldon's My Macondo from Colombia and Britain, Paola Panero's Y from Colombia, Maria Raquel Bozzi's Palenque: A Song from Colombia, and Peter Elsass's The Earth Is our Mother: Two Indian Tribes in South America from Colombia and Venezuela. Rodriguez will be present at the screening. (Univ. of Chicago Cobb Hall, 3:00; also Facets Multimedia Center, 8:30)

Videos #6

Estela Bravo's Cuban documentary about Cuban immigration to the U.S., Miami/Havana, and Gerald Ranson and Claudia Vargas-Sherwood's Bolivian documentary, Bolivia: On the Trail of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)

Don Quixote, Parts IV and V

The fourth and fifth parts of a five-part Spanish adaptation of Cervantes's classic novel, directed by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon and starring Fernando Rey in the title role and Alfredo Landa as Sancho Panza. Aragon and Rey will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 6:30)

Barroco

This feature by the talented Mexican director Paul Leduc (Reed: Insurgent Mexico and Frida) was apparently "inspired" by more than adapted from Concierto barroco, a novel by the celebrated Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier. A musical pageant without dialogue that recounts the history of Latin America, it includes elements of "magical realism" and the converging influences (musical and otherwise) of Native Americans, Spanish conquistadores, and African slaves. As in Frida, the impulse to work without dialogue leads to broad strokes and a certain amount of simplicity; there are certainly moments of interest, but often it's as easy to be lulled by the camera movements, settings, and music as to be captivated by them. The actors and performers include Angela Molina, Francisco Rabal, Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes, and Van Van (1989). On the same program, Estela Bravo's documentary video short from Cuba, Miami/Havana. (Univ. of Chicago Noyes Hall, 6:30)

The Body

Antonio Garcia's Brazilian feature about the bonding between two women who live together with their lover and the revenge they plot when they discover he's cheating on them. On the same program, Carlos Hermos's Spanish short Doing Business, Eunice Gutman's Brazilian Benedita Da Silva, and Geoffrey O'Connor's Brazilian At the Edge of Conquest: The Journey of Chief Wai-Wai and Contact: The Yanomamai Indians of Brazil. Garcia will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 7:00)

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. (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)

Family Portrait

Director and cowriter Luis is 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. (Univ. of Chicago Noyes Hall, 9:00)

Where Is the Love of My Life Whom I Cannot Find?

Argentinean filmmaker Juan Jose Jusid's feature about a lonely couple who meet through a radio program. Jusid will be present at the screening. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

The Long Winter

Jaime Camino's Spanish feature about the Political differences in a wealthy family during the Spanish Civil War, as recalled by the family butler. Camino will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 9:15)

Don Quixote, Part I

The first of five parts of a five-hour adaptation of the Cervantes novel to be shown in three screenings--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, 9:30)

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. (Three Penny, 11:30)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

Short Films #7

Hugh Brody and Nigel Markham's Hunters & Bombers from Canada and Geoffrey O'Connor's Contact: The Yanomamai Indians of Brazil. (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:00)

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. (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:30)

Our Voice of the Earth: Memory and Future

See listing under Friday, October 2. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)

Family Portrait

See listing under Friday, October 2. (Three Penny, 6:30)

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. On the same program, three Argentinean shorts: Gaston Biraben's Portraits of the Memory, Mario Piazza's The School of Miss Olga, and Julia Solomonoff's 8th Floor, Apt. 51. Stamadianos will be present at the screening. (Univ. of Chicago, Noyes Hall, 6.30)

Hello Hemingway

In 1956 in Havana, a poor high school student (Laura de la Uz) who's a neighbor of Ernest Hemingway's dreams of attending college; she reads The Old Man and the Sea and finds herself identifying with its protagonist. Fernando Perez directed this Cuban feature from a script by Mayda Royero; with Marta del Rio, Jose Antonio, and Raul Paz ( 1990). (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Videos #2

Gustavo Vazquez and John Hewitt's The Summer of the Amigos from Mexico and the U.S. and Oswaldo Carpio's Dirty Copper from Peru. (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00)

The Body

See listing under Friday, October 2. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Videos #3

Daniel Jacobo's seven-part The Aztlan Chronicles from the U.S. and Rick Najera's Pain of the Macho. (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:30)

Don Quixote, Part I

See listing under Friday, October 2. (Univ. of Chicago Noyes Hall, 9:00)

Don Quixote, Parts II and III

The second and third segments of the five-part adaptation of Cervantes's epic, directed by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon. (Three Penny, 9:00)

Don Juan In Hell

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

Shoot to Kill

Carlos Azpurua's suspense thriller from Venezuela follows the struggle of a mother determined to dear 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. (Three Penny, 9:30)

Barroco

See listing under Friday, October 2. (Three Penny, 11:30)

SUNDAY. OCTOBER 4

Short Films #1

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

Short Films #9

Gaston Biraben's Portraits of the Memory, Mario Piazza's The School of Miss Olga, and Julia Solomonoff's 8th Floor, Apt. 51, all from Argentina. (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:00)

Hello Hemingway

See listing Saturday, October 3. (Three Penny, 3:30)

Short Films #3

Two Guatemalan-Canadian productions: German Gutierrezs Five Hundred Years Later and Mary-Ellen Davis's The Devil's Dream. (Univ. of Chicago Cobb Hall, 4:00)

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. (Facets Multimedia Center, 5: 00)

Where Is the Love of My Life Whom I Cannot Find?

See listing under Friday, October 2. (Three Penny, 6:00)

The Body

See listing under Friday, October 2. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)

Short Films #6

See listing under Friday, October 2. (Univ. of Chicago Cobb Hall, 6:00; also Facets Multimedia Center, 7:30)

Don Quixote, Parts IV and V

See listing under Friday, October 2. (Three Penny, 6:30)

Heart Breaker

See listing under Saturday, October 3. (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00)

The Long Winter

See listing under Friday, October 2. (Three Penny, 8:30)

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, 8:30)

Barroco

See listing under Friday, October 2. (Three Penny, 9:00)

MONDAY. OCTOBER 5

Short Films #5

Douglas Scott's And a Child Shall Lead Them from the U.S., Miguel Pendas and Howard Petrick's Refugees from the U.S. and El Salvador, and Keith Cunningham's Enamorado--One Bullet Left from the U.S. (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00)

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