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The tenth annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, continues from Friday, April 29, through Thursday, May 5. Film and video screenings will be at Pipers Alley, 1609 N. Wells; at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; at the Three Penny, 2424 N. Lincoln; at the University of Chicago's Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.; at Northeastern University, 5500 N. Saint Louis; at Columbia College, 624 S. Michigan; at Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 2011 W. Pershing; and at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. Ticket prices per program (apart from free screenings and closing night, which costs a lot extra) are $6; $5 for students, senior citizens, and disabled persons; and $4 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. Festival passes, good for all screenings except closing night, are $70, $60 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. For more information call 431-1330.


Report on Death

A 1993 Peruvian thriller directed by Danny Gavidia Velezmoro about a TV reporter from Caracas who's sent to cover a prison rebellion in Lima. (Pipers Alley, 6:30)

Last Train Out

A 1993 feature from the U.S. by Frank Perry Lopez about a son of Mexican migrant workers who attends Harvard Law School while dreaming of becoming a photojournalist and documenting his childhood experiences. (Three Penny, 6:30)


A 1989 Canadian feature by Carlos Ferrand, shot on location in Cuba, about a Montreal widow who hires a private detective named Cuervo (Nelson Villagra) to help her find her long-lost twin sister, who turns out to be a big-time cocaine dealer commanding her own army in an unnamed South American country. To be shown on video. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:30)

Short Films: program three

Lori J. Shinseki's U.S.-Mexican The Least of Our Brothers (1993) and, from the U.S., Aldo Romero's Symbiosis (1993) and Lisa Gonzalez's Graffiti Man (1992). (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)


A U.S. feature by Chicagoan Juan J. Frausto about three Mexican American cousins and their different feelings about their Mexican roots. (Columbia College, 1:30)

Thread of Memory

A Brazilian documentary by Eduardo Coutinho about the experience of blacks in Brazil, made over a three-year period and completed in 1991. To be shown on video. (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:30)

Shadows in a Battle

A 1993 Spanish feature by Mario Camus, in which Carmen Maura stars as a veterinarian living with her daughter in a Spanish village near the Portuguese border who's drawn back into a past she'd rather forget. (Pipers Alley, 9:00)

The Jackal of Nahueltoro

Miguel Littin's Chilean film (1969) is based on the true story of a peasant who drunkenly murdered his common-law wife and five children. He learns to read and write in jail, and by the time he has been reborn as an educated man he is ready for execution. With Raul Ruiz and Aldo Franca, Littin was one of the filmmakers who created the new wave of Chilean cinema in the late 60s--a movement, of course, that was crushed with the overthrow of the Allende government. (DK) (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

The Pearl

This Mexican feature by Emilio Fernandez, based on John Steinbeck's novel about a poor fisherman, is best known for its remarkable black-and-white cinematography by the masterful Gabriel Figueroa; with Pedro Armendariz and Maria Elena Marques (1948). (Three Penny, 9:00)

El compadre Mendoza

The title hero of this 1933 Mexican feature directed by Fernando de Fuentes is a wealthy landowner who tries to survive the Mexican revolution through various ruses. (Pipers Alley, 11:00)

El Norte

The independent American cinema is slowly becoming slicker than the Hollywood product it is supposedly a reaction against. Gregory Nava's film (1983), about a Guatemalan brother and sister who escape the political oppression of their home country for a difficult life as illegal aliens in the United States, applies a variety of sophisticated rhetorical techniques to a sentimental, manipulative story line. The show-offy style, with its overanalytic editing, rhyming transitions, and portentous accordion inserts, condescends to the puppy-dog siblings by adopting a detached, superior point of view. Nava is clearly less interested in exploring the tragic reality of the situation than in wringing a few tears from Anglo audiences. Though his subject is a serious one and his intentions are apparently noble, Nava has made a film that is essentially indistinguishable from Love Story. (DK) (Three Penny, 11:00)


Blood of the Condor

Long banned in its native Bolivia until protests forced its release, Jorge Sanjines's 1969 film is a fictionalized account of a U.S.-sponsored population-control program that led to the involuntary sterilization of several thousand Quechua Indian women. (DK) On the same program, Jose Sanchez's short La Paz. (Univ. of Chicago, 3:00)

Small Town Girl

A 1948 Mexican melodrama directed by Emilio Fernandez. (Pipers Alley, 3:00)

Los olvidados

Luis Bunuel's discovery of feral youth, made in the slums of Mexico City in 1950. Bunuel's apparent lack of compassion for his juvenile delinquents is what finally makes the film an unusually powerful social document and a disturbing piece of drama. He explains them with neither sympathy nor sentiment, but simply produces the brutal facts of their lives. Gabriel Figueroa, the great Mexican cameraman, contributes a harsh black-and-white image that transcends documentary--it's real life, only more so. (DK) (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:00)

Memories of Underdevelopment

Adapted by Cuban filmmaker Tomas Gutierrez Alea from Edmundo Desnoe's novel Inconsolable Memories, this 1969 film portrays the alienation of a bourgeois intellectual caught in the warp of a rapidly changing social reality. A thoroughly mature and original creation, Alea's film does not caricature Sergio--a 28-year-old living off reparations from his nationalized property--but rather strikingly portrays the existential contradictions of a man living in a vacuum, in a mixture of past and present, whose only response to the missile crisis is to watch it through binoculars while his more intellectually authentic (if less well schooled) countrymen respond with action. Told from Sergio's viewpoint, the film is a call to continued action for Cubans and an engrossing psychological portrait. (DD) (Three Penny, 3:00)


See listing under Friday, April 29. (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:30)

We Are All Stars

The title of this 1993 Peruvian comedy refers to a TV game show; Felipe Degregori directed. (Univ. of Chicago, 5:00)

Videos: program ten

From the U.S., Christina Soto-Temple's Torn Loyalties (1993); from Brazil, Sergio Goldenberg's No Rubber, No Way (1993); and from Puerto Rico and the U.S., Mildred Amador and Alex Massol's Puerto Rico Calls to Me. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)

Welome, Mr. Marshall

Winner of a special jury prize at the Cannes festival in 1953, Luis G. Berlanga's popular Spanish film shows a poor Castilian town going to great lengths to spruce up its folkloric image to impress a delegation representing the U.S. Marshall Plan. With Elvira Quintilla, Lolita Sevilla, and Jose Isbert. (Pipers Alley, 6:30)

Ganga bruta

A Brazilian feature made with a minimum of dialogue in 1933 by Humberto Mauro about a wealthy engineer who murders his bride on his wedding night after discovering she isn't a virgin. (Three Penny, 6:30)

Report on Death

See listing under Friday, April 29. (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)


Edward James Olmos and Sonia Braga star in this 1993 U.S. feature, directed by Robert M. Young, about a dysfunctional Latino family; with Maria Conchita Alonso. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

The Almost True Story of 7Pepita the Gunslinger

Based on a true incident, this 1993 feature from Uruguay directed by Beatriz Flores Silva concerns a young single mother who commits a series of successful robberies in Montevideo. To be shown on video, along with a short film from Uruguay, Mario Handler's I Like the Students (1968). (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:00)


A 1993 Venezuelan feature directed by Carlos Oteyza about a woman searching for her brother who winds up in a jungle region inhabited by misfits from all over the world. (Three Penny, 8:30)

Wild Flower

A 1943 Mexican feature directed by Emilio Fernandez about the troubled relationship between a radical and his wealthy family during the Mexican revolution. (Pipers Alley, 9:00)

Short Films: program five

Three U.S. shorts: Ela Troyano's Once Upon a Time in the Bronx and Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst Is Your Waffen, and Birgitte Staermose Mortensen and Maria T. Rodriguez's Morning Tide--all made in 1993. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

That's the Point

A Mexican comedy classic (1940), at least by reputation, starring Mario Moreno Cantinflas--usually known simply as Cantinflas--as a Chaplinesque city tramp, and directed by Juan Bustillo Oro. (Pipers Alley, 11:00)

The Fence

A 1993 Argentinean-Italian production, directed by Marco Bechis, about a brother and sister, both idle teenagers living with their widowed father, who meet a handsome Englishman with a business scheme. (Three Penny, 11:00)


Memories of Underdevelopment

See listing under Saturday, April 30. (Univ. of Chicago, 3:00)

Short Films by Jorge Echeverri

A selection of Colombian independent shorts by Jorge Echeverri: Settling Down (1980), Absence (1983), Watchman (1985), Ghosts Without Mirrors (1985), and From San Pedro de Iguaque (1992). (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:00)

Videos: program seven

From Chile David Gutmann's Life of the Peasant Family in Chile (1993) and from Ecuador Alberto Muenala's Let's Defend Our Land and Lives (1992) and My Little Music (1991). (Facets Multimedia, 3:30)

Hand in the Trap

A gothic thriller from Argentina by Leopoldo Torre-Nilsson, about a teenage girl interfering fatally in her aunt's love life (1961). (DK) (Three Penny, 3:00)

Los olvidados

See listing under Saturday, April 30. (Pipers Alley, 4:30)


In Mexico in 1900, under the regime of dictator Porfirio Diaz, a priest attempts to live the life of Christ and meets only humiliation and hostility. Luis Bunuel's 1958 meditation on the folly of pure Christianity is widely respected, and deservedly so. But it lacks his brilliant wit and seems much less adventurous than his 60s masterpieces. (DK) (Univ. of Chicago, 5:00)

Thread of Memory

See listing under Friday, April 29. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)


See listing under Saturday, April 30. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:30)

Small Town Girl

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


See listing under Saturday, April 30. (Pipers Alley, 7:00)

Videos: program one

Cristine List's Crisis Point: Guatemala Under Serrano (1993) and Patricia Goudvis and William Turnley's If the Mango Tree Could Speak (1993), both from the U.S. (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:00)

Welcome Mr. Marshall

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

Shadows in a Battle

See listing under Friday, April 29, (Three Penny, 9:00)

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

Set in 1901, this independent feature (1982) tells the true story of a Mexican horseman pursued through Texas by a 600-man posse for a crime he didn't commit. Robert M. Young (Short Eyes, One Trick Pony) directed; with Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower, and Bruce McGill. (DK) (Pipers Alley, 9:15)


Videos: program eight

A gay and lesbian program: Jorge Lozano's Samuel & Samantha, the Emancipation of All (1993), from Canada; Patricia Montoya's A Ride Out (1991), from the U.S.; Osa Hidalgo-de La Riva's Primitive and Proud (1991), from the U.S.; Karim Ainouz's Seams (1993), from Brazil; Raul Ferrara-Balanquet's Cities of Lust (1993), from the U.S. and Cuba. (Columbia College, 6:30)

We Are All Stars

See listing under Saturday, April 30. (Pipers Alley, 7:00)

Ganga bruta

See listing under Saturday, April 30. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)


A 1993 Argentinean-German production by Jeanine Meerapfel and Alcides Chiesa about a German emigre in Argentina who heads with his son for Ecuador after his wife is abducted. (Univ. of Chicago, 7:00)

Short Films: program four

From the U.S., Susan Todd and Andrew Young's Lives in Hazard (1993), about the making of American Me, and Luis C. Ruiz's Man in America (1992); from Canada, Jorge Lozano's The Three Sevens (1993). (Northeastern Univ., 7:00)

Here on Earth

A 1992 feature by Joao Botelho (Hard Times), one of the most original and ambitious of contemporary Portuguese filmmakers, that interweaves the stories of a 40-year-old businessman collapsing after the death of his father and a young rural couple committing murder in the name of love. (Pipers Alley, 9:00)


A feature film from Cuba divided into three segments, each examining a separate historical period with a different "Lucia" engaged in a particular kind of struggle. The first Lucia is from the colonial upper class caught up in the Spanish-American War of 1898; the second Lucia is the companion of an urban guerrilla fighting against the Machado government in the early 30s; the third Lucia is the contemporary Cuban woman, struggling with her husband to participate in the "revolutionary life." Humberto Solas directed. (DD) (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)


Videos: program eleven

From Puerto Rico and Cuba, Irma Iranzo's Yemaya (1988); from the U.S., Coco Fusco and Paula Heredia's The Couple in the Cage (1993); and from Canada, Jorge Lozano's Samuel & Samantha, the Emancipation of All (1993). (Harold Washington Library Center, 5:30)

Videos: program nine

Dora Guerra's The Maid (1990), from Mexico, and a collectively made Colombian-Spanish video, Opium Dreams in Macondo (1992). (Northeastern Univ., 7:00)

When the Mountains Tremble

Rigoberta Menchu, a spokesperson for the Guatemalan revolutionary forces, narrates a history of U.S. involvement in her country. Pamela Yates and Thomas Sigel (Resurgence) directed this 1983 feature-length documentary, which incorporates "historic re-creations" performed by the Labor Theater. (PG) (Univ. of Chicago, 7:00)

The Executioner

Widely thought to be Luis G. Berlanga's masterpiece, though it reportedly provoked the ire of Franco, this film focuses on a poor grave digger (Nino Manfredi) who marries an executioner's daughter (Emma Penella) and then finds that he either has to take up his father-in-law's profession or lose the government subsidy that pays his rent. (Pipers Alley, 7:00)

Short Films by Jorge Echeverri

See listing under Sunday, May 1. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

In the Mouth of the Wolf

A widely praised Peruvian-Spanish production about the war between the Peruvian army and the Maoist guerrilla forces of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), directed in 1988 by Francisco J. Lombardi. (Pipers Alley, 9:00)

The Accordionist's Wedding

A Colombian folkloric musical set on the Caribbean coast, which won prizes at both the Nantes and Havana film festivals. Directed by Luis Fernando Bottia; with Orangel Maestre and Iris Oyola (1986). (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)


Short Films: program five

See listing under Saturday, April 30. (Columbia College, 6:30)

The Executioner

See listing under Tuesday, May 3. (Pipers Alley, 7:00)

Short Films: program two

Juan Alejandro Ramirez's All and Nothing (1993), from Peru and the U.S., and Ana Maria Garcia's For Rock or Salsa? (1992), from Puerto Rico. (Northeastern Univ., 7:00)


Luis Bunuel returned to his native Spain to create this 1961 masterpiece, which marked his rebirth as a filmmaker of international repute. Mexican star Silvia Pinal plays the title character, a girl about to enter a convent whose confident plans for sainthood are interrupted by her uncle's announcement (false) that he has raped her in her sleep. She forges ahead anyway, filling her uncle's estate with beggars and madmen in an obsessive demonstration of Christian charity. Franco's government, which financed the film, later attempted to suppress it, burning all the prints that remained in Spain. Luckily, a few had already been sent to France, and the rest--Bunuel's brilliant late period--is history. With Fernando Rey and Francisco Rabal. (DK) (Univ. of Chicago, 7:00)

El super

Ivan Acosta's stage comedy about New York's Cuban subculture, filmed by Leon Ichaso and Orlando Jimenez-Lealin 1979. Raymundo Hidalgo-Gato is the refugee hero--a bus driver in Havana, now reduced to tending a tenement on the Upper West Side. (DK) (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

The Pearl

See listing under Friday, April 29. (Pipers Alley, 9:00)

Here on Earth

See listing under Monday, May 2. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)



A U.S. feature by Chicagoan Juan J. Frausto about three Mexican American cousins and their different feelings about their Mexican roots. (Columbia College, 1:30)

Videos: program ten

See listing under Saturday, April 30. (Northeastern Univ., 7:00)

El super

See listing under Wednesday, May 4. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

The Accordinist's Wedding

See listing under Tuesday, May 3. (Pipers Alley, 7:00)

In the Mouth of the Wolf

See listing under Tuesday, May 3. (Pipers Alley, 9:00)

Short Films: program one

From Mexico, Juan Carlos de Llaca's I Am Going to Escape (1992), Moises Ortiz Urquidi's Date in Paradise (1992), and Maria Novaro's Autumnal (1992); from the U.S., Bruno de Almeida's The Debt (1993); from Brazil, Sung Sfai's The Unmaid (1993); and from Spain and Cuba, Rolando Diaz's The Long Journey of Rustico and Javier Caldas's The Last Heartbeat (both 1993). (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

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