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The 13th annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, runs from Friday, April 4, through Monday, April 14. Film and video screenings will be at Chestnut Station, 850 N. Clark; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; Art Institute Rubloff Auditorium, Columbus Drive at Monroe; First Chicago Center, 1 S. Dearborn; Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 2011 W. Pershing; Calles y Suenos, 1900 S. Carpenter; Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. Saint Louis; University of Illinois at Chicago Halsted Lecture Center, 750 S. Halsted; and Rosary College Fine Arts Building, 7900 W. Division, River Forest. Tickets for most programs are $7.50, $6.50 for students, senior citizens, and disabled persons, and $6 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. The opening and closing nights cost a lot more, but some screenings are free. Festival passes, good for 15 screenings excluding special events, are $70, $60 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. For more information call 312-431-1330.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4

Videos 1

Two videos from Puerto Rico. (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 3:00)

Brazilian shorts

Seven short films made in 1995 and 1996. (Chestnut Station, 6:00)

Main Street

Juan Antonio Bardem's 1956 adaptation of a popular Spanish play, La senorita de Trevelez, a grim critique of Spanish machismo and sexism, is considered by many to be Bardem's best film. With Betsy Blair. (JR) (Chestnut Station, 6:30)

They Don't Wear Black Tie

A Sao Paulo family is torn apart by a factory strike, the father siding with the radical unionists, the son with the conservative business leaders, in a 1981 Brazilian film by Leon Hirszman. With Fernanda Montenegro and Gianfrancesco Guarnieri. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Videos 2

Two videos from Argentina. (Calles y Suenos, 7:00)

Race

A rare document of the Spanish cinema, scripted by none other than Franco himself under the pseudonym Jaime de Andrade and based on his own novel (which was written with a film adaptation in mind). Directed by Jose Luis Saenz de Heredia, cousin of the founder of the Falange, this 1941 film is a fanciful autobiography of Franco, who describes the life and family he would have liked to have had. With matinee idol Alfredo Mayo. (JR) (Chestnut Station, 8:00)

Eva Peron: The True Story

Without singing even once, Esther Goris blows Madonna away as Eva Peron. Goris is riveting in this 1996 drama about the Argentinean political leader whose acting career and affairs--a major focus of Evita--are touched on only briefly; the major impetus is to depict her political goals and impact during the last years of her life. This slow-paced movie may appear dry and morbid compared to the musical version, but it's an effective character study with plenty of subtext: it's fascinating to watch Goris and Victor Laplace (as Juan Peron) demystify sensationalized figures. In Evita little Eva crashes her father's wake; in Eva Peron she's allowed in--though when she recounts the story as an adult she says only that she was barred from the chapel because she was illegitimate. Eva Peron enables you to marvel at a character who's potent enough to command authority in a pink dress and frilly hat and passionate enough to evince fervor when bedridden; you're compelled to ponder her complex motivations throughout. Juan Carlos Desanzo directs a screenplay by Jose Pablo Feinmann. (LA) (Art Institute Rubloff Auditorium, 8:00)

The Come-on

A 1995 Mexican comedy directed by Ernesto Rimoch about a middle-class woman who's to marry a wealthier man, allowing her family to climb up the social ladder, when the theft of money at the wedding puts a new spin on things. To be shown with the short film Whacked. (Chestnut Station, 8:30)

Who Killed Pixote?

A Brazilian docudrama directed by Jose Joffily, based on two nonfiction books about the life of Fernando Ramos da Silva, the nearly illiterate 11-year-old boy who starred in the 1980 film Pixote and was gunned down while still in his teens. (Chestnut Station, 9:00)

The Last Supper

Political allegory from Cuba, directed by Tomas Gutierrez Alea (1977). An 18th-century plantation owner invites 12 of his slaves to join him for a Good Friday dinner, stretching the bounds of unconscious irony to their absolute limit. Alea's essay on Christian idealism undercut by capitalist reality isn't up to his earlier Memories of Underdevelopment--it's too schematic and a little too obvious at times. Still, it's a very handsome production, photographed in lush capitalist color. (DK) (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

SATURDAY, APRIL 5

Videos 10

Videos from Spain and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia Center, 4:00

Death of a Bureaucrat

A pleasant, very funny social comedy with a faint black lining. The film is full of hommages to silent comics--a Laurel and Hardy scene from Two Tars, some precipice tottering from Harold Lloyd--but its taste for quaint caricature and topical satire places it closer to the Ealing comedies made in Britain in the 50s. Amazingly, it was actually made in Cuba in 1966, by a director, Tomas Gutierrez Alea, who later traded his comic sense for social allegory (Memories of Underdevelopment, The Last Supper). (DK) (Facets Multimedia Center, 4:30)

Carla's Song

The latest feature of Ken Loach (1996)--set in 1987 and written by Paul Laverty--is a love story about a Nicaraguan refugee living in Glasgow and the local bus driver she meets. (Chestnut Station, 5:30)

Videos 8

Videos from Brazil, Cuba, and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)

The Come-on

See listing under Friday, April 4. (Chestnut Station, 6:00)

Under the Skin

Directed by Francisco Lombardi, this 1996 detective story set in northern Peru is about a series of crimes linked to the violent rituals of the Moches, a pre-Inca civilization. (Chestnut Station, 6:15)

Videos 6

Videos from Cuba and the U.S. (Calles y Suenos, 7:00)

Dying to Go Home

A Portuguese immigrant living in Amsterdam discovers that he's died after an accident and become a ghost; he vows to return his body to Portugal but can communicate with the living only through their dreams. A 1996 Portuguese comedy directed by Carlos Da Silva and George Sluizer. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Who Killed Pixote?

See listing under Friday, April 4. (Chestnut Station, 7:30)

Videos 4

Three videos from Chile. (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:00)

Your Name Poisons My Dreams

A 1996 Spanish detective story directed by Pilar Milo. (Chestnut Station, 8:00)

My Last Man

A TV reporter in contemporary Santiago videotapes a killing during a terrorist takeover of a radio station in a 1996 Chilean feature directed by Tatiana Gaviola. (Chestnut Station, 8:45)

Melodrama

Despite the title, the synopsis of this hour-long Cuban film about mate swapping by Rolando Diaz makes it sound like a comedy. On the same program, two short films. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

Ilona Arrives With the Rain

A 1996 Colombian adaptation of a novel by Alvaro Mutis, directed by Sergio Cabrera. (Chestnut Station, 10:00)

Earth

As I dimly recall it, this is a rather overextended and dull tale about a Spanish soil fumigator, his work at a vineyard, and his relationship to two women; Julio Medem directed (1996). (JR) (Chestnut Station, 10:15)

The Smooth Talker

A 1996 dramatic comedy from Argentina about a salesman, directed by Santiago Carlos Oves. (Chestnut Station, 10:30)

SUNDAY, MARCH 30

S.O.S. Gulubu

A 1996 fantasy for children from Argentina combining animation, puppets, live action, and song, directed by Susana Tozzi. (Chestnut Station, 4:00)

Guantanamera

The last feature (1995) of the late Cuban director Tomas Gutierrez Alea (Memories of Underdevelopment, The Last Supper)--a comedy about a solution for the gasoline shortage hatched at an undertakers' convention. (Chestnut Station, 4:30)

They Don't Wear Black Tie

See listing under Friday, April 4. (Facets Multimedia Center, 4:30)

Main Street

See listing under Friday, April 4. (Chestnut Station, 5:00)

Videos 3

Videos from Chile and Uruguay. (Facets Multimedia Center, 5:00)

Destination Unknown

A U.S. feature about two Latino cousins living in Jackson Heights, New York (1996). (Chestnut Station, 6:00)

Corisco and Dada

A crime story set in the 20s in Bahia, Brazil, directed by Rosemberg Cariry (1996). (Chestnut Station, 6:30)

I Am, From Cuban Son to Salsa

A documentary about Caribbean music, directed by Rigoberto Lopez Pego (1996). (Chestnut Station, 7:00)

Videos 9

Half a dozen videos from the U.S. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Videos 5

Three videos from the U.S. and Colombia. (Calles y Suenos, 7:00)

Your Name Poisons My Dreams

See listing under Saturday, April 5. (Chestnut Station, 8:00)

Melodrama

See listing under Saturday, April 5. (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:30)

All of Them Witches

A Mexican thriller directed by Daniel Gruener (1996) about a murder and a holistic healer. (Chestnut Station, 8:30)

Oedipus Mayor

Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote the script for this 1996 political drama, updating Sophocles to present-day Colombia; Jorge Ali Triana directed. (Chestnut Station, 9:00)

MONDAY, APRIL 7

Dying to Go Home

See listing under Saturday, April 5. (Chestnut Station, 6:00)

My Last Man

See listing under Saturday, April 5. (Chestnut Station, 6:30)

All of Them Witches

See listing under Sunday, April 6. (Chestnut Station, 6:45)

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 a rapidly changing social reality. A thoroughly mature and original creation, Alea's film doesn't 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) (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Videos 8

See listing under Saturday, April 5. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

Who Killed Pixote?

See listing under Friday, April 4. (Chestnut Station, 8:00)

Under the Skin

See listing under Saturday, April 5. (Chestnut Station, 8:30)

Earth

See listing under Saturday, April 5. (Chestnut Station, 9:00)

Bicycles Are for Summertime

A 1983 Spanish feature by Jaime Chavarri set during the Spanish civil war. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

TUESDAY, APRIL 8

S.O.S. Gulubu

See listing under Sunday, April 6. (Chestnut Station, 6:00)

Videos 2

See listing under Friday, April 4. (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 6:00)

Destination Unknown

See listing under Sunday, April 6. (Chestnut Station, 6:30)

All of Them Witches

See listing under Sunday, April 6. (Chestnut Station, 6:45)

Race

See listing under Friday, April 4. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Among Political Prisoners

This 1994 political drama, set in Madrid in 1974, was inspired by director Azucena Rodriguez's own experiences during the last years of Franco's rule. (Chestnut Station, 8:00)

Black Veil

A 1996 Mexican-Dutch documentary by Arjanne Laan about three Mexicans who emigrate to the U.S. On the same program, the short film Soul. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

I Am, From Cuban Son to Salsa

See listing under Sunday, April 6. (Chestnut Station, 8:30)

Yellow Flowers in the Window

A strike in Patagonia and a former prostitute married to a landowner are among the elements of this 1996 feature from Argentina by Victor Jorge Ruiz. (Chestnut Station, 9:00)

Carla's Song

See listing under Saturday, April 5. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9

Videos 3

See listing under Sunday, April 6. (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 3:00)

Strawberry and Chocolate

Neither fish nor fowl, Tomas Gutierrez Alea's touching yet compromised depiction of the persecution of gays in 1979 Havana was directed in collaboration with Juan Carlos Tabio when Alea became ill, and written by Senel Paz (1993). It opts for an extremely broad depiction of gay mannerisms and tastes in its treatment of a campy but committed dilettante whom the hero, a university student and ardent communist, comes in contact with. Controversial in Cuba yet only mildly polemical by American standards, the movie is entertaining and evocative both as storytelling and as a description of intellectual life in Havana, but it also borders on the obvious in certain particulars. With Jorge Perrugoria, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, and Francisco Calorno. (JR) (Chestnut Station, 6:00)

A May-December Affair

A 26-year-old screenwriter leaves Uruguay for Buenos Aires, where an 80-year-old aristocratic woman becomes smitten with him in this 1996 feature by Carlos Galettini. (Chestnut Station, 6:30)

Oedipus Mayor

See listing under Sunday, April 6. (Chestnut Station, 6:45)

Gardel, the Untold Story

A fictional account of the life of tango magician Carlos Gardel (1883-1934) is the focus of this Uruguayan feature by Pablo Rodriguez. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Videos 2

See listing under Friday, April 4. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

Corsico and Dada

See listing under Sunday, April 6. (Chestnut Station, 8:00)

Tokyo-Paraguaipo

A young man in Tokyo who commits a crime is sent by his father to Paraguaipo in a 1996 Venezuelan feature by Leonardo Henriquez. (Chestnut Station, 8:30)

Adam and Eve

A 1995 Portuguese feature by Joaquim Leitao about a lesbian TV actress who wants to find a stranger to impregnate her. (Chestnut Station, 9:00)

Lena's Dream

A 1996 U.S. feature directed by Heather Johnston and Gordon Eriksen about a Cuban-American actress in her mid-30s who's preparing to quit her profession when she's offered a part on Broadway. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

THURSDAY, APRIL 10

Videos 4

See listing under Saturday, April 5. (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 4:00)

The Smooth Talker

See listing under Saturday, April 5. (Chestnut Station, 6:00)

Guantanamera

See listing under Sunday, April 6. (Chestnut Station, 6:30)

Among Political Prisoners

See listing under Tuesday, April 8. (Chestnut Station, 6:45)

Video 1

See listing under Friday, April 4. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

Black Veil

See listing under Tuesday, April 8. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Santera

A 1996 Venezuelan feature by Solveig Hoogesteijn about a woman prisoner arrested for killing her brother-in-law by casting a spell on him. (Chestnut Station, 8:00)

Oedipus Mayor

See listing under Sunday, April 6. (Chestnut Station, 8:30)

Yellow Flowers in the Window

See listing under Tuesday, April 8. (Chestnut Station, 9:00)

Ricardo, Miriam, y Fidel

A 1996 documentary by Christian Frei about a Cuban family's emigration to the U.S. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

The Margaret Mead Traveling Film & Video Festival, coordinated for 25 years by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, will run Friday through Sunday, April 4 through 6, at Columbia College Hokin Center, 623 S. Wabash, and at the Field Museum, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive. Tickets for the Friday screening, which includes a reception, are $20, $18 for members, students, and senior citizens. To attend the Saturday and Sunday screenings you must buy a pass: one-day passes cost $15 and $13; two-day passes are $25 and $22. For more information call 312-322-8854.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4

Me and My Matchmaker

Photojournalist turned filmmaker Mark Wexler, the son of cinematographer and director Haskell Wexler, will present his locally made documentary about a Jewish matchmaker (1996); a discussion moderated by Columbia College's Martha Foster will follow the screening. (Columbia College Hokin Center, 6:00)

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, APRIL 5 AND 6

Chastie (Paradise)

A short 1993 film by Sergey Dvortsevoy that describes life in a shepherds' camp in Kazakhstan. (Field Museum, 9:30 am)

The WAPRA Report

A short, humorous eastern European film about air pollution (1996), directed by Tibor Kocsis. (Field Museum, 10:00 am)

Singsing Tumbuan "Mask Dance"

A 50-minute documentary account by Marsha Berman (1995) of a masked dance performed in Papua New Guinea. (Field Museum, 10:25 am)

Bontoc Elegy

A personal hour-long documentary (1995) by Marlon Fuentes about the Filipino experience at the Saint Louis World's Fair of 1904. (Field Museum, 10:30 am)

Islands on the Edge of Time

An hour-long 1995 film about the struggles of the Palauan people, directed by James Heddle. (Field Museum, 11:20 am)

Holy Ghost People

A 53-minute film from 1968 by Peter Adair about a white Pentecostal group in Appalachia. (Field Museum, 11:30 am)

My Life As a Poster

A short 1995 film by Sashwati Talukdar. (Field Museum, 12:30)

Hopes Soaring High

A savings group formed by Indian women is the focus of this 53-minute work produced in 1994 by the Drishti Collective. (Field Museum, 1:00)

White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men

A half-hour work by Terry Macy and Daniel Hart (1995) about the "appropriation and commercialization of Native American spiritual traditions by non-Indians." (Field Museum, 1:25)

Then There Were None

A half-hour work by Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey (1995) about the radical marginalization of Hawaiians. (Field Museum, 2:00)

Amrit Beeja "The Eternal Seed"

A 43-minute film by Meeran Dewan about the indigenous agricultural knowledge of Indian women. (Field Museum, 2:15)

In Harm's Way

A half-hour 1996 autobiographical work by Jan Krawitz about the consequences of being sexually assaulted by an adult during the 50s. (Field Museum, 2:35)

Margaret Mead: An Observer Observed

A 70-minute documentary from 1996 by Virginia Yans-McLaughlin. (Field Museum, 3:05)

Margaret Mead: Coming of Age

A 52-minute BBC documentary made around 1980. (Field Museum, 3:10)

Absolutely Positive

An 88-minute film (1992) by Peter Adair, in which he investigates his own HIV-positive status and interviews 11 others with the same disease. (Field Museum, 4:00)

Sivas--Home of Poets

An 82-minute study of the Turkish Alevis by Said Manafi and Werner T. Bauer (1995). (Field Museum, 4:15)

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Corisco and Dada film still/ Then There Were None film still.

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