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The 11th annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, continues from Friday, March 31, through Monday, April 3. Film and video screenings will be at the Three Penny, 2424 N. Lincoln; at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; at Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division; at Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 1999 South Campus Dr., Evanston; at Northeastern Illinois Univ., 5500 N. Saint Louis; at Columbia College Residence Hall, 731 S. Plymount; at Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 2011 W. Pershing; at International House, 1414 E. 59th St.; at Univ. of Chicago Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis; and at Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted. Ticket prices are $6, $5 for students, senior citizens, and disabled persons, and $4 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. A few special events cost more, and some screenings are free. Festival passes--good for all screenings except closing night--are $80, $65 for students, senior citizens, and diabled persons, and $50 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. For more information call 431-1330.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31

Songs of the Homeland

An hour-long video documentary from the U.S. about Tejano music. On the same program, a fiction short from the U.S., Lost Soul. (Chicago Circle Center, 4:00)

Araya

A well-known Venezuelan feature (1959) by Margot Benacerraf, winner of the Cannes film festival's international critics' award. (Three Penny, 6:45)

All the Way

A first feature from Mexico (1994) by Fernando Sarinana, a crime melodrama. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Short Films 1

Three short films from Venezuela, one a coproduction with Poland. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Short Films 6

Short films from Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Mexico. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 7:00)

Short Films 9

Five shorts from Ecuador, Mexico, and the U.S. (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00)

Videos 10

Videos from the U.S. and Mexico. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

Miss Amerigua

An annual beauty pageant in a small town in Paraguay is the focus of this 1994 feature by Chilean-born director Luis R. Vera. (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)

Short Films 8

Short films from Puerto Rico and the U.S. (International House, 7:00)

Videos 4

Three videos from Chile and the U.S. (Columbia College Residence Hall, 7:00)

The Zeppelin

This 1994 political thriller directed by Pablo Dotta is the first feature made in Uruguay in almost 30 years. (Three Penny, 8:45)

Alegre ma non troppo

A 1993 Spanish comedy directed by Fernando Colomo about the problems of a gay member of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra. (Three Penny, 9:00)

Karibe kon tempo

A landscape painter living in a seaside hut is persuaded to go to New York in this 1994 Venezuelan feature by director, actor, and writer Diego Risquez. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

Videos 1

Three works from Argentina. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 9:00)

SATURDAY, APRIL 1

Videos 8

Three videos from the U.S. (Facets Multimedia, 6:30)

Miss Amerigua

See listing under Friday, March 31. (Three Penny, 6:45)

My Soul Brother

A 1993 Spanish feature directed by Mariano Barroso about the problems encountered by a yuppie when his brother, whom he hasn't seen in a decade, reenters his life. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Two Brothers, One Sister

Maria de Madeiros (Pulp Fiction) stars as a 20-year-old killer in Lisbon who's fleeing from the police, in a 1994 Portuguese melodrama by Teresa Villaverde. I only sampled this, but it looked pretty interesting. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Videos 12

Three videos from the Dominican Republic. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 7:00)

Short Films 11

Four short films from Chile and the U.S. (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00)

All the Way

See listing under Friday, March 31. (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)

Short Films 6

See listing under Friday, March 31. (International House, 7:00)

Videos 13

Four videos from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia, 8:30)

Man Facing Southeast

A peculiar SF allegory about a mental patient in Buenos Aires who claims to be from another planet, this probably has the second best use of the climax from Beethoven's Ninth in a film (after Tarkovsky's Stalker). Not for every taste, and perhaps a bit deja vu for spectators who've encountered too many versions of this visionary Christian parable elsewhere, but otherwise odd enough to warrant a look (1988). Directed by Eliseo Subiela, with Lorenzo Quinteros, Hugo Soto, and Ines Vernego. (Three Penny, 8:45)

The Daughter of the Puma

A Danish-Guatemalan production directed by Ulf Hultberg and Asa Faringer--a political thriller based on a novel by Monica Zak. (Three Penny, 9:00)

Short Films 1

See listing under Friday, March 31. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

Videos 7

Three videos from Puerto Rico. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 9:00)

Short Films 7

Three shorts from the U.S. (International House, 9:00)

SUNDAY, APRIL 2

Videos 3

A documentary and a docudrama from Brazil. (Univ. of Chicago Cobb Hall, 5:00)

Araya

See listing under Friday, March 31. (Three Penny, 6:15)

Tango Bar

Raul Julia, Valeria Lynch, and Ruben Juarez star in this rather enervating musical (1988) about the tango--a Puerto Rican-Argentinean production directed by Marcos Zurinaga from a script he wrote with Jose Pablo Feinnman and Juan Carlos Codazzi. Set in Buenos Aires, the film centers on a cabaret show and its three stars, who form a menage a trois offstage. The main problem is that, as in many low-budget backstage musicals, the narrative is so slight that it barely seems to justify its existence. But some of the actual tangos are well executed and nicely photographed, and there's a series of enjoyable clips from American, European, and Latin American films in which tangos are featured. This screening is intended as a special tribute to the late Julia, so special ticket prices apply. (Three Penny, 6:30)

Short Films 2

Short films from Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Spain. (Facets Multimedia, 6:30)

Short Films 8

See listing under Friday, March 31. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 6:30)

Videos 9

Five shorts from the U.S. and Argentina. (Univ. of Chicago Cobb Hall, 7:00)

Short Films 6

See listing under Friday, March 31. (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00)

Short Films 9

See listing under Friday, March 31. (International House, 7:00)

Amnesia

I didn't last to the end of this Chilean political thriller by Gonzalo Justiniano when it showed last month at the Berlin film festival, but perhaps it got better. It's about a man who accidentally runs into someone who 30 years before, as a fellow concentration-camp guard, ordered him to torture and kill war prisoners. (Three Penny, 8:15)

Memories of Prison

This 1984 feature by Brazilian master Nelson Pereira dos Santos is based on the book of the same title by Graciliano Ramos, who was imprisoned for a year in the mid-1930s during a crackdown by dictator Getulio Vargas. (Three Penny, 8:30)

The Zeppelin

See listing under Friday, March 31. (Facets Multimedia, 8:30)

Videos 11

A feature-length Puerto Rican docudrama composed of four stories. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 8:30)

MONDAY, APRIL 3

All the Way

See listing under Friday, March 31. (Three Penny, 6:45)

Man Facing Southeast

See listing under Saturday, April 1. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Two Brothers, One Sister

See listing under Saturday, April 1. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Videos 9

See listing under Sunday, April 2. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 7:00)

Videos 13

See listing under Saturday, April 1. (Columbia College Residence Hall, 7:00)

At the Other Side of the Tunnel

Fernando Rey's last performance is as one of two screenwriters working in a monastery in Aragon in this 1994 Spanish feature directed by Jaime de Arminan. (Three Penny, 8:45)

The Century of Enlightenment

A 1993 Cuban feature based on Alejo Carpentier's epic novel of the same title, set in the 18th century and involving populist uprisings in France, Spain, and Haiti; Humberto Solas directed. (Three Penny, 9:00)

Rio, 40 Degrees

The first feature (1955) of Nelson Pereira dos Santos, the father of "cinema novo," this gritty neorealist film about five slum children is one of the essential works of the Brazilian cinema. Highly recommended. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

Videos 12

See listing under Saturday, April 1. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 9:00)

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