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Chicago Latino Film Festival 88


The fourth annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival will show 50 films, virtually all of them subtitled, from 19 Latin American countries, Spain, and the U.S. (including several independent works from Chicago). All screenings will be held at the Three Penny Cinema, 2424 N. Lincoln, from Friday, September 23, through Sunday, October 2. Ticket prices per program (short and a feature) are $6 for adults, $4 for students, senior citizens, and handicapped persons; a festival pass can be purchased for $50. For information, call 751-3421 or 431-1330.

THE AMBASSADOR FROM INDIA Based on a true incident, Mario Ribero's 1986 Colombian comedy concerns a man from a small Colombian town who impersonates an ambassador from India. (Thursday, September 29, 8:30)

BITTER SEA Antonio Eguino's controversial historical epic blames the loss of Bolivia's coastline and nitrate deposits in the Pacific War of 1879 on the Bolivians in power at the time (1985). Eguino will be present at the screening. On the same program, Maria Barea's documentary short Women of El Planeta focuses on life in a slum of Lima, Peru, and the efforts of two women to change the conditions there. (Friday, September 23, 6:00)

BOLIVAR: A TROPICAL SYMPHONY Diego Risquez, a Venezuelan painter and performance artist, has made four features in Super-8; this is his latest, a survey of Latin American history centered on the figure of Simon Bolivar, the greatest liberator of the 19th-century Spanish colonies. Bolivar is played by two actors--one who embodies the textbook myth of Bolivar as conqueror and ruler, one who plays Bolivar as a genuine revolutionary (DK) On the same program a short by the Uruguayan Experimental Film group, In the Jungle There Is Lots to Do, an animated music adventure. (Sunday, September 25, 2:00)

CRAZY LOLA A comic encounter between a social worker and the Boston Hispanic community is the focus of Enrique Oliver's new feature; Oliver will be present at the screening. On the same program, James Bogan's documentary short, T-Shirt Cantata. (Monday, September 26, 8:45)

DARK HABITS This 1984 comedy by Pedro Almodovar (Law of Desire) sounds like one of his most irreverent: Yolanda, a junkie and nightclub singer, runs to a convent to escape a murder rap, where the freewheeling nuns (who favor such things as LSD and soft-core porn) try to save her soul. On the same program, John Cohen's anthropological short, a Peruvian-Bolivian production, Choquela. (Tuesday, September 27, 6:00)

DIFFICULT DAYS Set in an imaginary Mexican city, Alejandro Pelayo Rangel's feature follows two brothers who are trying to save their business; one gets kidnapped and the other has to choose between saving his brother and saving his business (1987). Actor Alejandro Parodi, who plays the kidnapped brother, will be present at the screening. On the same program, Ramon Rivera Moret's Chicago-made, black-comedy short, Cha Cha Cha (1987). (Saturday, September 24, 6:00)

A GIRLFRIEND FOR DAVID Orlando Rojas's 1985 Cuban comedy, set in a high school in Havana. On the same program, Angelo Restivo's interesting experimental short, Return Trip Tango, based on a story by Julio Cortazar; Restivo will be present at the screening. (Sunday, September 25, 9:00)

HAITIAN CORNER Raoul Peck's feature, filmed in French and Creole, follows the confrontation between an exiled Haitian poet living in Flatbush and a man he believes tortured him in prison (1987). On the same program, Camilo Luzuriaga's documentary short from Ecuador, This Is What We Think (1984). (Saturday, September 24, 2:00)

HEARTSTRINGS: PETER, PAUL & MARY IN CENTRAL AMERICA Ana Carrigan's hour-long documentary account of Peter, Paul & Mary's fact-finding mission to El Salvador and Nicaragua in 1986, which includes concert footage as well as an account of what they saw and heard (1987). (Thursday, September 29, 10:00)

ICEMEN OF CHIMBORAZO Gustavo Guayasamin's 1980 documentary feature from Ecuador shows how the Chimborazo Indians in the Andes make up to $4 a week transporting ice from the glacial snowcaps. (Tuesday, September 27, 8:40)

LATENT IMAGE Pablo Perelman's Chilean feature concerns a professional photographer who becomes obsessed with the question of what happened to his politically active older brother who disappeared eight years before (1987); Perelman will be present at the screening. On the same program, Sara Halprin's short For a Woman in El Salvador Speaking (1983). (Monday, September 26, 6:00)

MALABRIGO Alberto Durant's 1986 Peruvian mystery and suspense thriller follows the wife of a factory worker in a small fishing village who investigates her husband's disappearance; Durant will be present at the screening. On the same program, an autobiographical look at what it means to be a lesbian in Latin America in Susana (1980), a short by Susana Munoz Velarde, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 1985 for her documentary Las Madras de la Plaza de Mayo. (Thursday, September 29, 6:00)

LA MANSION DE ARAUCAIMA Described as a "tropical Gothic," Carlos Mayolo's Colombian feature follows Angela, a TV-commercial model, to a mysterious house in the tropics occupied by several mystertious people (1986). On the same program, Dario Sanmiguel's 1986 Chicago-made short Mary, about a couple's faith and love during wartime. Directors Sanmiguel and Mayolo will be present. (Wednesday, September 28, 6:00)

LA NEGRITA: THE MIRACLE OF OUR LADY OF LOS ANGELES The first feature filmed in Costa Rica, directed by Richard Yniguez, is based on a 17th-century legend in which a woodcutter (Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini) sees five apparitions of the Virgin Mary after her village is devastated by a volcanic explosion (1985). Bonilla Giannini, who also wrote and produced the film with her husband, Yniguez, will be present at the screening. On the same program, Juan Padron's Cuban animated short, Quinoscopio (1986). (Friday, September 23, 9:00)

A ONE WAY TICKET A true adventure story about 40 young men from Santo Domingo who stow away in a ship bound for the U.S.; a new film from the Dominican Republic, directed by Agliberto Melendez, who will be present at the screening. On the same program, Maria Novaro's Mexican fictional short, An Island Surrounded by Water (1985). (Sunday, September 25, 6:00)

OPERA DO MALANDRO Ruy Guerra's attempt to do a kind of version of The Threepenny Opera, set in Rio de Janeiro in the 40s and adapted from a play by singer-composer Chico Buarque (Bye Bye Brazil), is surprisingly slick--visually striking, but on the whole a disappointing effort from an important director; Claudia Ohana heads the cast and will be present at the screening. On the same program, Enrique Oliver's satirical autobiography about his Cuban background, Photo Album, made in the U.S. (1986). (Saturday, September 24, 9:00)

TESORO Diego de la Texera's 1987 Puerto Rican feature, to be shown without subtitles, concerns three teenagers who find an old pirate's treasure map and sail the Caribbean looking for the fortune. On the same program, Carlos Ferrand's prizewinning docudrama, Cimarrones, about a hidden society of escaped African slaves in 19th-century Latin America, with a music score by black Peruvian musicologist Carlos Havre. Director de la Texera and actor Xavier Serbie will be present. (Wednesday, September 28, 8:45)

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