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The fourth annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival is showing 50 films, virtually all of them subtitled, from 19 Latin American countries, Spain, and the U.S. (including several independent works from Chicago). Screenings will continue at the Three Penny Cinema, 2424 N. Lincoln, from Friday, September 30, through Sunday, October 2. Ticket prices per program (short and a feature) are $6 for adults, $4 for students, senior citizens, and handicapped persons. For information, call 751-3421 or 431-1330.

ALMACITA, SOUL OF DESOLATO Folklorish fantasy by Curacao-born director Felix De Rooy, about the virginal priestess of a West Indian animistic cult who gives birth to a child after being seduced by an evil spirit; forced from her ancestral village, she eventually sets out on a purifying quest that brings her into contact with powerful mystical forces. With Marian Rolle and Nydia Ecury and cinematography by Ernest Dickerson (of Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It and John Sayles's The Brother From Another Planet). (PG) On the same program, Ricardo Block's Mexican short The Persistence of Memory, an autobiographical film by a French-Jewish filmmaker born and raised in Mexico, featuring found footage and home-movie excerpts (1984). (Sunday, October 2, 2:00)

CLANDESTINO DESTINO This new Mexican feature by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo (Dona Herlinda and Her Son), set at the turn of the century, follows two girls and a young male homosexual who are trying to help a friend who has attempted suicide (1987). On the same program, Juan Valdivia's Transients, a fiction short filmed in northern Michigan and the Illinois farmlands (1987). (Saturday, October 1, 9:00)

HIGH NOON After many years of being vastly overrated, it's possible that this liberal, "adult" western of 1952 is underrated in some quarters today. Admittedly, the film angered Howard Hawks into making one of his masterpieces, Rio Bravo, as a kind of rebuttal, and it's the kind of message movie that got smothered in Oscars when it came out; still, the film is not entirely devoid of virtues. Gary Cooper is a sheriff about to retire (so he can marry Grace Kelly) who has to face a final gunfight alone when all of the townspeopie refuse to help him. Carl Foreman wrote the script and planned to direct until the Hollywood blacklist made this impossible; Fred Zinnemann took over and did a fairly good job of milking suspense out of the situation--despite some tricks and cheating, the film's 85 minutes are supposed to correspond to the actual time in which the plot unfolds--with his usual somewhat mechanical polish. Some of the results ring false, but the memorable theme song and some equally memorable character acting (by Thomas Mitchell and Lon Chaney more than Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado) help things along. Katy Jurado, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the film, will be present at the screening. On the same program, Raimiro Lacayo's 1985 Nicaraguan short, based on a short story by Sergio Ramirez Mercado (vice president of Nicaragua), The Centerfielder. (Sunday, October 2, 8:30)

THE LEMON GROVE INCIDENT Frank Christopher directed this 1985 U.S. documentary, which re-creates the community struggle of Mexican Americans in a California rural town in 1931--a struggle that resulted in the first successful challenge to school segregation in the U.S.; producer Paul Espinosa will be present at the screening. On the same program, a 1987 Guatemalan documentary by Pat Goudvis and Robert Richter, Under the Gun: Democracy in Guatemala. (Sunday, October 2, 6:00)

MANUEL & CLEMENTE Javier Palmero's 1987 Spanish feature--based on a true story about the founding of the archconservative sect, the Carmelites of the Holy Shroud--concerns two little girls who claim to see the Virgin Mary in a vision, which occasions a swarm of would-be visionaries in their town. Palmero will be present at the screening. On the same program, Roberta Cantow's silent, abstract U.S. short Illuminada, filmed in Mexico (1986). (Friday, September 30, 6:00)

SERA POSIBLE EL SUR: MERCEDES SOSA SINGS This Argentinean-West German production, a documentary by Stefan Paul, follows the Argentinean folksinger Mercedes Sosa on her triumphant return to Argentina in 1984 after six years of forced exile during the military dictatorship (1985). On the same program, Fernando Somarraibas's hour-long Nicaraguan documentary Children of the River (1987) explores the Miskito Indians, the country's largest indigenous group. (Saturday, October 1, 2:00)

SUBWAY TO THE STARS The latest feature of Brazilian director Carlos Diegues (Bye Bye Brazil), set in the underworld of Rio de Janeiro, follows an innocent young saxophone player who encounters policemen, prostitutes, poets, and others in his search for his girlfriend. On the same program, Rolando Diaz's Cuban documentary short Controversia focuses on the battle between the sexes. (Friday, September 30, 8:45)

TELL THEM NOT TO KILL ME Freddy Siso Rivas directed this 1984 feature from Venezuela about a man who has to deliver his elderly father over to soldiers for a murder that the old man committed 35 years earlier; with Asdrubal Melendez and Flor Nunoz. Rivas will be present at the screening. On the same program: Warrington Hudlin's U.S. short Capoeria of Brazil (1980), which deals with the art of fighting practiced by African slaves during escape attempts from their Brazilian masters. (Saturday, October 1, 6:00)

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