Chicago Latino Film Festival | Festival | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Festival

Chicago Latino Film Festival

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

The final three days of a ten-day festival of features, shorts, and documentaries from 16 Latin American countries, Spain, and the United States, sponsored by Columbia College. All screenings will be held at Columbia College Getz Theatre, 72 E. 11 th St., Friday, June 26, through Sunday, June 28. Tickets prices are $4, $3 students and seniors, and cover a whole evening's program; for information, call 782-4211.

THE REAL THING Peter Schnall's documentary on the role multinational corporations play in undermining nascent Central American labor movements. Martin Sheen narrates. This half-hour film will be followed by three other short features: Andrea Gomez's Nigun, on a theme of childbirth as primal myth; Olga Gambis's student film Little Angela, about a young girl's rites of adolescent passage; and Juan Valdivia's Swamp, awarded the best-director prize at the 1986 Festival of Illinois Film and Video Artists. (PG) (Friday, June 26, 6:45)

CARMEN CARRASCAL Half-hour documentary study of a Colombian basket weaver and the problems she experiences as a result of conflicting craft and domestic responsibilities. Sara Bright directed. (PG) (Friday, June 26, 8:30)

COURAGE OF THE PEOPLE Jorge Sanjines's agitprop dramatization of a 1967 massacre that pitted Bolivian government forces against a cadre of striking miners and their families. (PG) (Friday, June 26, 9:00)

MACHITO: A LATIN JAZZ LEGACY The life of the celebrated Latin jazz musician Machito becomes the framework for a history of Latin jazz in New York City from the 1920s to the present. The film includes interviews with Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Tito Puente; Carlos Ortiz directed. (DK) (Saturday, June 27, 6:30)

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER A 1971 film by Cuban director Sara Gomez. An educated woman sent to teach in a slum neighborhood falls in love with one of her pupils, and their romance becomes an image of the difficulties faced in building a classless society. Gomez died before the shooting was completed, and the film was finished by Tomas Gutierrez Alea, the director of Memories of Underdevelopment. (DK) Joe Alongi, Pepe Vargas, and John Sabo's Chicago short World of Gangs will follow the Gomez feature. (Saturday, June 27, 7:30)

THE UPRISING The final weeks of the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua as re-created by German-based political filmmaker Peter Lilienthal. The action centers on a middle-aged revolutionary (Carlos Cantania) struggling to convince his son (Agustin Pereira), a member of Somoza's army, to join the cause. With Oscar Castillo and a supporting cast drawn from actual participants in the events. (DK) (Saturday, June 27, 9:20)

TODOS LOS SANTOS Documentary about an annual celebration of the harvest in Guatemala and the migratory movements of plantation workers that accompany it; Olivia Carrescia directed. Andrea Gomez's Bus Stop, a short film about Detroit street life, follows the 40-minute feature. (PG) (Sunday, June 28, 2:00)

THE LITTLE COACH Another assault on bourgeois respectability by Italian comedy maverick Marco Ferreri (La grande bouffe, I Love You), about a spry family patriarch who insists on having his own motorized wheelchair so he can hang out with his disabled cronies. (PG) (Sunday, June 28, 3:00)

CAFE Colombian filmmaker German Gutierrez's documentary on coffee capitalism and the effects it has on his nation's economy. (PG) (Sunday, June 28, 6:00)

UN CHIEN ANDALOU There's no use explaining this film; it's simply something you have to go and look at and look at again. Audiences have been doing just that since 1928, when Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali cooked up this surrealist masterpiece--replete with donkeys in pianos, eyes being slit by razors, breasts dissolving into buttocks, ad infinitum. At the time of its release, the film was revolutionary in the sense that it uses no "cinematic" flummery--Bunuel and Dali put everything into a rational framework, and this makes the film crazier even than it first appears. Anyway, have fun. (DD) (Sunday, June 28, 7:20)

SIMON OF THE DESERT Forty-five minutes of perfect filmmaking. Luis Bunuel tells the story of San Simeon Stylites, the desert martyr who stood for 25 years atop a pillar, and the efforts of the devil to coax him down. Since the devil is played by Mexican musical star Silvia Pinal, her temptations aren't the usual ones. Bunuel's wit is piercingly sharp, his timing impeccable, and his visual style is superbly unobtrusive and naturalistic--proving again how much realism is required in surrealism. With Claudio Brook as Simon (1965). (DK) Simon will be followed by Martine Lefevre's 1980 Bunuel interview, Petite confession filmee de Luis Bunuel. (Sunday, June 28, 7:35)

THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE Luis Bunuel explores the problematic relationship between lover and beloved as an aging aristocrat (Fernando Rey) yearns after an unattainable young woman, Conchita--who, since she is played by two different actresses, is both more and less than a standard movie character. Constantly changing, she is unknowable, complicated, perverse, but she is also an eternal erotic principle. Bunuel draws his paradoxes--is it love or sex, sadism or masochism, life or death?--with a perfectly clear, perfectly impregnable style. The old surrealist created another masterpiece in this, his final film. (DK) (Sunday, June 28, 9:10)

Add a comment