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Mexican Cinema: Literature in Film

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Mexican Cinema: Literature in Film

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago presents this showcase of classic and contemporary Mexican films adapted from literature. Screenings are at the Three Penny, 2424 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $8, $6 for ILCC members. For more information call 312-431-1330.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22

Two Crimes

A young man falsely implicated in a murder flees Mexico City and hides in a small town with his rich uncle, but the uncle's other family members fear the visitor will deprive them of their inheritance. Roberto Sneider wrote and directed this 1995 comedy, adapting a novel by Jorge Ibarguengoitia. (7:00)

To Die in the Gulf

This 1989 feature, set in a small town, concerns a landlord's power struggle with a politician and his beautiful wife, complicated by a journalist's infatuation with the wife. Alejandro Pelayo directed; based on a novel by Hector Aguilar Camin. (9:00)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23

Married Life

Luis Carlos Carrera's 1993 adaptation of a comic novel by Sergio Pitol chronicles four stormy decades of a bourgeois marriage. The husband (Alonso Echanove), a salesman turned resort developer, habitually seduces his secretaries; in retaliation his bored, neurotic wife (Socorro Bonilla) plots to murder him, conspiring with a succession of lovers. Carrera's tone careens from trashy cynicism to the sort of empathetic camp associated with Pedro Almodovar, but his evocation of Mexico's gaudy, corrupt nouveau riche in the 50s is highly effective. (TS) (7:00)

The Virgins' Corner

A junk dealer tries to set a group of women straight about the man they consider a miracle worker. Alberto Isaac directed this 1972 film, adapted from a novel by Juan Rulfo. (9:00)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24

To Die in the Gulf

See listing for Friday, October 22. (6:00)

The Realm of Fortune

Arturo Ripstein directed this 1986 feature about a young man whose life is transformed after he nurses a fighting rooster back to health. Adapted from Juan Rulfo's novel El gallo de oro. (8:00)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25

Time to Die

Mexican director Arturo Ripstein's first feature (1966) was scripted by novelists Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Carlos Fuentes. A man returns to his village after 18 years in prison for his unwilling role in a duel, and the son of his victim tries to force him into a second one. With Marga Lopez and Jorge Martinez de Hoyos. (7:00)

Married Life

See listing for Saturday, October 23. (9:00)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26

The Virgins' Corner

See listing for Saturday, October 23. (7:00)

Pedro Paramo

Carlos Fuentes wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of Juan Rulfo's novel, about a wealthy landowner obsessed with a woman he cannot have. Carlos Velo directed this 1966 feature. (9:00)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27

Two Crimes

See listing for Friday, October 22. (7:00)

The Realm of Fortune

See listing for Sunday, October 24. (9:00)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28

Pedro Paramo

See listing for Tuesday, October 26. (7:00)

Time to Die

See listing for Monday, October 25. (9:00)

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