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The eleventh annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, runs from Friday, March 24, 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 the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson; at the International Cinema Museum, 319 W. Erie; at the Rosary College Recital Hall/Fine Arts Bldg., 7900 W. Division, River Forest; 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 Ct.; at Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 2011 W. Pershing; at International House, 1414 E. 59th St.; 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 opening and closing nights, Mexican Night, and the anniversary celebration--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 24

Living Together

A 1994 Argentinean feature directed by Carlos Galettini about the changes brought about in the lives of two male friends in their 50s by a young woman. (Three Penny, 6:45)

Burn Me

A first feature from Spain (1994) by Hector Carre about a businessman's son who becomes the pawn in a plot to blackmail his father. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Land of Darkness

A Mexican-American production by Adrian Rudomin--a first feature, made over a five-year period in black and white, about an idealistic priest who's accidentally recruited into the army during the Mexican Revolution. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

The Devil Never Sleeps

An independent U.S. feature by Lourdes Portillo in which the filmmaker returns to her home town in northern Mexico to investigate the murder of her uncle. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 7:00)

The Strategy of the Snail

A group of eccentric tenants in Bogota join forces to combat a greedy landlord who wants to evict them in a 1993 Colombian feature by Sergio Cabrera. This is the festival's opening-night attraction. (Film Center, 8:00)

Vidas secas

An early (1963) example of Brazilian "cinema novo," directed by the founder of the school, Nelson Pereira dos Santos. Using a nonprofessional cast, it describes the grim existence of Brazilian peasants, in a style springing equally from neorealism and anthropological documentary. The title translates as "barren lives." (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)

Short Films 3

Short films from Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Portugal, and Spain. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

Videos 2

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

SATURDAY, MARCH 25

Videos 10

Videos from the U.S. and Mexico. (Facets Multimedia, 6:30)

Just a Normal Life

A 1993 Portuguese comedy about a man's mid-life crisis by writer-director Joaquim Leitao. (Three Penny, 6:45)

Living Together

See listing under Friday, March 24. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Short Films 5

Shorts from the U.S., Colombia, Canada, and Mexico. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 7:00)

Short Films 4

Films from Spain, Mexico, and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Videos 6

Videos from the U.S. and Mexico. (Facets Multimedia, 8:30)

Buccaneer Soul

See Critic's Choice. (Three Penny, 8:45)

The Shipwrecked

A 1994 Chilean film by Miguel Littin, made after a long exile, deals with a fictional hero who returns to Chile after 20 years of exile. (Three Penny, 9:00)

Short Films 2

Short films from Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Spain. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

Videos 5

Two Cuban documentaries. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 9:00)

SUNDAY, MARCH 26

Burn Me

See listing under Friday, March 24. (Three Penny, 6:15)

A Thousand and One

A first feature from Brazil by Susana Moraes--a love story about a woman making a film about the life of Marcel Duchamp. (Three Penny, 6:30)

Land of Darkness

See listing under Friday, March 24. (Facets Multimedia, 6:30)

Short Films 7

Three shorts from the U.S. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 6:30)

The Devil Never Sleeps

See listing under Friday, March 24. (International House, 7:00)

Alejandro

A 1994 documentary feature by Guillermo Escalon from El Salvador about artist Alejandro Cotto. (Rosary College, 7:30)

Desert Seas

A Mexican feature directed by Jose Luis Garcia Agraz about a a filmmaker in his 30s experiencing a crisis after his wife leaves him. (Three Penny, 8:15)

No Mercy

A Peruvian updating of Crime and Punishment by Francisco Lombardi. (Three Penny, 8:30)

Vidas secas

See listing under Friday, March 24. (Facets Multimedia, 8:30)

Videos 3

A documentary and a docudrama from Brazil. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 8:30)

MONDAY, MARCH 27

Alejandro

See listing under Sunday, March 26. (Chicago Circle Center, 5:00)

Living Together

See listing under Friday, March 24. (Three Penny, 6:45)

The Strategy of the Snail

See listing under Friday, March 24. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Short Films 10

Two films from the U.S. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 7:00)

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, 7:00)

Short Films 5

See listing under Saturday, March 25. (International House, 7:00)

Videos 2

See listing under Friday, March 24. (Coumbia College Residence Hall, 7:00)

The Trap

A gothic tale from Uruguay, directed by Julio Porley and Ricardo Islas. To be shown on video with A Look at Uruguay. (Rosary College, 7:30)

Buccaneer Soul

See Critic's Choice. (Three Penny, 8:45)

The Shipwrecked

See listing under Saturday, March 25. (Three Penny, 9:00)

Just a Normal Life

See listing under Saturday, March 25. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

Videos 6

See listing under Saturday, March 25. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 9:00)

TUESDAY, MARCH 28

Assassin for Hire

The second feature (1994) of Venezuelan director Jose Ramon Navoa, about juvenile delinquency in Colombia. (Three Penny, 6:45)

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, 7:00)

Short Films 11

Four short films from Chile and the U.S. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 7:00)

Desert Seas

See listing under Sunday, March 26. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Short Films 10

See listing under Monday, March 27. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

Videos 5

See listing under Saturday, March 25. (Columbia College Residence Hall, 7:00)

Alejandro

See listing under Sunday, March 26

(International House, 7:00)

Welcome

A 1994 Mexican feature by Gabriel Retes about a group of filmmakers shooting the story of an antique-books scholar who may have contracted AIDS through sexual infidelity. A special screening presented by the Mexican consulate and the Mexican Cultural Institute, with higher ticket prices. (International Cinema Museum, 7:00)

. . . And the Earth Didn't Swallow Him

A 1994 feature from the U.S. by Severo Perez about a 12-year-old Chicano migrant worker and his family moving through the midwest and southern Texas during the early 50s. (Three Penny, 8:45)

No Mercy

See listing under Sunday, March 26. (Three Penny, 9:00)

Videos 1

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

Short Films 4

See listing under Saturday, March 25. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29

Crossroads and Raza

Two short films, from Canada and Mexico. (Chicago Circle Center, 2:00)

Short Films 8

Short films from Puerto Rico and the U.S. (Chicago Circle Center, 5:00)

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. (Three Penny, 6:45)

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. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Short Films 3

See listing under Friday, March 24. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

The Trap

See listing under Monday, March 27. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 7:00)

Short Films 7

See listing under Sunday, March 26. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

Videos 10

See listing under Saturday, March 25. (Columbia College Residence Hall, 7:00)

Videos 14

Two videos from Mexico. (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)

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. (International Cinema Museum, 7:00)

Short Films 10

See listing under Monday, March 27. (International House, 7:00)

A Thousand and One

See listing under Sunday, March 26. (Three Penny, 8:45)

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, 9:00)

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. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

Videos 4

Three videos from Chile and the U.S. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 9:00)

THURSDAY, MARCH 30

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, 6:45)

Welcome

See listing under Tuesday, March 28. (Three Penny, 7:00)

Assassin for Hire

See listing under Tuesday, March 28. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Short Films 5

See listing under Saturday, March 25. (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00)

Videos 5

See listing under Saturday, March 25. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

Videos 8

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

The Trap

See listing under Monday, March 27. To be shown with a short film from the U.S., Everything Changes. (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)

Short Films 11

See listing under Tuesday, March 28. (International House, 7:00)

Videos 7

Three videos from Puerto Rico. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 7:00)

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, re-enters his life. (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)

. . . And the Earth Didn't Swallow Him

See listing under Tuesday, March 28. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

Videos 11

A feature-length Puerto Rican docudrama composed of four stories. (Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 9:00)

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