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The 13th annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, continues from Friday, April 11, through Monday, April 14. Film and video screenings will be at the Chestnut Station, 850 N. Clark; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 2011 W. Pershing; First Chicago Center, 1 S. Dearborn; and Calles y Suenos, 1900 S. Carpenter. Tickets for most programs are $7.50, $6.50 for students, senior citizens, and disabled persons, and $6 for Chicago Latino Cinema members; the closing-night screening of Hi, Are You Alone? costs $25, $15 for members, which includes cocktails and a buffet. Festival passes, good for 15 screenings excluding special events, are $70, $60 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. For more information call 312-431-1330.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11

Between Marx and a Naked Woman

A satirical comedy and fantasy from Ecuador (1996) set during the 60s, directed by Camilo Luzuriaga. The central character is called the "Author," and many of the other characters are friends of his who are in the Communist Party. (Chestnut Station, 6:00)

Videos 7

Two video documentaries, one about Mexican matador Carlos Arruza and his friendship with U.S. filmmaker Budd Boetticher, the other about a former homeless prostitute transvestite who discovers he's HIV positive. (Facets Multimedia, 6:30)

I Am, From Cuban Son to Salsa

A 1996 documentary about Caribbean music, directed by Rigoberto Lopez Pego. (Chestnut Station, 6:30)

How Angels Are Born

A 1996 Brazilian crime thriller set in Rio, directed by Murilo Salles. (Chestnut Station, 6:45)

Yellow Flowers in the Window

A strike in Patagonia and a former prostitute married to a landowner are among the elements of this 1996 feature from Argentina by Victor Jorge Ruiz. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Videos 3

Videos from Chile and Uruguay. (Calles y Suenos, 7:00)

Corisco and Dada

A crime story set in the 20s in Bahia, Brazil, directed by Rosemberg Cariry (1996). (Chestnut Station, 8:00)

Videos 10

Videos from Spain and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:00)

The Ship of the American Dream

Based on a true story, this 1996 Colombian-Mexican-Venezuelan production, directed by Ciro Duran, is about six stowaways bound for New York. (Chestnut Station, 8:30)

A May-December Affair

A 26-year-old screenwriter leaves Uruguay for Buenos Aires, where an 80-year-old aristocratic woman becomes smitten with him in this 1996 feature by Carlos Galettini. (Chestnut Station, 9:00)

Tokyo-Paraguaipo

A young man in Tokyo who commits a crime is sent by his father to Paraguaipo in a 1996 Venezuelan feature by Leonardo Henriquez. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

Videos 4

Three videos from Chile. (Facets Multimedia Center, 4:00)

Adam and Eve

A 1995 Portuguese feature by Joaquim Leitao about a lesbian TV actress who wants to find a stranger to impregnate her. (Facets Multimedia Center, 4:30)

Gardel, the Untold Story

A fictional account of the life of tango magician Carlos Gardel (1883-1934) is the focus of this Uruguayan feature by Pablo Rodriguez. (Chestnut Station, 5:30)

Videos 5

Three videos from the U.S. and Colombia. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)

The Ship of the American Dream

See listing under Friday, April 11. Chestnut Station, 6:00)

Land and Freedom

Ken Loach, perhaps the most accomplished and intelligent Marxist practitioner of social realism left in England, stretches his impressive talents to depict the Spanish civil war from the point of view of a young unemployed communist from Liverpool (Ian Hart) who joins the republican anti-Franco forces (1995). Scripted by Jim Allen, who also wrote Loach's Raining Stones, this is historically convincing as well as gripping--Loach near his passionate best--and, far from offering a standard defense of the communist position, presents a detailed revisionist critique of the party's betrayal of other leftist factions in Spain. With Rosana Pastor, Iciar Bollain, Tom Gilroy, and Frederic Pierrot. (JR) (Chestnut Station, 6:15)

A May-December Affair

See listing under Friday, April 11. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

Julio and His Angels

An eight-year-old boy leaves an orphanage to seek out his guardian angel, who winds up accompanying him on adventures, in this 1995 Mexican feature with an original folkloric musical score; Jorge Cervera Jr. directed. (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)

Santera

A 1996 Venezuelan feature by Solveig Hoogesteijn about a woman prisoner arrested for killing her brother-in-law by casting a spell on him. (Chestnut Station, 7:30)

Guantanamera

The last feature (1995) of the late Cuban director Tomas Gutierrez Alea (Memories of Underdevelopment, The Last Supper)--a comedy about a solution for the gasoline shortage hatched at an undertakers' convention. (Chestnut Station, 8:00)

Videos 6

Videos from Cuba and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:00)

A Starry Sky

A Brazilian fiction feature by Tata Amaral about women's roles in Brazilian society, to be shown with the short film Single Flowers. (Chestnut Station, 8:30)

Lena's Dream

A 1996 U.S. feature directed by Heather Johnston and Gordon Eriksen about a Cuban-American actress in her mid-30s who's preparing to quit her profession when she's offered a part on Broadway. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

Ilona Arrives With the Rain

A 1996 Colombian adaptation of a novel by Alvaro Mutis, directed by Sergio Cabrera. (Chestnut Station, 9:30)

Among Political Prisoners

This 1994 political drama, set in Madrid in 1974, was inspired by director Azucena Rodriguez's own experiences during the last years of Franco's rule. (Chestnut Station, 10:00)

Under the Skin

Directed by Francisco Lombardi, this 1996 detective story set in northern Peru is about a series of crimes linked to the violent rituals of the Moches, a pre-Inca civilization. (Chestnut Station, 10:15)

SUNDAY, APRIL 13

How Angels Are Born

See listing under Friday, April 11. (Chestnut Station, 4:00)

Videos 7

See listing under Friday, April 11. (Facets Multimedia Center, 4:00)

Julio and His Angel

See listing under Saturday, April 12. (Chestnut Station, 4:30)

The Last Supper

Political allegory from Cuba, directed by Tomas Gutierrez Alea (1976). An 18th-century plantation owner invites 12 of his slaves to join him for a Good Friday dinner, stretching the bounds of unconscious irony to their absolute limit. Alea's essay on Christian idealism undercut by capitalist reality isn't up to his earlier Memories of Underdevelopment--it's too schematic and a little too obvious at times. Still, it's a very handsome production, photographed in lush capitalist color. (DK) (Facets Multimedia Center, 4:30)

Land and Freedom

See listing under Saturday, April 12. (Chestnut Station, 5:00)

Carla's Song

The latest feature of Ken Loach (1996)--set in 1987, and written by Paul Laverty--is a love story about a Nicaraguan refugee living in Glasgow and the local bus driver she meets. For reasons best known to itself, this film's U.S. distributor has requested that it not be reviewed at present. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)

Butterflies on the Scaffold

A 1996 U.S.-Cuban documentary about drag queens in a community outside of Havana; Margaret Gilpin and Luis Felipe Bernaza directed. On the same program, a short tribute to the late Cuban director Tomas Gutierrez Alea. Both works will be shown on video. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)

Out in the Open

A 1995 Venezuelan feature directed by Luis Armando Roche about two European naturalists in the late 18th century--one gay and one straight--searching for the mythical Casiquiare River. (Chestnut Station, 6:00)

Between Marx and a Naked Woman

See listing under Friday, April 11. (Chestnut Station, 6:30)

A Starry Sky

See listing under Saturday, April 12. (Chestnut Station, 7:00)

Videos 9

Half a dozen videos from the U.S. (Calles y Suenos, 7:00)

Videos 1

Two videos from Puerto Rico. (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:00)

The Smooth Talker

A 1996 dramatic comedy from Argentina about a salesman, directed by Santiago Carlos Oves. (Chestnut Station, 8:15)

Bicycles Are for Summertime

A 1983 Spanish feature by Jaime Chavarri set during the Spanish civil war. (Chestnut Station, 8:30)

Death of a Bureaucrat

A pleasant, very funny social comedy with a faint black lining. The film is full of hommages to silent comics--a Laurel and Hardy scene from Two Tars, some precipice tottering from Harold Lloyd--but its taste for quaint caricature and topical satire places it closer to the Ealing comedies made in Britain in the 50s. Amazingly, it was actually made in Cuba in 1966, by a director, Tomas Gutierrez Alea, who later traded his comic sense for social allegory (Memories of Underdevelopment, The Last Supper). (DK) (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:30)

Earth

This is a rather overextended and dull 1996 tale about a Spanish soil fumigator, his work at a vineyard, and his relationship to two women; Julio Medem directed. (JR) (Chestnut Station, 9:00)

MONDAY, APRIL 14

Brazilian shorts

Seven short films made in 1995 and 1996. (Chestnut Station, 6:00)

Strawberry and Chocolate

Neither fish nor fowl, Tomas Gutierrez Alea's touching yet compromised depiction of the persecution of gays in 1979 Havana was directed in collaboration with Juan Carlos Tabio when Alea became ill, and written by Senel Paz (1993). It opts for an extremely broad depiction of gay mannerisms and tastes in its treatment of a campy but committed dilettante whom the hero, a university student and ardent communist, comes in contact with. Controversial in Cuba yet only mildly polemical by American standards, the movie is entertaining and evocative both as storytelling and as a description of intellectual life in Havana, but it also borders on the obvious in certain particulars. With Jorge Perrugoria, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, and Francisco Calorno. (JR) (Chestnut Station, 6:30)

Out in the Open

See listing under Sunday, April 13. (Chestnut Station, 6:45)

Hi, Are You Alone?

Two free-spirited women friends, both 20, are the focus of this Spanish road comedy directed by Iciar Bollain, with stopovers in Madrid, Malaga, and Valladolid. A buffet will be served beginning at 5:30. (First Chicago Center, 7:30)

Ilona Arrives With the Rain

See listing under Saturday, April 12. (Chestnut Station, 8:00)

How Angels Are Born

See listing under Friday, April 11. (Chestnut Station, 8:30)

Ricardo, Miriam, y Fidel

A 1996 documentary by Christian Frei about a Cuban family's emigration to the U.S. (Chestnut Station, 9:00)

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Scene from BETWEEN MARX AND A NAKED WOMAN.

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