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The Chicago Latino Film Festival

The 14th annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, continues from Friday through Monday, April 24 through 27. Film and video screenings will be at Water Tower, 175 E. Chestnut; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; 500 Nations Cafe, 1820 S. Ashland; Calles y Sue–os, 1900 S. Carpenter; Centro Cultural Guadalupano, 1814 S. Paulina; and Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 2011 W. Pershing. Tickets for most programs are $8, $7 for students, senior citizens, and disabled persons, and $6 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. Festival passes, good for ten screenings excluding special events, are $60, $50 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. For more information call 312-431-1330.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24

Hitting Bottom

A middle-aged, out-of-work electrician heads for Madrid, winds up on the street, and becomes friends with a Caribbean hustler in this 1997 black comedy from Spain, directed by Enrique Gabriel. (Water Tower, 5:30)

Soul's Square

A young artist from a troubled family discovers that his girlfriend is pregnant in this 1997 Argentinean feature, directed by Fernando Diaz. (Water Tower, 5:45)

The Last Call

Carlos Garcia Agraz's 1997 Mexican feature deals with the death penalty, and, more specifically, a professional actor's relationship with his son. (Water Tower, 6:00)

Video Program 3

Videos from Cuba and Spain. (Facets Multimedia, 6:00)

The Voice of the Heart

A Venezuelan journalist and a local Basque woman who hosts a radio show struggle against business interests exploiting the Amazon rain forest in this 1997 Venezuelan feature directed by Carlos Oteyza. (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 6:00)

A Naked Man

A 1997 Brazilian comedy directed by Hugo Carvana. A folklorist from Rio de Janeiro, en route to Sao Paolo, falls in with a group of musicians and the niece of their bandolinista, then wakes up in her bed the following morning. On the same program, the short film The Dreamers. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Them . . . the Women

A 1997 Portuguese romantic comedy about five professional women in their 40s; Luis Galvao Teles directed. (Water Tower, 7:30)

Video Program 7

Videos from Puerto Rico and Cuba. (Calles y Sue–os, 8:00)

The Debt

A three-part tale set in a small village and involving a poisoned Turkish pawnbroker, his ghost, and his girlfriend. Manuel Jose Alvarez and Nicolas Buenaventura directed this 1997 work of magical realism from Colombia. (Water Tower, 8:00)

Little Voices

A rape victim who doesn't speak Spanish becomes a missionary in Guatemala in Kim Flores and Mike Swenson's 1997 U.S. feature, based in part on a true story. (Facets Multimedia, 8:00)

Sweet Powers

Lucia Murat's 1996 Brazilian feature about the love life and professional ethics of a woman who comes to Brasilia during a political campaign as the news director of a TV network. (Water Tower, 8:15)

Mr. Napomuceno's Will

Germano Almedia's novel is the basis of this 1997 Portuguese feature about an illegitimate daughter uncovering the past of her late father, one of the wealthiest men in Cape Verde. Francisco Manso directed. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

Martin (Hache)

See Critic's Choice. (Water Tower, 10:00)

Portrait of a Woman With a Man in the Background

Manane Rodriguez's 1997 Spanish feature focuses on a prominent woman lawyer and the personal crisis that ensues when she falls in love. (Water Tower, 10:15)

Thanks for the Tip

Two uncles, one homosexual and the other a ladies' man, try to raise their two orphaned nephews in Valencia in the 60s. Francesc Bellmunt directed this 1997 Catalan film. (Water Tower, 10:30)

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

New York (Under the New Law)

A 1997 comedy from the Dominican Republic, about a man's struggle to attain legal residency status before the U.S. immigration laws change. Directed by Angel Mu–iz. (Water Tower, 5:00)

Victory Forever

Juan Carlos Desanzo's 1997 Argentinean feature recounts the life of Che Guevara in six chapters. (Facets Multimedia, 5:00)

The Voice of the Heart

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Centro Cultural Guadalupano, 5:00)

Soul's Square

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Water Tower, 5:30)

Portrait of a Woman With a Man in the Background

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Water Tower, 6:00)

Video Program 7

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Facets Multimedia, 6:00)

Otario

A noirish mystery set in Buenos Aires in the 40s. A detective is hired by a woman to retrieve her husband from Montevideo; when the detective returns to find the woman murdered, he suspects the husband. Diego Arzuaga directed this 1997 film from Uruguay. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Short Films 2

Three films from Mexico and the U.S., two of them documentaries and the third a pseudodocumentary recounting the disappearance of all Hispanics from California. (500 Nations Cafe, 7:00)

Video Program 11

Three works, including a pseudodocumentary recounting the disappearance of all Hispanics from California and From Sleepy Lagoon to Zoot Suit: The Irreverent Path of Alice McGrath (1996). (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)

Hitting Bottom

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Water Tower, 7:15)

The Voice of the Heart

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Water Tower, 7:45)

Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman

Sabina Berman and Isabelle Tardan directed this 1996 Mexican comedy about a couple torn apart by the ghost of Pancho Villa. (Water Tower, 8:00)

Video Program 9

Videos from Costa Rica, Colombia, and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia, 8:00)

Video Program 2

Alejandra Islas's Eisenstein in Mexico: The Eternal Circle (1996) is a mediocre video documentary made for Mexican television. Its fascinating subject--Sergei Eisenstein's celebrated unfinished film of the 30s, Que viva Mexico--can't help but carry some interest, especially when Islas includes glimpses of Eisenstein's unedited footage. But don't go looking for new revelations or even a comprehensive account of what's already known about the project. (JR) (Calles y Sue–os, 8:00)

A Kiss to This Land

A 1995 documentary by Daniel Goldberg, about Jewish immigration to Mexico in the 20s and 30s. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

Martin (Hache)

See Critic's Choice. (Water Tower, 9:15)

Kill Me Over & Over

Two old friends find the body of an old woman and try to switch it with another corpse so they can perform an experiment, but the woman, it turns out, isn't really dead. Jose Angel directed this 1997 black comedy from Spain. (Water Tower, 9:30)

A Man of Principle

A 1984 Colombian feature set in the 40s and 50s during the country's undeclared civil war. A quiet, asthmatic bookshop owner (Frank Ramirez) carries on a double life: a Catholic mystic and extremist, he serves the conservative leadership as "the Condor," a political assassin. Directed by Francisco Norden; with Isabela Corona. (Water Tower, 10:00)

SUNDAY, APRIL 26

Vertical Love

A 1997 Cuban comedy about the efforts of a psychiatric nurse and an architectural student to find a place where they can make love. Directed by Arturo Sotto Diaz. (Water Tower, 4:00)

Martin (Hache)

See Critic's Choice. (Facets Multimedia, 4:00)

Video Program 2

See listing under Saturday, April 25. (Facets Multimedia, 4:00)

A Naked Man

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Water Tower, 4:30)

Video Program 8

Three videos from the U.S. about Mexican immigrants, including a documentary about the Sleepy Lagoon case of the late 40s. (Centro Cultural Guadalupano, 5:00)

Time to Die

Jorge Ali Triana directed this 1985 Colombian western about a man emerging from 18 years in prison to reclaim his fiancee and confront the sons of the person he murdered. Novelists Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Carlos Fuentes scripted, working from a 1966 film by Arturo Ripstein. (Water Tower, 5:00)

Soul's Square

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Water Tower, 6:00)

Video Program 6

Videos from Venezuela and Guatemala. (Facets Multimedia, 6:00)

Sweet Powers

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Water Tower, 6:15)

Short Films 2

See listing under Saturday, April 25. (Facets Multimedia, 6:30)

The Last Call

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Water Tower, 7:00)

Video Program 3

Videos from Cuba and Spain. (Calles y Sue–os, 7:00)

Mr. Napomuceno's Will

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Water Tower, 8:00)

Video Program 8

See listing this date above. (Facets Multimedia, 8:00)

Things I Left in Havana

Three young sisters emigrate from Cuba to Spain and fall under the control of their conniving aunt. Manuel Gutierrez Aragon directed this 1997 comedy-drama. (Facets Multimedia, 8:30)

The Color of the Clouds

Mario Camus' 1997 Spanish feature about two boys--one a Bosnian war refugee, the other a loner from Madrid--who cross paths with a middle-aged woman, her stepson and niece, and a fisherman. (Water Tower, 8:30)

The Day You Love Me

Sergio Dow's 1986 Colombian feature El dia que me quieras is set in 1935 in Caracas, Venezuela. Dramatizing the plight of a country living under a dictatorship, the story involves the arrival in town of tango singer Carlos Gardel, who cheers up the oppressed populace. (Water Tower, 9:00)

MONDAY, APRIL 27

Vertical Love

See listing under Sunday, April 26. (Water Tower, 6:00)

The Voice of the Heart

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Water Tower, 6:30)

Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman

See listing under Saturday, April 25. (Water Tower, 6:45)

A Couple of Three

For five years a husband has been carrying on with his wife's best friend, never realizing that his wife talked her friend into the relationship. Antoni Verdaguer directed this 1996 comedy in Catalan. (Water Tower, 8:30)

Vertical Love

See listing under Sunday, April 26. (Water Tower, 8:45)

The Debt

See listing under Friday, April 24. (Water Tower, 9:00)

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Martin (Heche) film still.

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