Previewing the Chicago Latino Film Festival - Part I

The International Latino Cultural Center holds the 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival from April 3rd to April 17th. The eclectic selection of films includes contemporary releases from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. In conjunction with the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, the festival will also screen several Academy Award-nominated films from Latin American and Spain - featuring works from renowned directors like Pedro Almodóvar and Alejandro González Iñárritu. But even those directors needed a launching pad and it’s through a festival like this that new voices can be heard - of the over 70 films to be screened, over 30 of them come from first-time directors.

What the Chicago Latino Film Festival offers is the opportunity to take a glimpse into global cinema that would otherwise be relegated to specialty theaters - or worse yet, failing to receive distribution at all. It provides audiences with the rare opportunity to engage with pictures of a different cultural perspective. With so many first-time filmmakers showcasing the festival, the hope is that we may very well be looking at the next future masters of cinema. In the wake of Alfonso Cuarón’s Academy Award win, it’s an aim worth striving for.

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