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14TH Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (August 19 - 25, 2010)


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14TH LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES

“BACKYARD” (“EL TRASPATIO”) TO BE CLOSING NIGHT GALA PRESENTATION

“BEDROOMS” MAKES ITS WORLD PREMIERE

“FORGED” MAKES WEST COAST DEBUT

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED INCLUDING AWARD WINNERS “BAD DAY TO GO FISHING” (“MAL DIA PARA PESCAR”), “ENTRE A LUZ E A SOMBRA,” “RABIA,” AND “SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES” (“E PROBIDO FUMAR”)


LOS ANGELES, CA July 26, 2010 – The 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announces it will return to the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood Thursday, August 19 through Wednesday, August 25. The seven-day event will highlight the best films and showcase both the auteurs and new talent in the Latin filmmaking community.

The Closing Night presentation of Carlos Carrera’s BACKYARD on Wednesday, August 25 will serve as the capstone for an impressive lineup that will feature 73 films, including 37 features (25 narrative and 12 documentaries) and 36 shorts. Along with the films offered throughout the festival, additional activities will include LALIFF’s filmmaker panels, parties and gala events. The Closing Night Gala will include an after party presented for the 14th consecutive year by The Coca-Cola Company, as well as Lexus.



Carrera’s BACKYARD is an astonishing fictional account of a series of murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Most of the victims have been low-paid laborers who were drawn to the town by the possibility of work at American-owned factories. In the film, Mexican police officer Blanca Bravo (Ana de la Reguera) is sent to Cuidad Juarez to investigate and discovers the realities of the women's lives, as well as the truth about a police force and local power structure embodied by entrepreneur Mickey Santos (Jimmy Smits) that has ceased to care. The film also stars Joaquín Cosio, Alejandro Calva, Amorita Rasgado and Enoc Leaño.



Julie Benz and Jesse Garcia in a scene from the movie BEDROOMS, p;aying on Friday, August 20.

The drama, BEDROOMS will be making its official World Premiere on Friday, August 20. Directed by Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos and Victor Teran, the film follows four interwoven stories of heartbreak, the infidelity that’s often the result and the redemption that comes from tearing the walls put up between people down. The impressive cast includes Jordan Belfi, Julie Benz, Xander Berkeley, Moon Bloodgood, Barry Bostwick, Jesse Garcia, Sarah Clarke and Dee Wallace.


FORGED, playing on Friday, August 20

William Wedig’s FORGED will be making its West Coast Premiere at LALIFF on Friday, August 20. Co-written and co-produced by Manny Perez, the drama focuses on the struggles of an ex-convict to make a new life and try to salvage a relationship with his son while settling old debts with the criminal element he used to run with. The film stars Manny Perez, David Castro, Margo Martindale, Jaime Tirelli and Kevin Breznahan.


The film schedule also has a truly impressive number of films that have won awards and made notable appearances at previous festivals. Some of those films include:


Anna Muylaert’s É PROIBIDO FUMAR (SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES)

AWARDS: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Film, Best Music, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Candango Trophy – 2009 Brazilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema, Best Actress, Best Director, APCA Trophy – 2010 São Paulo Association of Arts Critics Award


Luciana Burlamaqui’s ENTRE A LUZ E A SOMBRA

AWARD: Winner – 2010 Guadalajara Film Festival


Ciro Guerra’s LOS VIAJES DEL VIENTO (THE WIND JOURNEYS)

Un Certain Regard selection – 2009 Cannes Film Festival

AWARD: Winner of Latino Screenwriter’s Lab – 2005 LALIFF

Alvaro Bechner’s MAL DIA PARA PESCAR (BAD DAY TO GO FISHING)

AWARDS: Best Art Direction – Gijon International Film Festival, Best Actor Mar del Plata Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize – Sofia International Film Festival, UFCA Award – Uruguyan Film Critics Association, Free Spirit Award – Warsaw International Film Festival)


Miguel Coyula’s MEMORIAS DEL DESARROLLO (MEMORIES OF OVERDEVELOPMENT)

AWARDS: Havana Star for Best Film – 2010 Havana Film Festival, Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature – 2010 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, Best Feature Film – New Media Film Festival


Sebastián Leilo’s NAVIDAD (CHRISTMAS)

Directors’ Fortnight selection – 2009 Cannes Film Festival


Sebastian Cordero’s RABIA

AWARDS: Best Director at FICG and won the Golden Globe selection for Best Film at FICG


Carlos Gaviria‘s RETRATOS EN UN MAR DE MENTIRAS (PORTRAITS IN A SEA OF LIES)

AWARD: Winner – 2010 Guadalajara Film Festival


This year’s Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) Showcase films include Abby Ginsberg’s CRUZ REYNOSO: SOWING THE SEEDS OF JUSTICE, Esaú Meléndez’s IMMIGRANT NATION and Ray Telles’ THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO. LPB Showcase features documentaries created by Latino Producers in the States that focus on the Latino community; the stories, art and culture and issues that affect Latino communities not simply in the US, but worldwide.


The only Latino international film festival in the world to have its collection of films archived at the Academy Film Archive, this year LALIFF has chosen DIOS LOS CRIA, the Puerto Rican classic film (1979) by Jacobo Morales for presentation continuing its ongoing pledge to preserving the Latino cinematic history for the world. This fully restored print was created by the Academy Film Archive, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences™; Archivo de Imágenes en Movimiento del Archivo General de Puerto Rico; Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival; and the Film and Electronic Arts Department of California State University, Long Beach.


LALIFF Executive Director Marlene Dermer said, "We are very pleased with the amazing scope of film subjects and talent on display with this collection of films. BACKYARD is a dramatic and thrilling film that will give us a great conclusion to an exciting festival and brings awareness to the crimes happening to the women in Juarez. On a personal note, there is a particular gratification with the tremendous number of female filmmakers participating in this year's edition of LALIFF. We take our place and responsibility in highlighting the best work of our Latino filmmaking artists very seriously, so to be able to put that part of the artistic community in the spotlight is exhilarating."

LALIFF will screen films from 20 different countries.


Tickets go on sale today. Festival passes and tickets are available for purchase at www.latinofilm.org.


The 14th L.A. Latino International Film Festival’s films are as follows:

FEATURE LENGTH FILMS

NARRATIVE (in alphabetical order):

BEDROOMS (USA) - Dir: Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos, Victor Teran

CHAMACO (THE KID) (Mexico) - Dir: Miguel Necoechea

CONTRACORRIENTE (UNDERTOW) (Peru, Colombia) Dir: Javier Fuentes-Leon

CUESTION DE PRINCIPIOS (A MATTER OF PRINCIPLES) (Argentina)
Dir: Rodrigo Grande

DIOS LOS CRIA (FACADE) Puerto Rico) Dir: Jacobo Morales

È PROBIDO FUMAR (SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES) (Brazil) Dir: Anna Muylaert

EYES WIDE OPEN (Uruguay, France) Dir: Gonzalo Arijón

FORGED (USA) Dir: William Wedig

GO FOR IT! (USA) Dir: Carmen Marron

HABANA EVA (Cuba, Venezuela, France) Dir: Fina Torres

HERMAFRODITA (Dominican Republic) Dir: Albert Xavier

LOS VIAJES DEL VIENTO (THE WIND JOURNEYS) (Colombia)
Dir: Ciro Guerra

LULA, O FILHO DO BRASIL (LULA, THE SON OF BRAZIL) (Brazil)
Dir: Fabio Barreto

MAL DIA PARA PESCAR (BAD DAY TO GO FISHING) (Spain, Uruguay)
Dir: Alvaro Bechner

MEMORIAS DEL DESARROLLO (MEMORIES OF OVERDEVELOPMENT) (USA/Cuba) Dir: Miguel Coyula

NAVIDAD (CHRISTMAS) (Chile, France) Dir: Sebastián Leilo

OVEJA NEGRA ((BLACK SHEEP) Mexico, Spain) Dir: Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz

RABIA (SPAIN, COLOMBIA, MEXICO) DIR: Sebastian Cordero

RETRATOS EN UN MAR DE MENTIRAS (PORTRAITS IN A SEA OF LIES) (Colombia) Dir: Carlos Gaviria,

TE EXTRANO (I MISS U) (Mexico, Argentina) Dir: Fabian Hofman

EL TRASPATIO (BACKYARD) (Mexico) Dir: Carlos Carrera

TROPICO DE SANGRE (Dominican Republic) Dir: Juan Delancer

UN DIA DE SOL (Guatemala) Dir: Rafael Tres

VIAJO PORQUE PRECISO, VOLTO PORQUE TE AMO (ITRAVEL BECAUSE I HAVE TO, I COME BACK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU) (Brazil)
Dir: Karim Ainouz, Marcelo Gomes

LA YUMA (Nicaragua) Dir: Florence Jaugey


DOCUMENTARY (in alphabetical order):

CRUZ REYNOSO: SOWING THE SEEDS OF JUSTICE (USA)
Dir: Abby Ginsberg

EL AMBULANTE (THE PEDDLER) (Argentina) Dir: Eduardo del la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano, Adriana Yurcovivh

EL ANALON – A MAVERICK HUMANITARIAN CONSUELO ALBA (USA) Dir: Consuelo Alba

ENTRE A LUZ E A SOMBRA (Brazil) Dir: Luciana Burlamaqui

HARVEST OF LONELINESS: THE BRACERO PROGRAM (COSECHA TRISTE) (USA) Dir: Gilbert Gonzalez, Vivian Price

IMMIGRANT NATION (USA) Dir: Esaú Meléndez

ONLY WHEN I DANCE (Brazil, UK) Dir: Beadie Finzi

SEQUESTRO (KIDNAPPING) (Brazil) Dir: Jorge Wolney Atalla

THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO (USA) Dir: Ray Telles

TIEMPO DE LEYENDA (Spain) Dir: José Sánchez-Montes González

TIN TAN (Mexico) Dir: Francesco Tabeada Tabone

WOMEN WITH ALTITUDE (USA) Dir: Sarah Vaill


SHORT FILMS (in alphabetical order):

204 (Puerto Rico) Dir: Rafi Mercado

ALIJUNA (USA) Dir: Cristina Escoda

APPLES, (USA) Dir: Gary Perez

EL ARMADILLO FRONTERIZO (THE BORDER ARMADILLO) (Mexico, Argentina) Dir: Miguel Anaya

LA AUTORIDAD (Spain) Dir: Xavi Sala

BABY (USA) Dir: Yancey Arias

CAPTIVES OF HOPE (USA) Dir: David Cebrero Ortega

COOKIE (USA) Dir: Francisco Ordoñez

EL HIJO DE LA 40/THE HOOKERS SON (Costa Rica) Dir: Erika Bagnarello

EL PRIMOGENITO (THE FIRST BORN) (Mexico) Dir: Stefano Riccardo

EN TUS MANOS (USA) Dir: Ron Jacobs

I WANNA SHINE (Venezuela) Dir: Prakriti Maduro

I’LL BE ALONE (USA) Dir: Carlos Marques-Marcet

IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM (USA) Dir: Isabel Cueva

JARDIM BELELÉU (HEAVEN GARDEN) (Brazil, UK) Dir: Ari Candido Fernandes

JILLIAN DILLON: A HIPPOPLATYPUS TALE (USA) Dir: Yvette Edery

LOVE (Colombia) Dir: Guillermo Ivan Duenas

MAGO (USA) Dir: Maria Victoria Ponce

MAÑANA (USA, Colombia) Dir: Felipe Holguín

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (USA) Dir: Michael Carreño

LA PASTISSERIA (USA) Dir: Victor Ridaura

POSITIVE BUY (USA) Dir: Hanley Valentin

EL PRIMOGENITO (THE FIRST BORN) (Mexico, Argentina) Dir: Stefano Riccardi

ROOFTOP WARS (USA) Dir: Miguel Silveira

ROOM 401 (USA) Dir: Jason C. Sting

S&M (USA) Dir: Daniela De Carlo

SOUL CHECK MATE (JAQUE MATE AL ALMA GEMELA) (Chile) Dir: David Albala

SOUTHBOUND (USA) Dir: Tim Disney

TAUGHT TO HATE (USA) Dir: James Garcia

TRES Y MEDIO (THREE AND A HALF) (Chile) Dir: Jean-Marc Simonneau

TROUBLESOME (USA) Dir: Hilliard Guess

UNO O EL OTRO (EITHER/OR) (Venezuela) Dir: Juan Avella

THE VIOLINIST (EL VIOLINISTA) (USA) Dir: Carlo Besasie

VIRGIN OF THE CANDLES (USA) Dir: Victoria Giordana

VISITAS (Argentina) Dir: Juan Schnitman

LA VIUDA (THE WIDOW) (USA) Dir: David Martin-Porras


About LALIFF: The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) was founded in 1997 by producer, director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos; independent producer and programmer Marlene Dermer, and independent film and music producer George Hernández†. LALIFF is a non-profit 501c (3) organization with the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latino filmmakers and to promote awareness of the richness and diversity of Latin cultures, artistry and countries through film, the most powerful medium in the world. A competitive festival with prizes, LALIFF serves as a venue where Latino filmmakers come together with industry buyers and distributors. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in tinseltown.


LALIFF 2010 Sponsors:

Premier Sponsors: Los Angeles Times/Hoy Newspaper
Presenting Media Sponsor: Univision 34 KMEX, Univision Radio:

KLOVE 107.5FM, KTNQ 1020AM, La Nueva 101.9FM, Recuerdo 103.9FM

Official Sponsor: City of Los Angeles

Opening Gala Sponsor: EGEDA & Filmotech

Closing Night Presenter Sponsor: The Coca-Cola Company

Closing Night Supporting Sponsor: Lexus

Official Beer Sponsor: Stella Artois

Industry Office Sponsor: Creative Artist Agency (CAA)

Youth Program: Fry’s Electronics

Audience Award: CineLatino

Award Sponsors: The Walt Disney Company, Deluxe, Show Biz Software,

Movie Magic, FINALDRAFT, CineLatino: Audience Award, FUJIFILM: Best DocumentaryFilm Festival Sponsors: Sony Pictures, HBO,

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), NBC Universal, Maya Entertainment,

Laguna Production, Universidad de Guadalajara (UDG), Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara (FIDCG), University of Guadalajara FoundationUSA,

Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg

Collaborator Sponsors: ITEX, ProChile, Consulate General of Argentina, Consulate General of Brazil, Consulate General of Chile, Consulate General of Ecuador, Consulate General of Mexico, Consulate General of Spain, Creative Handbook, Department of Cultural Affairs – City of Los Angeles (DCA), Molaa (Museum of Latin America Art), JJ Tailor Shop/Alex Tailor Shop, AZ Los Angeles, Inc., Blue439 Studio, L.A. Inc., MTA (Metro Transportation Authority), Hollywood & Highland Center/Spa Luce,

American Cinematheque

Seminar Sponsors: WGAW, SAG Indie, DGA-Directors Guild of America

Media Partners: Al Borde/El Clasificado, MTV Tr3s, KLCS, Bazuca Magazine, La Prensa Colombiana, LATV, In Hollywood Magazine, Para Todos Magazine,

The Mission Hollywood, Uniglobo TV, Somos TV
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