The official selections of the 15th annual Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) July 17-25

THE 15TH LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL SELECTION

The feature films selected include 2 World Premieres, 6 USA Premieres, 5 West Coast Premieres and 11 Los Angeles Premieres; representing 14 countries


Esai Morales stars in "Gun Hill Road", directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green.

LOS ANGELES, CA July 07, 2010 – The 15th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announces its official selection of 76 films, including 42 feature films (29 narrative and 13 documentaries) and 34 short films from 14 different countries. LALIFF will return to the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood from Sunday, July 17 through Monday, July 25. The nine-day event will highlight the best recent films from Latino talent; from the well-established in Hollywood to the up-and-coming. See www.Latinofilm.org
for more information.

From Bolivia, ESCRIBEME POSTALES A COPACABANA, (SCHREIBE MIR POSTKARTEN NACH COPACABANA) directed by Thomas Kronthaler; and the Cuban documentary LOS 100 SONES CUBANOS (THE 100 CUBAN “SONES”) by Edesio Alejandro and Rubén Consuegra will be making their official World Premiere at LALIFF.

LALIFF’s Music Program includes an eclectic group of films and genre. CHICO & RITA is a feature length animated musical making its West Coast premiere, directed by Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando; the documentary CHECKPOINT ROCK, CANCIONES DESDE PALESTINA (CHECKPOINT, SONGS FROM PALESTINE) by Fermín Muguruza and Javier Corcuera cleverly uses world music to narrate the Palestinian experience; and the Venezuelan shot film PASION directed by Carlos P. Beltran. Also included are the Cuban documentaries REVOLUTION by Mayckell Pedrero Mariol and LOS 100 SONES CUBANOS (THE 100 CUBAN “SONES”).

In 2011, LALIFF proudly showcases the Opera Prima works of 8 talented directors including: the first ever entry in the festival’s history by a female director from Guatemala, Veronica Riedel’ CÁPSULAS (CAPSULES); from the USA, GUN HILL ROAD by Rashaad Ernesto Green, starting Esai Morales; from Mexico A TIRO DE PIEDRA (A STONE’S THROW AWAY) by Sebastián Hiriart and EL PREMIO (THE PRIZE) by Paula Markovitch; from Colombia LOS COLORES DE LA MONTAÑA (THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN) by Carlos César Arbeláez; representing Peru, OCTUBRE (OCTOBER) by Daniel Vega and Diego Vega; and LA HORA CERO (THE ZERO HOUR) by Diego Velasco from Venezuela.

Highlighting the special screenings, the Chile/Mexico co-production ¿ALGUIEN HA VISTO A LUPITA? (HAVE YOU SEEN LUPITA?) directed by Gonzalo Justiniano, with a star-studded cast that includes Cristian de la Fuente, Carmen Salinas and the film debut of Dulce María (formely of RBD).

The films at this year’s Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) Showcase include 4 documentaries, the Mexico/USA production EL VELADOR (THE NIGHT WATCHMAN) by Natalia Almada, GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR directed by Pamela Yates (USA), PARAÍSO FOR SALE by Anayansi Prado (PANAMA/USA) and, PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE directed by Ari Luis Palos (USA).

On Sunday July 24th, LALIFF co-presents the Maya Indie Film Series that include: WITHOUT MEN, directed by Gabriela Tagliavini and starting: Eva Longoria, Christian Slater, Kate del Castillo, Maria Conchita Alonso, Paul Rodriguez, Judy Reyes and Oscar Nunez; ALL SHE CAN, directed by Amy Wendel, starring Corina Calderon, Jeremy Ray Valdez and Joseph Julian Soria; and DIDI HOLLYWOOD, a Spanish production directed by Bigas Luna, with a cast includes Elsa Pataky, Peter Coyote, Paul Sculfor, Giovanna Zacarías and Ana de la Reguera, among others.

LALIFF is one of few film festivals in the world recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science as a qualifying festival, making the winner of its Short Film Category eligible for Oscar® consideration. LALIFF’s selection of 34 short films is divided into 8 programs: Urban Stories – Coming of Age, Family, Relationship, Suspense/Drama, Unspoken Stories I & II, Urban Stories – Drama, and A Kid’s World. See the complete list of short films below.

“This year’s program offers a balanced selection of new voices and voices that we have heard before. Together and individually they go beyond telling Latino stories; they narrate in film the human experience,” said Marlene Dermer, Executive Director and co-founder of LALIFF.

Admission tickets to regular screenings are available on pre-sale online at $12 with a $2 discount to LALIFF members. Metro riders could purchase general admission tickets with a $1 discount at the festival’s box office. For more information, purchase advance tickets and to see the list of films and countries represented, please go to www.Latinofilm.org.

The Opening Night Film, the Closing Night Celebration Film and the Preservation Film Presentation will be announced shortly.

The Official Selection of the 15th Los Angeles Latino International Film festival:

FEATURE LENGTH NARRATIVE FILMS (in alphabetical order):


A TIRO DE PIEDRA (A STONE’S THROW AWAY), Sebastián Hiriart, 118min. MEXICO – WEST COAST PREMIERE

¿ALGUIEN HA VISTO A LUPITA? (HAVE YOU SEEN LUPITA?), Gonzalo Justiniano, 86min. CHILE/MEXICO

ALL SHE CAN, Amy Wendel, 91 min. USA

AMÉRICA… ELLA SE ATREVIÓ (AMERICA… SHE DARED), Sonia Fritz, 90min. PUERTO RICO

BOLETO AL PARAÍSO (TICKET TO PARADISE), Gerardo Chijona, 88min. CUBA/SPAIN/VENEZUELA

CÁPSULAS (CAPSULES), Veronica Riedel, 103min. GUATEMALA – L.A. PREMIERE

CHICO & RITA, Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando, 94min. SPAIN/U.K. – WEST COAST PREMIERE

DIDI HOLLYWOOD, Bigas Luna, 102 min. SPAIN

DORMIR AL SOL (A SLEEP IN THE SUN), Alejandro Chomski, 85min. ARGENTINA – L.A. PREMIERE

EL PREMIO (THE PRIZE), Paula Markovitch, 120min. MEXICO/FRANCE/GERMANY/POLAND – U.S. PREMIERE

ENTRELOBOS (AMONG WOLVES), Gerardo Olivares, 114min. SPAIN – U.S. PREMIERE

ESCRIBEME POSTALES A COPACABANA, (SCHREIBE MIR POSTKARTEN NACH COPACABANA), Thomas Kronthaler, 96min. BOLIVIA – WORLD PREMIERE

GUN HILL ROAD, Rashaad Ernesto Green, 88min. USA


HIDALGO, LA HISTORIA JAMÁS CONTADA (HIDALGO. THE UNTOLD STORY), Antonio Serrano, 100min. MEXICO – U.S. PREMIERE

ISPANSI (ESPAÑOLES), Carlos Iglesias, 100min. SPAIN – U.S. PREMIERE

LA HORA CERO (THE ZERO HOUR), Diego Velasco, 102min. VENEZUELA – U.S. PREMIERE

LA MIRADA INVISIBLE (THE INVISIBLE EYE), Diego Lerman, 95min. (A Co-Presentation with Global Film Initiative.) -ARGENTINA/SPAIN/FRANCE – L.A. PREMIERE


LA VIDA DE LOS PECES (THE LIFE OF FISH), Matías Bize, 83min. CHILE – L.A. PREMIERE

LA VIDA ÚTIL (A USEFUL LIFE), Federico Veiroj, 63min. (A Co-Presentation with Global Film Initiative.) URUGUAY – L.A. PREMIERE

LOS COLORES DE LA MONTAÑA (THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN), Carlos César Arbeláez, 88min. COLOMBIA – WEST COAST PREMIERE

OCTUBRE (OCTOBER), Daniel Vega, Diego Vega, 83 min. PERU – L.A. PREMIERE

POST MORTEM, Pablo Larraín, 98min. CHILE – L.A. PREMIERE

TEQUILA HISTORIA DE UNA PASIÓN (TEQUILA HISTORY OF A PASSION), Sergio Sánchez Suárez, 109min. MEXICO – U.S. PREMIERE

TODOS TUS MUERTOS (ALL YOUR DEAD ONES), Carlos Moreno, 90min. COLOMBIA – L.A. PREMIERE

WHITE KNIGHT, Jesse Baget, 85min. USA/MEXICO - L.A. PREMIERE

WITHOUT MEN, Gabriela Tagliavini, 83min. USA


FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILMS (in alphabetical order):

CHECKPOINT ROCK, CANCIONES DESDE PALESTINA (CHECKPOINT, SONGS FROM PALESTINE), Fermín Muguruza, Javier Corcuera, 70min. SPAIN – WEST COAST PREMIERE

EL VELADOR (THE NIGHT WATCHMAN), Natalia Almada, 52min. (LPB Showcase) MEXICO/USA – L.A. PREMIERE

GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR, Pamela Yates, 90min. (LPB Showcase) USA – L.A. PREMIERE

HARLISTAS: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY, Alfredo de Villa, 91min. USA – WEST COAST PREMIERE

HAVANA SURF, Rodrigo Diaz McVeigh, 54min. CUBA/SPAIN – L.A. PREMIERE

LA HISTORIA EN LA MIRADA, Jose Ramon Mikelajauregui, 78min. MEXICO

LA MALETA MEXICANA (THE MEXICAN SUITCASE), Trisha Ziff 86min. MEXICO – U.S. PREMIERE

LOS 100 SONES CUBANOS (THE 100 CUBAN “SONES”), Edesio Alejandro, Rubén Consuegra, 81min. CUBA/ DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – WORLD PREMIERE

NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ (NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT), Patricio Guzmán, 90min. CHILE/FRANCE/SPAIN/ GERMANY

PABLO’S HIPPOS, Antonio von Hildebrand, 83min. COLOMBIA

PARAÍSO FOR SALE (PARAISO EN VENTA), Anayansi Prado, 75min. (LPB Showcase) PANAMA/USA

PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE, Ari Luis Palos, 90min. (LPB Showcase) USA

REVOLUTION, Mayckell Pedrero Mariol, 50min. CUBA – L.A. PREMIERE



SHORT FILMS (by program):


Coming Of Age – Urban Stories

A MAN MADE EARLY, Cruz Angeles, 15min. 32sec. United States West Coast Premiere

BEYOND THE ROPES, Johnny Kirk, 17min. United States L.A. Premiere

MADDOGGIN’, Terence Heuston, 23min. 50sec. United States World Premiere

PAPELERO (THE PAPER BOY), Olicer J. Muñoz, 15min. United States World Premiere


Family

AURORA, Roney Freitas, 20min. Brazil World Premiere

MARTIN, Osvaldo Montaño, 15min. Mexico L.A./U.S. Premiere

SIN PALABRAS (NO WORDS), Bel Armenteros, 14min. 10sec. Spain

THE BIG DEAL, Lucy Rodriguez, 13min. 35sec. United States

UNA CAJA DE BOTONES (A BOX OF BUTTONS), María Reyes Arias, 21min. Spain L.A. Premiere


Relationships

AMORES CIEGOS (LOVE, INTERTWINED), Marisé Samitier, 23min. 30sec. United States

U.S. Premiere

BETTER, John Cantu, 42min. United States L.A. Premiere

REMEMBER, Jason Chaet, 14min. 30sec. United States

TIJERETO (FLYCATCHER), Camila Jiménez Villa, 21min. Colombia U.S. Premiere


Suspense/Drama

70m2, Miguel Angel Carmona Estevez, 15min. Spain West Coast Premiere

COLMILLO (FANG), Albi De Abreu, 19min. Venezuela West Coast Premiere

EL POZO (THE WELL), Guillermo Arriaga, 4min. Mexico

MILE 27, Merilay Fernandez, 14min. 24sec. United States World Premiere

THE RECIPIENT, Javier Bermudez, 11min. United States World Premiere


Unspoken Stories – I

BACKGROUND (TRASFONDO), Jose Valladares, 15min. Guatemala World Premiere

SHADOWS, Javier Barbera, 23min. 49sec. United States World Premiere

SOLD, John Irwin, 12’20” United States L.A. Premiere

TOPO GIGIO IS DEAD, David Miranda Hardy, 23min Chile/United States West Coast/U.S. Premiere


Unspoken Stories – II

ANGELITO, Paula Lima, 13min. 20sec. United States/Brazil L.A. Premiere

DESPERTAR (AWAKEN), Cristina Kotz Cornejo, 14min. Mexico World Premiere

ESPÉRAME, Daniel Galo, 5min. United States/Mexico U.S. Premiere

NOCHE SIN LUNA (MOONLESS NIGHT), Bethynia Cárdenas Íñiguez, 13min. Mexico L.A. Premiere


Urban Stories – Drama

LILIA, Sam Lerma, 20min. United States World Premiere

STUFFER, Nathan Crooker, 20min. United States L.A. Premiere


A Kids World

A MULA TEIMOSA E O CONTROLE REMOTO (THE STUBBORN MULE AND THE REMOTE CONTROL), Hélio Villela NUNES, 15min Brazil U.S. Premiere

EL BOLERITO (THE SHOE SHINER), Julio O. Ramos, 10min., United States /Mexico L.A. Premiere

PARAÍSO TERRENAL (EARTHLY PARADISE), Tomas Welss, 18min. Chile, Animation

U.S. Premiere

PHILIPPE’S SANDWICH, James Hanlon, 15min. United States U.S. Premiere

SÁBADO DE GLORIA (GLORIOUS SATURDAY), Santiago López, 14min. Colombia/United States


See www.Latinofilm.org for the complete program and screening dates and times.



###

Become a fan of LALIFF: Follow LALIFF on:

About LALIFF: The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) was founded in 1997 by producer, director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos and independent producer Marlene Dermer. LALIFF is a non-profit 501c (3) organization with the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latino filmmakers. To serve as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion of Latin films and filmmakers in the industry locally, nationally & internationally. To develop audiences for such films and in the process bring 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 tinsel town


The 15th Anniversary of LALIFF is brought to you by:


Premier Sponsors: Los Angeles Times / Hoy Newspaper.

Presenting Media Sponsor: Univision Radio: KLOVE 107.5FM, KTNQ 1020AM,

La Nueva 101.9FM, Recuerdo 103.9FM,

Official Sponsors: City of Los Angeles, EGEDA & Filmotech

Gala Opening Night Presenter: The Coca-Cola Company

Closing Night Gala Sponsor: AT&T

Official Airline: American Airlines

Educational Youth Program: Goya Foods & Los Altos

Youth Program Supporting Sponsor: Fry’s Electronics

Award Sponsors: Show Biz Software, Movie Magic, Final Draft, Fuji Film

Official Beer Sponsor: Stella Artois

Official Wine & Bubbly Sponsor: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

Opening Night Spirit Sponsor: Casa Noble Tequila

Industry Office Sponsor: CAA

Supporting Sponsors: ITEX LA, HONDA

Film Festival Sponsors: Maya Entertainment, Sony Pictures, HBO,

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, NBC Universal, Panavision, Harley-Davidson ,

Titra, Universidad de Guadalajara,

Festival de Cine Internacional de Guadalajara, So Cal Self Storage

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

Community Redevelopment Agency

Official Water: Kabazon Premium Waters

Collaborators: American Cinematheque,

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The National Council of La Raza, Consulado General de México en Los Angeles, MTA (Metro Transportation Authority),

BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts),

Molaa (Museum of Latin America Art), Global Film Initiative

Media Partners: Vanidades, W Radio 690AM, KLCS, Creative Handbook, Tr3s,

La Prensa Colombiana, LATV, Latino Weekly Review, In Hollywood Magazine,

Bazuca Magazine, Quinceañeras Magazine, Al Borde/El Clasificado



07.08.11