The Latino International Film Festival began in 1996 to accommodate the diverse and growing latino community in Los Angeles. The festival was founded by 3 visionary people:
- Marlene Dermer – Independent Producer
- George Hernandez – Independent film and music Producer
- Edward James Olmos – Actor, Director, Producer, Activist
All the films are going to be show at the Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. There will be several Chilean films showing in the festival: I will do my best to give you all the information here:
Thursday, July 21:
@3:30pm – Unspoken Stories (Shorts program with Topo Gigo is Dead)
Two Chileans, Daniela and Tomas, meet in Philadelphia. She is the daughter of a former political prisoner, tortured during Pinochetâ€™s dictatorship. He is the son of the physician that tortured Danielaâ€™s father. Daniela contemplates revenge, but their meeting forces them to deal with a past they are not responsible for.
@6:30pm – Urban Stories – Drama (Shorts program with ParaÃso Terrenal)
An older man walks through a gray city and while waiting for the bus, he notices a poster that invites him into a better world. So the journey begins for this hunchback man into that promised and magical world. During his trip he will pass several hurdles until he arrives to an unknown place.
@9:00pm – Nostalgia de la Luz
Nostalgia de la Luz is a film about the distance between the sky and the earth, between light and human beings and the mysterious comings and goings arising between them. At a height of 3,000 meters, astronomers from all over the world gather in the Atacama Desert to observe the stars of northern Chile. Here, the transparency of the sky means that you can see to the very limits of the universe. Below, the dryness of the ground keeps human remains intact forever: mummies, explorers, miners, Indians and the skeletons of the political prisoners of the dictatorship. While the astronomers seek extraterrestrial life, a group of women move stones: theyâ€™re looking for their relatives.
Friday, July 22:
@ 3:00pm – Post Mortem
Santiago, 1973. Mario Cornejo works at a morgue, typing out reports on autopsies performed by the coroners. On the days surrounding the military coup, he gets involved in a love affair with a dancer from the cabaret Bim Bam Bum
Saturday, July 23:
@ 5:30pm – La Vida de los Peces
Andres has been living in Germany for 10 years. He returns to Chile to bring closure on his past before settling for good in Berlin. During his visit, he attends a friendâ€™s birthday party where he rediscovers the world he had left behind, including his long-time love Beatriz. This reunion could change Andresâ€™ life forever…
@7:25pm – Alguien ha visto a Lupita?
Lupita, a young Mexican girl, runs away from her family who want to commit her into a hospital. She will start a journey that will take us into a world that seems crazier than she is. With her sensuality, innocence and romanticism, Lupita invites us to think that the world can be experienced in another way.