The ninth annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, runs from Friday, September 24, through Thursday, October 7. Film and video screenings will be held at Pipers Alley, 1608 N. Wells; at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; at the University of Chicago’s Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.; at the University of Chicago’s Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis; at Columbia College, 623 S. Wabash; at the Chicago Historical Society, Clark at North; at Northwestern University’s Norris Center, 1999 South Campus Drive, Evanston; at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. Saint Louis; at Loyola University, 820 N. Michigan; at Roberto Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western; and on an outdoor video screen at the Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 2011 W. Pershing. Ticket prices per program (apart from opening night and free screenings) are $6; $4 for students, senior citizens, and disabled persons; and $3 for Chicago Latino Cinema members. Festival passes, good for all screenings except opening and closing nights, are $60, $40 for members. For more information call 431-1330.


Habeas Corpus

An experimental Argentinean feature by Jorge Acha about torture at a clandestine detention center in the late 70s and early 80s (1989). To be shown with a U.S. short on a related subject by Stefan Ferreira Cluver, Observations on Certain Sensations at 37¡ 45′ N, 122¡ 23′ W (1992). (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

The Ballad of Tina Juarez

and O No Coronado!

The first is a 45-minute fiction film from the U.S. (1992) by Juan Uribe about a 16-year-old Mexican orphan who winds up as a maid in a bordello after crossing the border into Texas; the second is an experimental film by U.S. filmmaker Craig Baldwin (1992) mixing campy found footage with sarcastic reenactments of the 1540 conquistador invasion of the U.S. southwest. On the same program, Susana Ortiz’s short A Better Life. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)


Short Films #1

Five U.S. shorts–Mario Castillo’s A Composition: Animated Soundtrack (1974), Garrick Wilkie’s The Tale of Father Miguel, Jorge Oliver’s Lucid, Geoffrey Sharp’s Dreams of Winning the Lottery, and Guillermina Zabala’s A Voice From the Edge–and one short from Colombia, Diego Garcia-Moreno’s Ballad of the Sea Unseen (1984). (Facets Multimedia, 3:00)

Transnational Fiesta

A Peruvian video documentary by Wilton Martinez about a family reunion and patron-saint fiesta (1992). On the same program, Andrea Leland’s short video documentary from and about Guatemala, The Long Road Home. (Facets Multimedia, 6:00)

End of the Round

Olegario Barrera’s Venezuelan feature about an exploited boxer and his fortune-teller sister (1992). (Pipers Alley, 6:30)


An experimental narrative from Argentina by Jorge Acha about a construction crew (1991). On the same program, Daniel Ulises Fracezon’s animated Argentinean short Devotion (1992). (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00)

Maria Antonia

Adapted from Eugenio Hernandez’s play, this Cuban feature by Sergio Giral, set in Havana in the 50s, concerns a beautiful, rebellious young woman taken to a high priest by her godmother; with Alina Rodriguez and Alexis Valdez (1990). (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Gift From Paquito

Luis Avalo’s U.S. video about a little boy who runs away from home (1992). On the same program, two shorter videos: Carlos Nader’s Beijoqueiro: Portrait of a Serial Kisser (1992) from Brazil and Isaac Artenstein’s Son of Border Crisis (1990) from the U.S. (Facets Multimedia, 8:00)

The Dumbfounded King

An absurdist Spanish sex comedy by Imanol Uribe about the Spanish Inquisition (1991). (Pipers Alley, 8:30)

Married Life

A pretty good Mexican revenge comedy by Carlos Carrera about an abused wife (Socorro Bonilla) who has to wait most of her life to dispose of her philandering husband (Alonso Echanove); you’ve seen it all before, but the direction and performances give it some flavor and bite (1992). (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

The Southern Cross

A Spanish feature by Patricio Guzman that sounds like a historical pageant with music, restaging religious ceremonies in scenic Inca and Mayan ruins, and re-creating encounters between Spanish conquistadores and Indians in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil (1992). (Pipers Alley, 10:30)


Short Films #2

Five U.S. shorts: Nino Rodriguez’s Wake, Danny Acosta’s A History of Violence (1992), Alejandro Hinojosa Jr.’s Buddies, David Meyers’s The Melting Pot, and George Busot’s When Tribes Collide (1992). (Facets Multimedia, 3:00)

The Electoral Fiesta

A video documentary by Francis Kandel and Maria-Luisa Santoni about the recent elections in the Dominican Republic (1992). On the same program, two shorter videos: Lourdes Portillo’s Columbus on Trial (1992) from the U.S. and Julia Vargas-Weise’s Bolivian At Tatala’s Feet (1992). (Facets Multimedia, 6:00)

The Fencing Master

A swashbuckler from Spain by Pedro Olea, set in the 1860s; with Omero Antonutti, Assumpta Serna, and Joaquim de Almeida (1992). (Pipers Alley, 6:30)

End of the Round

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

Short Videos

From the U.S., Maria Rodriguez and Madhavi Rangachar’s (un)named (1992), Joan Harve’s New World Order (1992), and Dalida Maria Benfield’s Canal Zone; from Cuba, Arturo Arias-Polo’s The Peanut Vendor (1989); from Argentina, Dolly Pussi’s We Can See (1991); and from Colombia, Diego Garcia-Moreno’s Corn Bread (1992). (Facets Multimedia, 8:00)

The Legand of Tanguito

Marcelo Pineyro’s Argentinean feature about a musician in Buenos Aires during the late 60s who, along with his philosophy-student girlfriend, becomes involved with rock music with political lyrics; cowritten by Aida Bortnik (The Official Story). (Pipers Alley, 8:30)

Short Films #3

Nancy de los Santos’s Breaking Pan With Sol, Norberto Barba’s Chavez Ravine, and Bob Morones’s Who Will Sing the Songs? (1990), all from the U.S. (Facets Multimedia, 8:30)


Gift From Paquito

See listing under Saturday, September 25. (Chicago Historical Society, 2:00)

The Dumbfounded King

See listing under Saturday, September 25. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Short Films #1

See listing under Saturday, September 25. (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00)

Latin Nights

A Canadian documentary by Anthony Azzopardi about Latin American music in Toronto (1991). On the same program, John Kovacevich’s U.S. short Portrait of an Artist: Victor Hugo Zayas. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

You Only Live Once

Marianne Eyde’s Peruvian feature concerns a young peasant girl in a mountain village who falls in love with a terrorist (1992). (Pipers Alley, 7:00)

The Legend of Tanguito

See listing under Sunday, September 26. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)

Confessing to Laura

A fiction film directed by Jaine Osorio Gomez concerning Colombia during the violent aftermath of the assassination of Jorge Elieser Gaitan in 1948 as experienced by three neighbors (1990). (Pipers Alley, 9:00)


Cuba Va: The Challenge of the Next Generation

Cuban youths of different persuasions discuss their country in this video documentary by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco. On the same progam, two Cuban video shorts: Ortiz de Zarate’s The Illustrated Man & When You Close Your Eyes (1992), about painter Manuel Mendive’s work with dancers, based on a Ray Bradbury story; and Pablo Basulto’s Red for the Lips (1992). (Loyola Univ., 6:00)


See listing under Saturday, September 25. (Columbia College, 6:30)

Mission Accomplished

Highlights from a Puerto Rican miniseries based on the true story of a student radical who became an undercover agent, directed by Gilberto Rivera (1992). (Roberto Clemente High School, 6:30)

The Ballad of Tina Juarez

See listing under Friday, September 24. (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00)

Memories of Tata

A documentary from the U.S. by Sheldon Schiffer about the impact of machismo on three generations of his family. On the same program, Jeffrey Reyna’s U.S. short Regeneration (1992). (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

The Scent of Gardenias

Guilherme de Almeida Prado’s Brazilian feature about a cabdriver who murders a couple trying to rob him, shortly before his wife becomes a successful soap-opera actress (1992). (Pipers Alley, 7:00)

The Journey

Fernando E. Solanas’s fanciful Argentinean feature about a man in search of his father throughout much of Latin America was initially banned from Buenos Aires for ridiculing Argentina’s president (1991). (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Married Life

See listing under Saturday, September 25. (Pipers Alley, 9:00)

You Only Live Once

See listing under Monday, September 27. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)


Cuba Va: The Challenge of the Next Generation

See listing under Tuesday, September 28. (Chicago Historical Society, 2:00)

The Ballad of Tina Juarez

See listing under Friday, September 24. (Columbia College, 6:30)

Memories of Tata

See listing under Tuesday, September 28. (Northwestern Univ. Norris Center, 7:00)

Short Films #2

See listing under Sunday, September 26. (Northeastern Illinois Univ., 7:00)

The Southern Cross

See listing under Saturday, September 25. (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)

A Dream in the Abyss

In this Venezuelan feature by Oscar Lucien, two teenagers try to attract national support so they can realize their dream of climbing Mount Everest, and one of them turns in desperation to smuggling drugs to Puerto Rico (1991). (Pipers Alley, 7:00)

Wild Blue Moon

A new U.S. feature by Francesca Fisher and Taggert Siegel about an American painter and draft dodger in Mexico in 1968 who becomes involved with both a flamenco dancer and her daughter. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Excessive Baggage

Director Gabriel Retes stars in this Mexican feature as a man emerging from a 20-year coma to discover the changes in his family and in Mexico; Retes’s own son and daughter play the hero’s children (1991). (Pipers Alley, 9:00)

The Traveling Show

Carlos Avila’s hour-long narrative from the U.S. describes what happens when a theater group that entertains Chicano laborers arrives in a southern California town the same day a farm worker sees his best friend shot by a sheriff’s deputy (1992). On the same program, Robert Diaz LeRoy’s half-hour U.S. short I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1990). (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)


Short Films #3

See listing under Sunday, September 26. (Columbia College, 1:30)

The Traveling Show

See listing under Wednesday, September 29. (Spanish Coalition for Jobs, 7:00)


Pablo Perelman’s Chilean feature about an architect in Santiago, the lone survivor of a police massacre at an underground student meeting, who escapes to an island and has troubled fantasies about both the past and his work restoring a church (1992). (Pipers Alley, 7:00)

Rhythm Like Nobody Else

The directorial debut of actor Andy Garcia–a documentary about the life of Israel Lopez, also known as “Cachao,” the Cuban bassist and bandleader. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00)

Excess Baggage

See listing under Wednesday, September 29. (Pipers Alley, 9:00)

The Scent of Gardenias

See listing under Tuesday, September 28. (Facets Multimedia, 9:00)