The 21st Chicago Latino Film Festival will screen 58 feature films from 20 countries and 31 shorts from 13 countries at more than a dozen venues across the city and suburbs.
The Festival’s Opening Night Gala April 8 will be followed by Silvio Caiozzi’s Chilean art world drama “Cachimba.” Caiozzi and producer Guadalupe Bornand will appear. At Northwestern’s Thorne Auditorium, Chicago Ave. and Lake Shore Drive. 6 p.m. Screening and gala, $65, $50 for International Latino Cultural Center members. Screening only, $20, members $15.
Winners of the Columbia College Latino Film Festival and Latino Art Beat Video and Animation Competition will screen April 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Columbia’s Conway Center, 1104 S. Wabash.
The Festival’s Night of Spain opens with Iciar Bollain’s suspense picture “Te Doy Mis Ojos” (“Take My Eyes”), April 11 at 6 p.m. Reception follows at Piper’s Alley, 1608 N. Wells. $30, $25 for members.
Noche Mexicana April 16, begins with a 6 p.m. reception followed by Jaime Aparicio presenting his film “El Mago” (“The Magician”), about a street performer facing his final days, at 8 p.m. At Thorne Auditorium. Reception and screening, $65, $50 for members. Screening only, $20, members $15.
The festival closes April 20 with Carlos Diegues’ “Deus ? Brasileiro” (“God is Brazilian”), a divine comedy about the burned-out Almighty’s search for a successor. Diegues, a preeminent director in Brazil’s Cinema Novo movement, will accept the CLFF’s annual Gloria Award. Producer Renata de Almeida Magalhaes will also attend. At AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois, 6 p.m. Brazilian fiesta at Pazzo’s 455 City Front Plaza. $50, members $40.
Tickets for festival screenings are $10, $9 for students, seniors and disabled, $8 for ILCC/Film Center members. Passes for 10 admissions are $80, $70 for members. For a complete schedule see www.latinoculturalcenter.org/filmfest or call the festival hotline at 312/431-1330.