Too many incredible Latino movies for one ardent critic



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The Chicago Latino Film Festival poses a problem – a good problem, but a problem nonetheless. There are just too many interesting shows to watch, and as any cinephile won’t admit, we’re just singular bodies who can’t be in more than one place at a time.

This year’s edition presents the same dilemma, but as a holdover from deep pandemic years, select films will be available to rent and stream online, allowing for some flexibility. (Note that the virtual options are available to view in blocks: from April 22 to 26; from April 27 to May 1, and from April 30 to May 1)

Personal screenings will take place at three locations: Landmark’s Century Center Cinema, the ChiTown Movies drive-in, and Instituto Cervantes downtown. Opening night, a drive-in screening from Panamanian director Abner Benaim’s Cathedral Square (2021), will be screened in ChiTown Movies on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 PM. In the film, a wealthy real estate agent whose son died in a freak accident begins to care for a young boy off the street.

French illustrator Aurel brings the story of Catalan cartoonist Josep Bartolí to life in the animated film Josep (2020), which includes the artist’s internment in a concentration camp during the Spanish Civil War and his longstanding love affair with artist Frida Kahlo. Most play presentations include an accompanying short film; of Josep shows Chilean filmmakers Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña’s The boneswhich claims to be a 1901 silent film that was “rediscovered” in the year 2023. in a relationship with at the age of 15) instrumental in the creation and, later, the revision of the country’s constitution.

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