the 38th Chicago Latin Film Festivalpresented by Corona Extra, announced its selections for its closing and late-night screenings at Drive-in ChiTown Movies2343 S. Throop St., Saturday, April 30.
The Festival closes with the Midwest premiere of Chilean director Francisca Alegría’s feature debut The cow that sang a song in the future with Mía Maestro, Alfredo Castro and Leonor Varela. The doors to the closing night screening open at 6:30 p.m. with the film scheduled to start 7:30 p.m. The cow that sang a song in the future will be screened exclusively at the Drive-In.
It will be followed by a night screening of Blood Red Buffalo, First foray into horror by Bolivian director Rodrigo Bellott and first film of a potential trilogy. The doors to this Late Night screening open to 10:00 p.m. with the film scheduled to start 11 p.m. blood red buffalo will be available to view virtually via Eventive April 30 and May 1 to residents of Illinois and the Midwestern states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.
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There will be another day of in-person screenings at the Landmark Century Center, 2828 N. Clark St., on Sunday, May 1, with most films still available online throughout the Midwest.
The cow that sang a song in the future opens with thousands of fish dying in a polluted river in southern Chile. They sing as they gasp their last breaths and a woman in a motorcycle jacket and helmet emerges from between their bodies. She is Magdalena (Mía Maestro), a woman who committed suicide many years ago. Seeing her on the streets of the nearby town, her widowed husband (Alfredo Castro) suffers a heart attack. Their daughter Cecilia (Leonor Varela) arrives with her children to help her brother tend the family farm as her son Tomás, who identifies as female, forms a deep bond with his mostly resurrected grandmother. silent. This description barely scratches the surface of Francisca Alegría’s impressive debut feature fable about the fragility of family and environment.
With blood red buffaloBellot (I miss you, official selection of our 36th edition) follows in the footsteps of horror masters Dario Argento and Mario Bava to tell the story of Lebanese-American journalist Amir and his boyfriend Amat who visit a town in Bolivia threatened by a fuel company. Amat suddenly begins having visions of a giant blood-red ox; As Amir tries to save him from these paranoid attacks, he begins to wonder if he is also losing his mind. The first film of a projected trilogy, blood red buffalo will take viewers on an intense hallucinogenic journey into the heart of madness.
“Family relationships may be at the heart of Francisca’s feature debut, but at heart her film is much more than that. It’s a visually rich and thought-provoking exploration of our fragile relationship with the environment,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center in Chicago. “Bellott, like Abner Benaim from Panama and Gyro Bustamante from Guatemala, has become a film industry all to himself in his country. blood red buffalo is a prime example of his willingness to experiment with other genres and raise his country’s profile in world cinema.
Produced by the Chicago International Latin Cultural Centerthe 38th Chicago Latin Film Festival, April 21-May 1, will feature films from all over Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. The Festival will once again adopt a hybrid format with face-to-face screenings at the Landmark Century Center2828 N. Clark St., several Drive-In presentations at Chitown Films2343 S. Throop Street, and with virtual screenings via Eventive available to residents of Illinois and the Midwestern states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana.
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