Colombian films at the Chicago Latino Film Festival

Fifty feature films and 36 short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States will be presented at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, one of the most important in the American film calendar.

The event is held from this Thursday, April 21 to May 1. As with its previous edition, the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will feature in-person screenings at the Landmark Century Center, 2828 N. Clark St., drive-in screenings at ChiTown Movies, 2343 S. Throop St., and virtual screenings, but these are limited to those in Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.

On opening night, Abner Benaim’s Cathedral Square was shown and tells the story of racial and class divisions in Panama.

Among some Colombian productions that will be presented during this Latin Film Festival are: The City of Wild Beasts, The Red Tree, Songs that Flood the River, Catching the White Tuna, and the short films: Zarzal, Between You and Milagros, The Internaut, and Animals of War.

Other films that will premiere at CLFF are: Candela from the Dominican Republic, Carajita from the Dominican Republic and Argentina, The Invisibles from Ecuador, The Ultima Gira from Puerto Rico, Yo and the bestias from Venezuela, Luna’s Heart from Peru, Altar Cuba and Spain), blood red beeffrom Bolivia and the United States; boreal from Paraguay and Mexico; Borrosa Women of El Salvador, Buñuel, a surrealist filmmaker from Spain, Interior of the Resplandor from Venezuela, Mia and Me from Spain, My girl is the revolution from Mexico, The red treea joint production by Colombia, Panama and France, and Zahori from Argentina, Switzerland, Chile, France, among others.

The Chicago Latin Film Festival (CLFF) takes place every April and is organized by the International Latin Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), a non-profit organization.

The event aims to promote and make visible the work of Latin American filmmakers, focusing on all those productions that show the cultural richness of Latin America and also of the United States.

The first edition of the festival took place in 1985. Currently, it is still a non-competitive festival, although since 1993 the public can vote for their favorite film in different categories. The winner of the public prize will be announced on May 4.