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Cine Latino Film festival coming to town




Peter Schilling, Publicity & Outreach Director
Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul


October 16, 2017 Minneapolis, MN — ‚ÄčThe Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul announced today the Opening Night celebration at Jefe: Urban Hacienda and visiting filmmakers and actors to the forthcoming Cine Latino Film Festival, November 16-19, showing at the Film Society’s St. Anthony Main Theatre and other venues in the Twin Cities.

Returning for a fifth year, Cine Latino offers a rich tapestry of stories from across the vast cultural, social and historical landscape that is Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, taking moviegoers on a journey across geography, history, age, gender, social and political issues and the complexities of human relationships.

The Opening Night Celebration begins Thursday, November 16 with a screening of Carla Simón’s Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) followed by a fiesta at Jefe: Urban Hacienda with live salsa music.

“Cine Latino celebrates its 5th Edition with a prolific, diverse and prestigious group of directors and guest talent representing the most acclaimed films from the region, helping establish this as one of the fastest-growing Latino festivals in the US,” said Artistic Director Hebe Tabachnik.


Our Opening Night feature, Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993), won the Best First Feature Award at the 2017 Berlinale. Described by The Hollywood Reporter as “a delicately crafted, moving filmic memoir,” Summer 1993 has been chosen to represent Spain at the 90th Academy Awards. The film’s writer and director, Carla Simón, will be in attendance.


From Spain, we also welcome Miguel Ángel Rosales, director of the music documentary Gurumbé, Afro-Andalusian Memories (Gurumbé. Canciones de tu memoria negra).


In our Focus on Mexico we are honored to have the presence of three outstanding women directors here with their films as part of our Women on Film program: Mitzi Vanessa Arreola, co-director, writer and editor of The 4th Company (La 4ta Companía), recent winner of 10 Ariel Awards (Mexican Academy of Film awards); Lucía Gajá, director of the powerful documentary Intimate Battles (Batallas Íntimas) enjoying its US Premiere; and Sofia Carrillo, one of the most prominent animators from the renowned Jalisco School (the cradle for such acclaimed filmmakers as Guillermo del Toro), who will be presenting the shorts “Prita Noire” (2011 Ariel Award for Best Animated Short), “The Sad House”, and “Cerulia” winner of Best Animated Short at this year’s Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG). The Focus on Mexico is also honored to welcome director José Ramón Chávez and his debut feature Help Me Make It Through the Night (Ayúdame a pasar la noche), winner of the FICG Audience Award winner. To round out our list of stellar guests we are proud to present Andrés Crespo, lead actor and writer of this year’s Oscar submission from Ecuador, Such is Life in the Tropics (Sin muertos no hay carnaval).

Cine Latino will be an opportunity for audience members to meet and connect with talented filmmakers from around the world, and participate in a variety of engaging film-related events: workshops, panels and parties, with great food and music to round out the experience.


The full Cine Latino 2017 slate will be announced later this month. Artistic Director Hebe Tabachnik and Film Society Board Member Paola Nuñez-Obetz are available for interviews in English and Spanish, as will be the filmmakers in attendance.

The press release, featuring bios of the visiting filmmakers and short summaries of the films, is attached. A full press release in Spanish will be available shortly.
Please contact Publicity & Outreach Director Peter Schilling with any questions about this program.