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Latino Showcase Night at Newport Beach Film Festival

Spotlight on three films from Brazil, Chile, and Mexico followed by a gala celebration of Latino film, food and culture, May 2

By Aaron Santanello
Published on LatinoLA: April 23, 2012


Latino Showcase Night at Newport Beach Film Festival


On Wednesday, May 2, 2012 the Newport Beach Film Festival will present its 13th annual Latino Showcase, an evening celebration of Latino cinema and culture. The event will feature premiere screenings of Latino films, followed by a festive post screening gala. With the countries of Brazil, Chile and Mexico represented, the Latino Showcase will give filmgoers an opportunity to experience Latino film and culture at its finest.

The Latino Showcase will feature the regional premieres of the Brazilian Spotlight Heleno; the Chilean Spotlight Blue Bay; and the Mexican Spotlight Between Us.

Heleno (US Premiere), is the gripping true-life story of the Brazilian soccer superstar Heleno de Freitas. Blue Bay (Bahia Azul) (US Premiere), is a strong family drama that delivers on all levels. Between Us (Aqu?° Entre Nos) (OC Premiere) is a wonderful comedy that explores the twists and turns that family relationships experience over time.

"The Festival is exceptionally proud to showcase such strong Latino cinema," stated Gregg Schwenk, CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival. "We look forward to presenting compelling contemporary works of Latino filmmakers and hosting a sensational event that celebrates Latino art and culture."

The films will screen on Wednesday, May 2nd at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach, CA 92660).

Attendees can choose one of the three Showcase films and participate in the after gala event.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
7:45 p.m. ‘«Ű Heleno (2011, Brazil, 116 min)
8:00 p.m. ‘«Ű Blue Bay (2011, Chile, 90 min) (Bahia Azul)
8:15 p.m. ‘«Ű Between Us (2011, Mexico, 73 min) (Aqu?° Entre Nos)
10:00 p.m. ‘«Ű Post Screening Gala (Fashion Island)

The post-screening celebration will take place at the Nordstrom Courtyard in the center of Fashion Island. The event will included select tastings from top Orange County restaurants, traditional entertainment as well as multiple DJs. Hosted bar by Stella Artois and Absolut.

Fashion Island retail partners Athleta, Earnest Sewn and Johnny Was will offer special in-store promotions and entertainment. For ticket and information please visit: www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com

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