10 Years and Counting

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival will be held October 5th - 15th at the Egyptian Theatre

By Palmy Carballido
Published on LatinoLA: October 2, 2006

10 Years and Counting

Actor, director and activist Edward James Olmos and Marlene Dermer co-founders of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) are proud to announce the lineup for the upcoming 10th edition of one of the premiere Latino film festivals in the United States. LALIFF, founded in 1996, is celebrating its first decade at the renowned Egyptian Theatre. LALIFF will present feature films, documentaries and shorts from Latino filmmakers from the US and around the world.

LALIFF 2006 will host the US Premieres of eleven feature films, the most ever for the festival, including: El Camino De San Diego (Argentina), dir. Carlos Soria; Se Eu Fosse Voce (If I Were You, Brazil), dir. Daniel Filho; O Maior Amor do Mundo, (The Greatest Love in the World, Brazil) dir. Caca Diegues; El Benny (Cuba) dir. Jorge Luis S?nchez; Un Mundo Maravilloso (A Wonderful World, Mexico), dir. Luis Estrada; Your Name Is Justine (Poland), dir. Franco De Pe?a; La Fiesta Del Chivo (Feast of the Goat, Peru), dir. Luis Llosa; La Vida Perra de Juanita Narboni (The Wretched Life of Juanita Narboni, Spain), dir. Farida Benlyazid; Los Aires Dif?ciles (Rough Winds, Spain), dir. Gerardo Herrero; So?ar No Cuesta Nada (A Ton Of Luck, Columbia), dir. Rodrigo Triana; and La Prueba (The Trial, Peru/Cuba/Argentina), dir. Judith Velez.

The festival will also host the West Coast Premiere of Yellow (US), starring and co-produced by Roselyn Sanchez ("Without a Trace"), directed by Alfredo de Villa. Los Angeles Premieres include: Elsa y Fred (Elsa and Fred, Argentina) dir. Marcos Carnevale; Solo Dios Sabe (Only God Knows, Mexico) dir. Carlos Bolado; and Iluminados por el fuego (Enlightened by Fire, Argentina), dir. Tristan Bauer.

LALIFF will conclude with the screening of Pretendiendo (Chile) starring Barbara Mori (La Mujer de Mi Hermano) and directed by Claudio Dabed in his directorial feature debut. The Closing Night Ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 15 at the Egyptian Theatre.

LALIFF's mission is to promote the richness and diversity of established and emerging talent. This year, the festival opens its doors once more to showcase the directorial feature debut of new and up-and-coming Latino directors from around the world. Some of the films competing in the Opera Prima category include: Ladrones y Mentirosos (Puerto Rico) dir. Ricardo Mendez Matta and Poli Marichal; East Side Story (United States) dir. Carlos Portugal; Splinter (United States) dir. Michael Olmos; Fuga (Chile) dir. Pablo Larrain; and Parentesis (Time Out, Chile) dir. Francisca Schweitzer and Pablo Solis.
Other highlights include the World Premieres of El Clown (The Clown, Puerto Rico), dir. Pedro Adorno Irizarry and Emilio Rodriguez Vazquez; and Entremedio (A Place Within, Puerto Rico) dir. Andres Ramirez.

Some of the documentaries at the festival include the acclaimed documentary feature En el Hoyo (In the Pit, Mexico), directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo; the World Premiere of Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano (US) prod. Dan Guerrero and Nancy de los Santos; and The Guestworker (US) dir. Charles Thompson. LALIFF will also present the Los Angeles premiere of Los Lonely Boys: Cotton Fields & Crossroads (US) dir. Hector Galan. Other documentaries in competition include Goya 2006 winner Filmmakers vs. Tycoons (US) dir. Carlos Benpar; Film Festival Munich winner, Crossing Arizona (United States) dir. Joseph Mathew and Dan De Vivo; Jury Award 2006 Tribeca Film Festival Maquilapolis (US) dir. Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre; and highly anticipated Glass House (US) dir. Brad Marlowe.

LALIFF, a qualifying festival in the Short Award Category of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, will also present a solid Short Program including: 2006 New York International Latino Film Festival winner Betty La Flaca (US) dir. Hugo Perez; the highly awarded Mexican short, La Leche y el Agua (The Water and The Milk, Mexico) dir. Celso Garcia Romero; the award winning animated short The Tell Tale Heart (Spain) dir. Raul Garcia; Gold Audience Award 2006 Sundance Center, Intelligence (US) dir. Allen Martinez; and 3:52 (US) dir. Shawna Baca and starring America Ferrara (Real Women Have Curves, "Ugly Betty").

In a continuing effort to promote the richness and diversity of Latino stories in cinema, LALIFF will present various specialized programs during the 11-day event: Spotlight on Brazil; Spotlight on Andalucia Cinema; Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) Showcase; Music Program; World Visions; and the Immigration Program, which will feature films dealing with one of today's most relevant issues for the Latino community. This year LALIFF is also proud to host Estrenos Magazine as they present their 3rd Annual Latin DVD Expo to take place during the festival at the Egyptian Theatre grounds on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 12.

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival was founded in 1996 when the City of Los Angeles first looked at the possibility of having an official Latino film festival to cater to the cultural needs of the rapidly growing Latino community. The festival was founded by a group of visionaries led by Marlene Dermer, an independent producer with vast knowledge of Latin film and programming, George Hernandez, an independent film and music producer; and actor, director, producer and activist Edward James Olmos.

LALIFF, a 501c3 non-profit organization, has established the LALIFF Collection at the Academy Film Archive, which is open to the public and includes film titles presented at past festivals. At the beginning of 2006, LALIFF announced the creation of the Latino International Film Institute (LIFI), dedicated to mentor, develop and support Latino filmmakers with independent and diverse visions in the United States and internationally; to provide an outlet and distribution opportunities; and to support the development and further education of school children from elementary to junior college in the United States.

LALIFF's Opening Night Gala will be held on Thursday, October 5th and will conclude on Sunday, October 15th with the Closing Night Gala & Award Ceremony. The Gaby Award Night will be held on Saturday, October 14th. All screenings will take place at the Egyptian Theatre.

LALIFF is a membership organization; for more information on LIFI, the festival and to check the 2006 festival's schedule, please visit: www.latinofilm.org. Tickets for screenings are available at: www.TicketWeb.com or at the Egyptian Theatre Box Office beginning Oct. 5th.

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