Latino Showcase at Newport Beach Film Festival 2010

Festival will spotlight from Mexico, Chile, and Brazil followed by a gala celebration of Latino film, food and culture

Published on LatinoLA: April 2, 2010

Latino Showcase at Newport Beach Film Festival 2010

On Sunday, April 25, 2010 the Newport Beach Film Festival will present its 11th 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 Mexico, Chile and Brazil 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 Mexican Spotlight, Alamar (To The Sea), the Chilean Spotlight, Weekend, and the Brazilian Spotlight, Simonal- Ninguem Sabe o Duro que Dei.
Alamar (To The Sea), a beautiful story told on the sea, a young boy, Natan, goes on a journey that he will never forget. Before Natan returns with his mother to her native Italy, he accompanies his father, a humble fisherman in Mexico, on a voyage of self-discovery as his father attempts to instill in him a sense of his Mayan origins. Weekend, a romantic comedy by Joaquin Mora and starring Francisca Benedetti, Patricio Ochoa, Sofia Garcia, and Diego Munoz. When two old friends and a beautiful, young hitchhiker spend a weekend together, confusion and conflict arise within the love triangle. Simonal‘«ŰNinguem Sabe o Duro que Dei, an extraordinary documentary about the rise and fall of a Brazilian singing sensation. Wilson Simonal was a lounge singer with quality, charisma, charm, swing, and sensuality as he became Brazil's star and won hearts internationally. The films will screen at the Edwards Island Cinemas, located in Fashion Island at 999 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach.

Attendees can choose one of the three Showcase films and then participate in the after event.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
7:30pm ‘«Ű Alamar (2009, TRT ‘«Ű 73 min)
7:45pm ‘«Ű Weekend (2009, TRT ‘«Ű 83 min)
8pm - Simonal - Ninguem Sabe o Duro que Dei (2009, TRT ‘«Ű 98 min)

"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 post-screening celebration will take place at Kimera Restaurant Lounge, located at 19530 Jamboree Road, Irvine. Kimera offers a unique fusion of cuisines highlighted by a contemporary and modern setting. An admission to one of the Latino Showcase films and the post event is $35.00. For ticket information and updates visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com

Celebrated as one of the leading film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event, attracting over 51,000 attendees to Southern California. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a fresh and diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. Located along the pristine Orange County coastline, the Newport Beach Film Festival offers attendees an optimal setting to experience filmmaking at its best.

With its action packed slate of film screenings, red carpet galas, international spotlights, nightly receptions, compelling conversations with filmmakers, fashion shows, music performances and industry seminars, the Newport Beach Film Festival has quickly gained recognition among filmmakers and audiences worldwide. The eleventh annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 22-29, 2010 and will spotlight over 350 films from around the world. www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com

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