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Latin American Film Festival

2015 Latin American Film Festival

September 18-24, 2015
126 West Church Street
Champaign, IL 61820


For the last eight years the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Illinois organizes a one-week Latin American film festival for all the community.


This year festival, Sept. 18-Sept. 24 we will screen six recent fiction films and one documentary from different countries of the region.




This year we celebrate the newly established relations with Cuba with two films and we are very pleased to announce the presence of the director of Invisible Collection, Bernard Attal, for a Q&A session with the audience on Friday night.


Each film will be screen three times and all of them have subtitles.




For information on the films and complete schedule check:



The Latin American Film Festival is made possible with the support from the Department of Anthropology, Spanish & Portuguese, Latino/a Studies, La Casa Cultural Latin, The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, the Office of Vice President for Institutional Advancement of Parkland College, and Jon’s Pipe Shop.





Bernard Attal, Film Director

      Friday September 18, 12- 1 pm, Forieng Languages Biulding 1040

  • Questions & Answers with Bernard Attal Film Director

    Friday September 18, 10:00 pm, The Art Theater Co-Op


FRI Sep 18, 6:00 pm / SAT Sep 20, 7:15 pm / WED Sep 23, 8:15 pm

  • Drama
  • Cuba, 2014, 108 m
  • Director: Ernesto Daranas
  • Cast: Alina Rodriguez, Armando Valdes Freire, Silvia Aguila, Yuliet Cruz

Chala is eleven years old and lives alone with his drug addict mother. He trains fighting dogs for a living, and this world of violence sometimes surfaces when he is at school. Carmela is his sixth grade teacher, for whom the boy feels affection and respect. One day she becomes ill and musts give up the school for several months. The new teacher, unable to understand Chala’s behavior, sends him off to a reeducation school. When Carmela returns, she rebels against this measure and other transformations her class has been subjected to. The relationship between the veteran teacher and the boy grows stronger, but this mutual commitment will jeopardize their continuance at the school.

  • Bogota Film Festival 2014, Best Film

  • Havana Film Festival 2014, Best Film

  • Huelva Latin American Film Festival 2014, Best Director

  • Malaga Spanish Film Festival 2014, Audience Award, Best Latin American Actress, Best Latin American Film and Director

  • Portland International Film Festival 2015, Won Audience Award


Watch the trailer:

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FRI Sep 18, 8:30 pm / MON Sep 21, 8:15 pm / THU Sep 24, 5:00 pm

  • Drama

  • Brazil, 2013, 89 m

  • Director: Bernard Attal

  • Cast: Vladimir Brichta, Walmor Chagas, Luisa Proserpio, Clarisse Abujamra

The young Beto ventures to the Brazilian countryside in search of a collection of rare drawings. There he meets Samir, the collector, and his family ruined by the demise of the cocoa plantations. The journey and the encounter will irrevocably change the young man's soul. Based on a short story by Stefan Zweig.


  • Bogota Film Festival 2013, Best Film

  • Festin Lisboa Film Festival, 2013 Won Best Film

  • Gramado Film Festival 2013, Won Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress, Audience Award

  • Maringa Film Festival 2013, Best Costume Design

    Paris Brazilian Film Festival 2014, Audience Award

Watch the trailer:


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SUN Sep 20, 5:00 pm / TUE Sep 22, 7:15 pm / THU Sep 24, 9:15 pm

  • Thriller, Drama

  • Uruguay, 2014, 100 m
  • Director: Enrique Buchichio
  • Cast: Cesar Troncoso, Martin Rodriguez, Abel Tripaldi

Two Uruguayan journalists embark on a journey of secrets, simulations, furtive encounters and paranoia when a mysterious informant contact them with the intention to reveal evidence of crimes by the military dictatorship that have never been investigated. The delivery is postponed repeatedly, patience runs out and anxiety grows, but the possibility of obtaining the information is stronger than any suspicion.

  • Huleva Latin American Film Festival 2014, Nest Film, Best Screenplay

  • Lleida Latin American Film Festival 2015, Screenplay Award

  • Chicago Latino Film Festival 2015, Nominated Audience Choice Award

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SAT Sep 19, 5:00 pm / SUN Sep 20, 9:30 pm / TUE Sep 22, 9:30 pm

  • Thriller

  • Chile, 2014, 82m

  • Director: Isidora Marras

  • Cast: Loreto Aravena, Paulina Garcia, Gabriela Aguilera

Olivia's cell phone rings incessantly with voices on the other line asking for someone Olivia has never met before. Obsessed with finding this woman, Olivia submerges herself into Chile's dark and tangled debt collection system – all to find Lorena. A case of mistaken identity becomes a living nightmare when a young actress finds herself relentlessly assailed by debt collectors, in this Kafkaesque fable for the information age.



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SAT Sep 19, 7:00 pm / TUE Sep 22, 5:00 pm / THU Sep 24, 7:00 pm

  • Comedy, Romance, Drama

  • Argentina, 2013, 98m

  • Director: Hernan Guerschuny

  • Cast: Rafael Spregelburd, Dolores Fonzi, Ignacio Rogers

A playful yet heartfelt take on the rom-com genre, THE FILM CRITIC follows Victor Tellez, a world-weary Buenos Aires film critic who prefers to think in French and eschews romantic cliches...until he finds himself living one.  Riddled with ennui and the maladie du cinema, Tellez drifts from screening to screening in search of cinematic perfection, casting judgment on filmmakers and their films with scathing incisiveness.  But when a chance meeting throws him into the jarring world of gorgeous thrill-seeker Sofia (Dolores Fonzi), he starts to question his meticulous, intellectual routine and realizes there’s more to his story than he ever dreamed.

  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2013 Nominee

  • International Jury Award, Best Feature Film Gramado Film Festival 2014 Won Critics Prize

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SAT Sep 19, 9:15 pm / MON Sep 21, 6:00 pm / WED Sep 23, 6:00 pm

  • Drama

  • Cuba, Spain, 2014, 104m

  • Director: Marilyn Solaya

  • Cast: Laura de la Uz, Luis Alberto García, Jorge Perugorria, Isabel Santos, Mario Guerra

In 90’s Havana, a nurse and a home builder hopelessly in love, live happily married. A circumstancial fact of her past life, will put their feelings to test and undermine the most elemental principles.


  • 6th Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY), Best Actress

  • Torino Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015, Audience Award

  • Havana Film Festival 2014, Won, Best First Work, Audience Award, Best Film

  • Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2015 Won, Audience Award, Best Latin American Film

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SAT Sep 19, 3:00 pm / SUN Sep 20, 3:00 pm

  • Documentary

  • Mexico 2014, 90m

  • Director: Arturo Gonzalez Villasenor

Mexico and the United States share the greatest border between the first and the third world. That makes it a bridge for thousands of migrants who expose themselves to every danger as they travel through the country on a train called “The Beast.” That’s where they meet the Patronas, a group of Mexican women who, every day since 1995, make food and toss it to the helpless as the train rushes by. This documentary is an intimate approach, a personal diary that draws a border between the life they were given and the life they chose. In the midst of a country at war, in a world where all hope seems lost, the Patronas breathe life into a human value that seems to be fading with each day: love for one another.

  •  San Francisco International Film Festival 2014

  • Los Cabos International Film Festival 2014

Watch the trailer:

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