38th Chicago Latin Film Festival Screens Two Films at Instituto Cervantes | Chicago Reel


Immersion, the first feature film by Nicolás Postioglione

The 38th Chicago Latin Film Festival has announced two special screenings at the Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St.: Nicolas Postioglionethe first feature film by Immersion on Sunday, April 24 and the US premiere of Javier Espadathe new documentary Buñuel, a surrealist filmmaker Thursday, April 28.

Both events begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-screening reception and post-screening discussion.

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Chile in Chicago and featuring Alfredo Castro (The club, From afar), Immersion tells the story of a boat trip that takes the wrong turn. Ricardo brought his daughters Tere and Claudia to their dilapidated family home in southern Chile. One day, on their yacht, they see three men whose boat is taking on water calling for help. Instead of coming to their aid, Ricardo turns around, ignoring Tere’s pleas. His excuse? They look suspicious. To prove he’s not a coward, Ricardo returns and saves them. One of the three apparently drowned after beginning to swim towards Ricardo’s yacht. Tensions rise within the quintet as Ricardo’s prejudice and paranoia take hold.

Cervantes Institute

Cervantes Institute

Javier Espadasequel to his 2008 documentary The Last Scenario: Remembering Buñuel —where the son of Buñuel John Luis, and his frequent collaborator Jean-Claude Carriere took audiences on a tour of the countries and cities in which the filmmaker lived and worked—, Buñuel, a surrealist filmmaker was born from a speech that Espada made in the context of an exhibition dedicated to Buñuel at the Cinemateca de Mexico. Produced and edited during pandemic shutdowns, Espada’s new documentary compiles and restores archives rescued from film libraries, collections and historical holdings, including never-before-seen material like stereoscopic footage shot by Buñuel’s father in Zaragoza and Calanda. Buñuel, a surrealist filmmaker is more than an introduction to the director’s influential work and career; it also opens up new avenues for approaching and understanding his filmography.

“The Instituto Cervantes has long hosted so many of our events that it makes perfect sense for us to host this documentary about Spain’s greatest filmmakers in their auditorium. Buñuel’s work is still as influential today as it is today. ‘he was when his movies first came out,’ said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center in Chicago.

“The Chilean Consulate General in Chicago has also been one of our strongest partners and allies. Their continued support allows us to bring to the Festival a meaningful and representative sample of one of the most vibrant film scenes in Latin America today,” added Vargas.

Produced by the Chicago International Latin Cultural Centerthe 38th Chicago Latin Film Festival, April 21-May 1, will feature films from all over Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. The Festival will once again adopt a hybrid format with face-to-face screenings at the Landmark Century Center, 2828 N. Clark St.several Drive-In presentations at ChiTown Movies, 2343 S. Throop St., and with virtual screenings via Eventive available to residents of Illinois and the Midwestern states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana.


Tickets for screenings at Instituto Cervantes are (includes both reception and film): general, $25; Members of the ILCC, $20.

Tickets are now on sale at chicagolatinofilmfestival.org.

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