The 15th annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) will be hosting an exciting roster of films with over 76 titles from all over Latin America and the U.S. The 9-day event begins on Sunday, July 17 and ends Monday, July 25 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood highlighting 42 feature films (29 narrative and 13 documentaries) and 34 short films from 14 different countries. But it’s Without Men and Cowboys & Aliens that have fans itching to purchase their tickets.
Eva Longoria and Christian Slater will co-star alongside Kate del Castillo, Maria Conchita Alonso, Paul Rodriguez, Judy Reyes and Oscar Nunez in Without Men, a comedy about women living in a remote Latin American town forced to pick up the pieces and remake their world when all the town's men are forcibly recruited by communist guerrillas. The film plays with the age-old question, what would happen if women ruled the world? Without Men will screen on Sunday, July 24.
Cowboys & Aliens, considered one the most anticipated films this summer starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, it will be the festival’s Closing Night Gala Presentation on Monday, July 25. Directed by Jon Favreau, the action-thriller was co-written and co-produced by Mexican-born Roberto Orci.
Orci is no newcomer to Hollywood. His work includes The Legend of Zorro, Mission: Impossible III and Transformers to name a few. And his work isn’t going unnoticed.
“Roberto has been able to reinvent his career and overcome limitations; in the process, he has become one of the most influential Latinos in Hollywood today. He embodies the next generation of Latino talent,” said Marlene Dermer, LALIFF executive director, programmer and co-founder.
The festival will also honor Oscar winning cinematographer for Pan’s Labyrinth, Guillermo Navarro, with the 2011 Gabi Lifetime Achievement Award. Navarro’s latest project is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn currently in post-production. Twilight fans looking for behind the scenes info on Breaking Dawn can chat with Navarro on Sunday, July 24th as part of the ‘Café Con…’ festival series.
And if you’re wondering what else is in store? Here are five movie picks that we think you’ll enjoy.
A passionate aspiring actress tired of her miserable life and lack of opportunities travels to Miami and Hollywood in search of her big break.
Chile/ México —Alguien ha Visto a Lupita? (Have You Seen Lupita?)
Lupita (Dulce María), a young Mexican girl with a vivid imagination, is locked in a mental hospital but it doesn’t take long for the sassy dreamer to escape and journey through Mexico’s lavish, crazy and hilarious world. Carmen Salinas, Angelica Castro and Cristian de la Fuente co-star.
México —Hidalgo, La Historia Jamás Contada
Punished for his progressive ideas, Miguel Hidalgo sits in his jail cell in Chihuahua’s Military Hospital remembering key moments of his life from his time as a parish priest, translating and producing Moliere’s play Tartuffe and falling in love with Josefina Quintana. Luis Urquiza and Ana de la Reguera co-star.
Puerto Rico—América…Ella se Atrevió
America, a 30-year-old mother who lives in a remote Caribbean village, experiences a mother’s nightmare when her abusive lover takes their daughter. Attempting to rebuild her life she moves to New York but her past continues to haunt her.
México/France/Poland—El Premio (The Prize)
Seven-year-old Ceci, who lives with her mother in hiding from military suppression in Argentina, has to keep a huge secret--but she doesn't completely understand what the secret is about. Her family’s lives depend on her silence. But what exactly must she keep silent about?
For those worried about Carmageddon there is an up-side to attending the fest. Festival attendees that take any Metro transportation service will received ticket discounts.
For more information on screenings, tickets and panels visit www.latinofilm.org