Lionsgate's 'Pretendiendo' to close out fest

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Antonio Banderas will receive a Gabi Lifetime Achievement award at the 10th annual Los Angeles Latino Intl. Film Festival, which starts Thursday.

Upcoming Lionsgate release “Pretendiendo,” starring Barbara Mori, will close the fest Oct 15. Fest also has slated a sneak preview of a high-profile pic for Monday.

Banderas will pick up his award, named after Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, Saturday at the Egyptian, the official fest venue.

Latino fest will host the U.S. premieres of 11 pics, the most yet for the decade-old fest co-founded by Edward James Olmos, fest director-producer Marlene Dermer and producer George Hernandez.

These include Colombian blockbuster “Soñar no cuesta nada” (A Ton of Luck) by Rodrigo Triana; Luis Llosa’s English-language thriller “La fiesta del chivo,” starring Isabella Rossellini; Cuban musical biopic “El Benny” by Jorge Luis Sanchez; Argentine helmer Carlos Sorin’s “El camino de San Diego”; and Brazilian helmer Carlos Diegues’ “O major amor do mundo” (The Greatest Love in the World).

Fest also will host the West Coast preem of Alfredo de Villa’s “Yellow,” starring and co-produced by Roselyn Sanchez. Los Angeles premieres include “Elsa y Fred” (Argentina) by Marcos Carnevale and Palm Pictures’ domestic pickup “Solo Dios sabe” (Only God Knows) by Carlos Bolado, from Mexico.

Fest will train its spotlight on Brazil once again this year. On Saturday, L.A.-based producer Deborah Calla will moderate a panel on Brazilian film production and its place in the global marketplace. Panelists include Brazilian helmers Diegues, Renata Almeida Magalhaes (“The Greatest Love of All”), Miguel Faria (“Vinicius”) and Randal Johnson, director of UCLA’s Latin American Center.

Panel will be followed by the screenings of Daniel Filho’s comedy “If I Were You” and “The Greatest Love of All.” Other notable Brazilian titles slated for the fest include Faria’s “Vinicius,” Beto Brant’s “Delicate Crime,” Marcos Prado’s (“Bus 174″) prizewinning docu “Estamira” and Joao Falcao’s romantic drama “The Machine.”

Other sidebars include a spotlight on Andalusian (Spain) cinema, a Latino Public Broadcasting showcase and an extensive shorts program.

2006 L.A. Latino Intl. Film Festival Lineup:


OFFICIAL


El Benny, Jorge Luis Sanchez, 2006, Cuba, U.S. premiere
El Camino de San Diego, Carlos Soria, 2006, rgentina, U.S. premiere
El Don, Jose Ramon Novoa, 2006, Venezuela, U.S. premiere
Espelho Magico, Manoel de Oliveira, 2005, Portugal, West Coast premiere
Iluminados por el Fuego, Tristan Bauer, 2005, Argentina, L.A. premiere
La Fiesta Del Chivo, Luis Llosa, 2005, Peru, U.S. premiere
La Niebla en las Palmeras, Lola Salvador, Carlos Molinero, 2006, Spain, West Coast premiere
La Vida Perra de Juanita Narboni, Farida Benlyazid 2005, Spain, U.S. premiere
O Maior Amor do Mundo, Caca Diegues, 2006, Brazil, U.S.premiere
Se Eu Fosse Voce, Daniel Filho, 2006, Brazil, U.S. premiere
Un Mundo Maravilloso, Luis Estrada, 2006, Mexico, U.S. premiere


OPERA PRIMA (DEBUT FEATURES)

Fuga, Pablo Larrain, 2005, Chile, West Coast premiere
Parentesis, Francisca Schweitzer, Pablo Solis, 2005, Chile, West Coast premiere
Pretendiendo, Claudio Dabed, 2005, Chile, West Coast premiere
Both, Lisset Barcellos, 2006, Peru
La Prueba, Judith Velez, 2006, Peru, U.S. premiere
Entremedio, Andres Ramirez, 2006, Puerto Rico, World premiere
Ladrones y Mentirosos, Ricardo Matta, 2006, Puerto Rico, L.A. premiere
La Leyenda Del Tiempo, Isaki Lacuesta, 2006, Spain
7 Virgenes, Alberto Rodríguez, 2005, Spain
La Punta Del Diablo, Marcelo Paván, 2006, Uruguay, North American premiere
Sofia For Now, Claudia Durant, 2006, U.S., West Coast premiere
Splinter, Michael D. Olmos, 2006, U.S., West Coast premiere
East Side Story, Carlos Portugal, 2006, U.S., West Coast premiere


PANORAMA

Una Estrella Y Dos Cafes, Alberto Lecchi, 2005, Argentina, West Coast premiere
Elsa Y Fred, Marcos Carnevale, 2005, Argentina, L.A. premiere
A Maquina, Joao Falcao, 2005, Brazil, West Coast premiere
Crimen Delicado, Beto Brant, 2005, Brazil, L.A. premiere
Barrio Cuba, Humberto Solas, 2005, Cuba, L.A. premiere
Solo Dios Sabe, Carlos Bolado, 2005, Mexico, L.A. premiere
Your Name Is Justine, Franco De Pena, 2005, Poland, U.S. premiere
Los Aires Difíciles, Gerardo Herrero, 2006, Spain, U.S. premiere
Yellow, Alfredo Villa, 2006, U.S., West Coast premiere
El Cimarron, Ivan Gonzalo Ortiz, 2006, Puerto Rico, World premiere
El Clown, Pedro Adorno Irizarry, Emilio Rodriguez Vazquez, 2006, Puerto Rico, World premiere
Soñar No Cuesta Nada, Rodrigo Triana, Colombia, U.S. premiere


SPOTLIGHT ON BRAZIL

Crimen Delicado, Beto Brant, 2005
Se Eu Fosse Voce (If I Were You), Daniel Filho, 2006
A Maquina, Joao Falcao, 2005
O Maior Amor do Mundo, Caca Diegues, 2006
Vinicius, Miguel Faria Jr., 2005
Estamira, Marcos Prado, 2005
The Foreign Eye, Lucia Murat, 2005
Viva Volta, Heloisa Passos, 2005


Sushi Man, Pedro Lua, 2005
Namibia, Brasil, Miguel Silveira & Elias Lopez-Trabada


SPOTLIGHT ON ANDALUCIA (SPAIN) CINEMA

7 Virgenes, Alberto Rodríguez, 2005
La Leyenda Del Tiempo, Isaki Lacuesta, 2006
La Perra Vida de Juanita Narboni, 2005
Los Aires Difíciles, Gerardo Herrero, 2006
Solas, Benito Zambrano, 1999


LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING (LPB) SHOWCASE

From Mambo to Hip Hop, Henry Chalfant, 2006, U.S., West Coast premiere
The Guestworker, Cynthia Hill, Dr. Charles Thompson, 2006, U.S., World premiere
Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano, Dan Guerrero, Nancy De Los Santos, 2006, U.S., World premiere
Letters From The Other Side, Heather Courtney, 2006, U.S., L.A. premiere
Orozco, Laurie Coyle, Rick Tejada Flores, 2005, U.S., World premiere
Revolution, Nicole Cattel, 2006, U.S., World premiere


WORLD VISIONS

The Forgotten Eagles, Victor H. Mancilla, 2006, U.S., World premiere
Glass House, Brad Marlowe, 2005, U.S., World premiere
Dilemma, Alex Munoz, 2005, U.S.
Recycled Life, Leslie Lwerks, 2006, U.S.
Nuestra America, Kristina Konrad, 2005, Switzerland, West Coast premiere
La Busqueda, Micaela Llosa, 2006, Peru, World premiere
En El Hoyo, Juan Carlos Rulfo, 2006, Mexico, West Coast premiere
La Guerrilla Y La Esperanza: Lucio y Cabanas, Gerardo Tort, 2005, Mexico, U.S. premiere
Pancho Villa: La Revolución No Ha Terminado, Francesco Taboada Tabone, 2006, Mexico, U.S .premiere
Arte Nuevo de Hacer Ruinas, Florian Borchmeyer & Matthias Hentschler, 2006,Germany, U.S. premiere
Das Kurze Leben des Jose Antonio, Heidi Specgna, 2006, Germany, West Coast premiere


ART & CULTURE

An Independent Portrait, Jose Munian, 2006, U.S., U.S. premiere
Orozco, Laurie Coyle, Rick Tejada Flores, 2005, U.S., World premiere
Revolution, Nicole Cattel, 2006, U.S., World premiere
Rumbo A Las Grandes Ligas, Jared Goodman, 2006, U.S., U.S. premiere
Filmmakers vs Tycoons, Carlos Benpar, 2004, Spain, U.S. premiere
Los Puños de una Nacion, Pituka Ortega-Heilbron, 2006, Panama, U.S. premiere


MUSIC PROGRAM

Si Sos Brujo, Caroline Neal, 2005, Argentina, L.A. premiere
Vinicius, Miguel Faria Jr., 2005, Brazil, West Coast premiere
Viva Volta, Heloisa Passos, 2005, Brazil, U.S. premiere
Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields & Crossroads, Hector Galan, 2006, U.S., L.A. premiere
Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano, Dan Guerrero, Nancy De Los Santos, 2006, U.S., World premiere
From Mambo to Hip Hop, Henry Chalfant, 2006, U.S., West Coast Premeire
Cuatro Labios, Carlos Marcovich, 2006, 90 Mexico, U.S. premiere


ANIMATION PROGRAM

El Destino, Salvador Dali, Walt Disney, 2000, U.S.
The Tell Tale Heart, Raul Garcia, Spain
Berlitad, Pablo Angeles, Mexico, U.S. premiere
El Doctor, Susan Pitt, 2005, U.S.


IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

Alambrista, Robert Young, 1997, USA
La Haine, Matthiew Kassovitz, 1995, France
America, America, Elia Kazan, 1963, USA
Flores del Mundo, Iciar Billian, Spain
40 Quadratmeter Deutschland, Tevfik Baser, (1986), Germany
Las Cartas de Alou, Montxo Armendáriz, (1990), Spain
Season Of Death, Isaiah Castaneda, 2006, U.S., World premiere
Letters From The Other Side, Heather Courtney, 2006, U.S., L.A. premiere
MaquilaPolis, Vicky Funari, 2006, U.S.
Crossing Arizona, Daniel DeVivo, 2006, U.S.
The Guestworker, Cynthia Hill, Dr. Charles Thompson, 2006, U.S., World premiere
De Nadie, Tin Dirdamal, 2005, 80min., Mexico, West Coast premiere
Sarean, Asier Altuna, 2006, Spain, U.S. premiere
Jornada Al Norte, Nehemias Colindres, 2005, U.S.
Pasos, Jose Antonio Ocegueda, U.S.


SHORTS PROGRAM

El Amor A Las Cuatro De La Tarde, Sebastián Alfie, 2005, Argentina, L.A. premiere
Lucia y Las Cosas, Paula Abramovich, Andrés Riva, 2006, Argentina, U.S. premiere
Vecinos, Marcelo Mosenson, 2005, Digibeta, Argentina
Sushi Man, Pedro Lua, 2005, Brazil


Namibia, Brasil, Miguel Silveira & Elias Lopez-Trabada Brazil
10:15, Hugo Felix, 2006, Mexico
Adios, Para Siempre, David Guillermo Barba, 2005, Mexico
Capillus (Capillus), Juan Pablo Miquirray, 2005, Mexico, U.S. premiere
Dime Lo Que Sientes, Iria Gomez, 2004, Mexico, U.S. premiere
La Leche y El Agua, Celso Garcia Romero, 2006, Mexico, U.S. premiere
A Ciegas…, Salvador Gómez Cuenca, 2005, Spain
Contracuerpo, (The Body Against), Eduardo Chapero-Jackson, 2005, Spain
Con Lujo de Detalle, Hector Falcon Villa, 2006, Spain, U.S. premiere
Corrientes Circulares (Circulating Currents), Mikel Alvarino, Spain
Intimos, Frank Spano, 2005, Spain
Invulnerable, Alvaro Pastor, Antonio Naharro, 2005, Spain
Sarean, Asier Altuna, 2006, Spain, U.S. premiere
E-mail A Mama, Gerardo Ruiz Minan, 2005, Peru, West Coast premiere
Soledad Is Gone Forever, Mabel Valdiviezo, 2006, Peru
3:52, Shawna Baca, 2006, U.S.
Betty La Flaca, Hugo Perez, 2006, U.S.
Broken, Alex Ferrari, 2005, U.S.
Del Cielo, Julie Rubio, 2006, U.S.


Flor De Naranja, Xochitl Dorsey, 2006, U.S., L.A. premiere
Father Figure, Adam Schlachter, 2005, U.S.A
Hurricane Party, A.P. Gonzalez, 2006, U.S.
Intelligence, Allen Martinez, 2006, U.S.
Jornada Al Norte, Nehemias Colindres, 2005, U.S.
La Primavera, Ruben Obregon Casas, U.S., L.A. premiere
Man vs. Woman, Juan Carlos Vargas, 2006, U.S.
Online, Douglas Spain, 2006, U.S., U.S. premiere
On The Brink, 2006, Eric Prescott, U.S.
Pasos, Jose Antonio Ocegueda, U.S.
Shortstop, Risa Machuco & Fanny Veliz, 2006, U.S.
The Talker, Shawn Martinbrough, 2006, U.S.
The TV Broke, Gerson Sanginitto, 2005, U.S.
Wet Foot / Dry Foot, Carlos Gutierrez, 2006, U.S., L.A. premiere
Yield, Gustavo Mercado, U.S., West Coast premiere
Cadena Reversible, Joel Novoa, 2005, Venezuela
Lyra Lezama, Clayton Haskell, Cuba, West Coast premiere
Absorbido, Miguel Mas, U.S.


SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Los Pequeños Gigantes, Hugo Butler, 1960, Mexico


MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

Rooms For Tourists, Adrián García Bogliano, 2005, Argentina
Kiltro, Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, 2005, Chile
El Vampiro, Fernando Mendez, B&W, 1957, México

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