The 16th Chicago Latin Film Festival will kick off Friday with the Midwest premiere of Spaniard Fernando Trueba’s “The Girl of Your Dreams,” a dark laffer starring Penelope Cruz.
Fest will unspool roughly 70 features through April 12, including Noel Quinones’ “Flight of Fancy,” starring Dean Cain, Talisa Soto and Miguel Sandoval; Andres Wood’s “Revenge”; Elia Schneider’s “Glue Sniffer,” Venezuela’s foreign-language Oscar entry this year; and Argentine director Juan Bautista Stagnaro’s “The Amateur.”
Among special events scheduled are a Noche Mexicana reception, which will precede the world premiere screening of Fernando Sarinana’s urban black comedy “Give Me Power”; HBO Night, featuring a screening of Laurie Collyer’s docu “Nuyorican Dream”; and HBO panel discussions, with execs from the cabler, the Sundance Channel and Latin Universe conversing on such topics as the marketing of indie films, the production of docus and the Latino boom in Hollywood.
A screening of Spanish helmer Enrique Gabriel’s “Fading Memories” will accompany a special closing-night tribute to Argentine actor Federico Luppi (“Men With Guns”) on April 12.
HBO is the fest’s presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include StarMedia, Univision/Channel 66, Telemundo/Channel 44, the Independent Film Channel and Sundance Channel.
For more information, call (312) 409-1757.