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L.A. Latino fest rides with ‘Cowboys’

'Aliens' to close film festival

Cowboys & Aliens,” co-produced and co-written by Roberto Orci, will be the closing night gala presentation on July 25 at the 15th Los Angeles Latino Film Festival.

Universal releases pic wide on July 29.

“By showcasing ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ we celebrate the accomplishments of our talent,” said Marlene Dermer, the fest’s executive director and programmer. “Roberto has become one of the most influential Latinos in Hollywood today.”

Fest goes back to its original venue, the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, where it will kick off Sunday.

Selection of 76 features, docus and shorts from 14 countries includes Gabriela Tagliavini’s femme comedy “Without Men,” starring Eva Longoria and Christian Slater, as part of the Maya Indie Film Series.”Escribeme postales a Copacabana,” by Bolvian helmer Thomas Kronthaler, and Cuban doc “Los 100 sones Cubanos,” by Edesio Alejandro and Ruben Consuegra, will world preem at the fest, which also has six U.S. debuts.

Highlights include Gonzalo Justiniano’s “Have You Seen Lupita?” toplined by Cristian de la Fuente.

Mexican d.p. Guillermo Navarro will receive a Gabi Lifetime Achievement Award on opening night. Navarro’s credits include “Jackie Brown,” “Hellboy,” “Spawn” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

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