More than 20 countries are being showcased at this year’s Chicago Latino Film Festival. Taking place from April 5 through the 19 at the AMC River East 21 Theatres (322 E. Illinois St.), there is a lot to see and we’ve decided to give you a small heads up on what caught our attention. This group of recommendations includes films from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador and Uruguay.

34th CLFF Poster Contest Winner: Jorge Pomareda

When it comes to the CLFF, there is so much more to see and their website has an easy to follow drop-down menu feature that allows you to quickly search for any of this year’s selections by country, genre, language and so on.

The full festival schedule is available here.

ARGENTINA

Yo Soy Así, Tita de Buenos Aires
Feature. Directed by Teresa Costantini
SHOWING: April 6 + 8 (details)

This engaging story, a milonga and all its accompanying passions, shows us the dramatic life of tango artist, Tita Merello, who appeared in more than 40 films throughout her career. It’s sultry, seductive and sometimes scandalous much like un buen tango.

CHILE

Niñas Araña
Feature. Directed by Guillermo Helo
SHOWING: April 6 + 8 (details)

Three young warrior women decide to Robinhood their way from a homeless community in the outskirts of Santiago into the upper crust of the rich. They’re referred to as Niñas Araña for the way they climb high-rise buildings to get to their loot. It’s a partial sociopolitical look at classism.

ECUADOR

Si yo muero primero
Feature. Directed by Rodolfo Muñoz
SHOWING: April 12 + 14 (details

A music documentary on the life of iconic Ecuadorian singer Julio Jaramillo, going beyond the romance of his voice.

EL SALVADOR

La palabra de Pablo
Feature. Directed by Arturo Menendez
SHOWING: April 7 + 9 (details)

Anything described remotely as ‘noir’ is instantly on our radar and La palabra de Pablo seems to be the one. That it’s loosely based on Shakespeare’s Othello adds a layer of curiosity one is unable to resist and the trailer seems to show a sultry, angst-ridden, stylish, spoiled-folks-roller-coaster ride of exciting events leading to the inevitable.

URUGUAY

Alto el juego
Short. Directed by Walter Tournier.
SHOWING: April 7 + 10 (details)

From one of the images for this stop motion short, it looks similar in figure type to Wallace and Gromit. The setting here is a dark and active field of war where fighting soldiers are made out of newspaper print. It’s quite surreal in its familiarity.

For more information on other films, plus the opening and closing night galas, visit: ChicagoLatinoFilmFestival.org

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