Elgin Community College will host the opening of the Chicago Latino Film Festival on Thursday, April 18.
The festival begins with a gala reception at 5 p.m., followed by the showing of the Mexican film "In the Belly of the Sky/En el Ombligo del Cielo" at 7 p.m. The reception will be in the Building E University and Business Center and the film will be screened in the Building G Spartan Auditorium.
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Both venues are at the college's Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Admission to the reception and film is $25.
The festival will feature the screening of seven international films from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina Thursday, April 18, to Sunday, April 21. The following films, except "In the Belly of the Sky," will be screened at Marcus Theaters, 111 South Randall Road, Elgin. To purchase tickets, call (800) 344-0538. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.
Those films are:
• Friday, April 19, 5 p.m.: "Venimos de muy lejos/We Come from Far Away" (Argentina); 9 p.m.: "El Manzano Azúl/The Blue Apple Tree" (Venezuela).
• Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m.: "Broche de Oro/The Gold Brooch (Puerto Rico)"; 9 p.m.: "El Paseo 2" (Columbia)
• Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m.: "Cinco Días sin Nora/Nora's Will" (Mexico); 5 p.m.: "Viva la Crisis" (Guatemala)
The festival is sponsored by ECC, the City of Elgin, and the City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission. Discounts will be available to high school and college students with valid school identification.
For more information, call Margarita Mendoza at (630) 335-5229.