The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival announced today two special screenings at Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St.: Nicolás Postioglione’s feature debut Immersion on Sunday, April 24th and the U.S. Premiere of Javier Espada’s new documentary Buñuel, a Surrealist Filmmaker on Thursday, April 28th. Both events start at 6 p.m. with a reception preceding the screening and a post-screening discussion.
Sponsored by the Consulate General of Chile in Chicago and starring Alfredo Castro (The Club, From Afar), Immersion tells the story of a boating trip that takes the wrong turn. Ricardo has brought his daughters Tere and Claudia to their dilapidated family home in southern Chile. Out on their yacht one day, they see three men whose boat is taking on water calling out for help. Instead of coming to their aid, Ricardo turns the boat around, ignoring Tere’s pleas. His excuse? They look suspicious. To prove he’s not a coward, Ricardo goes back and rescues them. One of the three apparently drowned after he began swimming toward Ricardo’s yacht. Tensions build among the quintet as Ricardo’s prejudices and paranoia take hold.
Here is your first look at Immersion…
Javier Espada’s follow-up to his 2008 documentary The Last Script: Remembering Buñuel —where Buñuel’s son Juan Luis, and his frequent collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière took audiences on a tour of the countries and cities the filmmaker lived and worked in—, Buñuel, a Surrealist Filmmaker was born from a speech Espada gave as part of an exhibit dedicated to Buñuel in Mexico’s Cinemateca. Produced and edited during the pandemic lockdowns, Espada’s new documentary compiles and restores archives rescued from film libraries, collections and historical funds, including never before seen material such as stereoscopic images shot by Buñuel’s father in Zaragoza and Calanda. Buñuel, a Surrealist Filmmaker is more than an introduction to the director’s influential work and career; it also opens new ways to approach and understand his filmography.
“The Instituto Cervantes has long been the home for so many of our events, that it makes perfect sense for us to host this documentary about the greatest of Spanish filmmakers at their auditorium. Buñuel’s work is still as influential today as it was when his films were first released,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.
“The Consulate General of Chile in Chicago has also been one of our strongest partners and allies. Their continued support allows us to bring to the Festival a significant and representative sample of one of the most dynamic film scenes in Latin America today,” added Vargas.
Produced by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, the 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 21st-May 1st, will showcase films from all over Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. The Festival will once again adopt a hybrid format with in-person screenings at the Landmark Century Center, 2828 N. Clark St., several Drive-In presentations at ChiTown Movies, 2343 S. Throop St., and with virtual screenings via Eventive accessible to residents of Illinois and the Midwest states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.