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Opening night for Cine Gay and the Latino Film Festival

SAN DIEGO, California – Opening night is here for the 22nd annual Latino Film Festival, which runs March 12-22 at locations in Mission Valley and North Park.

The festival’s Cine Gay showcase has been popular with the LGBT community of San Diego since it debuted nine years ago.

Ethan Van Thillo, festival founder and executive director, told SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego (GSD) that for the first time there will be a “Creative Careers Expo” that will not only showcase opportunities within the film industry but also many other industries. The expo is free for all ages and will take place from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, March 14 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Ave., in City Heights.

“We need more young Latinos, African-Americans and immigrant youth to get involved in careers in technology, software, visual arts, journalism, film and video, music, fashion and more,” Van Thillo told GSD. “Additionally, we need young people who will help our country grow by being creative and innovative, no matter what industry they choose.”

Van Thillo also addressed why Cine Gay was an important part of the festival.

“The annual San Diego Latino Film Festival has for years been working on breaking down borders and barriers,” Van Thillo said. “Not only have we strived to create a better understanding between the Latino and Anglo-American communities through film, we’ve also strived to celebrate the diversity within the Latino community itself. It’s important to fight for the rights of the LGBT community. It’s important to fight against machismo and make sure women’s voices are heard. Diversity is what makes our country great and is what makes our communities and neighborhoods even stronger.”

THE DETAILS

The 22nd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival will run March 12-22 at the AMC Fashion Valley 18, 7037 Friars Road in Mission Valley, and the Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park.

For tickets and more information about the festival, visit HERE.

CINE GAY

Below are the descriptions and trailers for the feature films. A number of short films will also be shown during the Cine Gay showcase.

“LIZ IN SEPTEMBER”

FINA TORRES / CINE GAY SHOWCASE / VENEZUELA / 2014 / DRAMA / 100 MINS

Liz has known several things since childhood: that she is gay, that beauty is power, and that she would never be a victim. Determined to enjoy the time she has left on earth, she hides her terminal disease from friends. Eva lost her son to cancer; and that pain and guilt have tarnished the relationship with her husband. Against all odds, these two opposite women encounter one another; it changes their lives, and begins new standards where love, life, and death away from morals, play as simple steps of nature.



AMC Fashion Valley 18
March 12, 8:20 pm
March 14, 10 pm

Digital Gym Cinema
March 22, 7 pm

“CUATRO LUNAS”

SERGIO TOVAR VELARDE / CINE GAY SHOWCASE / MEXICO / 2014 / THRILLER / 110 MINS

A mosaic of four stories about love, acceptance, heartbreak, and regret. After a fleeting bedroom romp, Mauricio, a shy 11-year old, must deal with repercussions and a strained relationship with his parents. Two childhood best friends, Fito and Leo, reconnect as young adults and forge a passionate but secret relationship. Leo’s refusal to go public with their union forces Fito to find companionship elsewhere. Heartbroken, Leo must come to terms with his own sexuality in hopes of winning Fito’s affection again. After a decade together, Hugo and Andres’ relationship hit a rough patch; and when an indiscretion is revealed, they decide on a two-week trial period to see if they truly belong together. Joaqúin, an uncelebrated poet and family man, has lived an entire life without giving into his one desire: to have a sexual experience with another man. He contracts a male prostitute and the two forge an unlikely, complex relationship that alters their lives forever.



AMC Fashion Valley 18
March 13, 7:55 pm
March 21, 7:30 pm

“FUTURO BEACH”

KARIM AINOUZ / CINE GAY SHOWCASE / BRAZIL / 2014 / DRAMA, ROMANCE / 106 MINS

Part gay romance, part inquisitive self-journey, Futuro Beach is a stunning examination of lives lost and found. Donato works as a lifeguard at the spectacular but treacherous Praia do Futuro beach in Brazil; Konrad is an ex-military thrill-seeker from Germany vacationing with a friend. After Donato saves Konrad from drowning, but fails to save his other friend, initial sexual sparks give way to a deeper, emotional connection. Donato decides to leave everything behind, including his ailing mother and younger brother, Ayrton, to travel back to Berlin with Konrad. There, he finds both confusion and liberation, and his journey for love soon turns into a deeper search for his own identity.



AMC Fashion Valley 18
March 13, 8:15 pm
March 21, 3:30 pm

Digital Gym Cinema
March 16, 9:15 pm

“LA VISITA”

MAURICIO LOPEZ FERNANDEZ / CINE GAY SHOWCASE / CHILE/ARGENTINA / 2014 / DRAMA / 82 MINS

The son of a housekeeper who works for a conservative rural family, comes back to his homeland due to his father’s untimely death. He is expected to replace the male figure in the household; but has decided to undertake a major change during his absence, returning totally transformed as a woman.



AMC Fashion Valley 18
March 14,3 pm
March 17, 4:15 pm
March 19, 5:30 pm

“EN LA GAMA DE LOS GRISES”

CLAUDIO MARCONE / CINE GAY SHOWCASE / CHILE / 2014 / DRAMA / 98 MINS

Bruno is a 35 year old architect with what appears, at least superficially, a perfect life. He is married, has a lovely son, and a beautiful house. His life, however, is turned upside down when he meets Fer, a young teacher and tourist guide helping him with an architectural project in the heart of Santiago. Sparks fly between them, causing Bruno to risk putting everything on the line in order to follow his heart.

AMC Fashion Valley 18
March 15, 10 pm
March 19, 4:45 pm
March 22, noon