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Biggest Latino Fest Announces Line-Up

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The seventh annual New York International Latino Film Festival has announced its line-up of films and events representing the best in new Latino and Latin American filmmaking.

The festival, which has grown into the largest urban Latino film event in the country, showcases more than 60 domestic and international features, documentaries, and shorts.

Special events, such as an outdoor presentation of West Side Story, an R & B concert, a weekend of family events, and a night of Dominican films, are also planned.

The six-day schedule, running July 25-30, is set to highlight the full range of Latino culture.

"This year's offerings address major issues affecting Latinos today and help to spread awareness of Latino culture and contributions to American society," said Calixto Chinchilla, the festival's executive director.

The festival will open this year with Carlos Bolado's Solos Dios Sabe (Only God Knows), the director's second feature after his acclaimed 1998 debut Bajo California: El Limite Del Tiempo. The piece follows a Mexican journalist who offers to help a Brazilian student stranded in Tijuana without a passport.

The festival will close with Quincea単era, the winner of the 2006 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. The film addresses tradition, teenage sexuality, and gentrification as preparations are made for a quincea単era party.

Other festival highlights include the world premiere screening of Yellow, the story of an aspiring young dancer striving to make it in New York City, The Virgin of Juarez, and A Dios Momo.

Audiences will also have the opportunity to attend industry panel discussions and events focusing on both the creative and business aspects of movie-making.

"It has always been our mission to provide opportunity and a supportive atmosphere for Latino filmmakers from around the world to showcase their work," Chinchilla said.

For a full roster of films and schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit www.NYLatinofilm.com or call (212) 726-2358.

-- Anna Bengel

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