– Back in the Bronx, the festival will kick off this year’s Latino Heritage Month festivities with in-car, in-person and virtual experiences –
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NEW YORK, Sep 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), the country’s premier Latin film festival, returns to the Bronx (100 East 151st Street, The Bronx, NY) from 14 to September 19, 2021 with an impressive list of 102 films from over 12 countries, the most films yet. NYLFF Opening Night, presented by the Motion Picture Association, will celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary Raising Victor Vargas (2002, 88 min., USA), with screening and reunion of the actors. Closing the festival, HBO Max presents Moving Pa’lante! a free outdoor event that will celebrate Latin music with a special performance by singer-songwriter and reggaeton star Justin Quiles, who sells multiple platinum records. For more information on NYLFF 2021, visit www.nylatinofilmfestival.com.
“Diversity and inclusion remain at the forefront of NYLFF’s mission. For over 20 years, we have demonstrated the importance of these values through the renowned festival, Futuro Digital Conference, our marketing agency and other partnerships that have provided a vital platform for Latino talent and filmmakers. Thanks to WarnerMedia and our many partners who year after year have shown their support for the stories by and for us, ”said Calixto Chinchilla, Founder of NYLFF.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL
The closing film, straight out of its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, La Soga 2, (2021, 92 min., USA) the highly anticipated sequel written and directed by Manny Perez makes its US premiere at the festival. Former hitman La Soga (Manny Perez), fights to save the love of his life while facing his inner demons and violent past that keep calling him out. Make its world premiere, Everyone is sleeping (2021, 111 min., USA), directed by Ryan Lacen, and starring Melissa Barrera (In the heights) & Jackie Cruz (Orange is the new black). A Chicana from New Mexico sinks deeper into her addiction in this unique, cerebral, chaotic take on the growing drug epidemic. Samland (2021, 87 min., USA) written and directed by Juan Pablo Reyes, finds a man, a woman and a love in the strangest places of their journey to find the ever elusive “American Dream”. John Leguizamo returns to NYLFF with the US premiere of the white-fisted drama set in Colombia, Dark blood (2021, 83 min., United States). The Spanish-language film, directed by Harold Trampetero, follows a father imprisoned after committing a brutal revenge crime. HBO Max will close the festival with Moving Pa’lante! a free outdoor event that will feature a live performance by reggaeton star Justin Quiles and “concert salas,” where guests can experience HBO Max’s exclusive collection of Latin music. The evening will also include DJs, poets, food trucks, games and local traders.
“We are delighted and delighted to continue our partnership with the New York Latino Film Festival. Each year their powerful slate truly captures the vision of the incredible independent artists involved and that of 150, ”said Axel Caballero, Director of WarnerMedia OneFifty and Vice President, Artistic and Cultural Innovations.
“We are proud to support the return this year of the NY Latino Film Festival to the Bronx, home to New York’s largest Latino population,” said Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Anne del Castillo. “This celebration of cinema showcases the great diversity of stories and talents of the Latino filmmaking community.”
“I am delighted to commemorate Latin Heritage Month once again by hosting the New York Latino Film Festival in the Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Cinema is something that unites us globally, and throughout the pandemic many have relied on film and the arts as both expression and entertainment. As our borough and our city recover, I want to to thank the organizers of the New York Latino Film Festival for launching these wonderful works of art celebrating our customs, culture and history, this Latino Heritage Month in our greater borough.
NYLFF is brought to you by WarnerMedia. Major sponsors include HBO Max, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, American Airlines, with additional industry support from the Motion Picture Association. Additional sponsors include Pitu Cachaca, Fortaleza Tequila, AT&T PREPAID, The Quintessential Gentleman, Violet House, Talento Unlimited, Third World Newsreel and CV Graphix. This event is also made possible through the support of the Office of the Mayor of Media and Entertainment, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, and the Bronx Comprehensive Economic Development Corporation.
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About the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF)
NYLFF is the nation’s premier urban Latin film event. Founded by Calixto Chinchilla in 1999, it aims to build an audience for Latin cinema, support the film community and foster relationships with Latino talent. Programming includes the flagship film festival, the Futuro Digital Conference, and more. For more information, visit www.NYLatinoFilmFestival.com. Follow us on Facebook (@NYLatinoFilm), Instagram (@NYLatinoFilmFestival) and Twitter (@NYLFF). #NYLFF
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Rose Mary Cortés