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Chicago Latino Film Festival celebrates silver anniversary

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    The Chicago Latino Film Festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in the country.

    The 25th anniversary of the Chicago Latino Film Festival has been underway since April 17, but if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, it's not too late. 

    Films will be screened through next Wednesday, April 29.  This festival has grown 500 attendees in 1985 to more than 35,000 25 years later. Hispanic Magazine calls it ''the biggest, oldest, and best Latino Film Festival in the United States.'' See more than 100 short, animated, documentary and feature films from the United States, Argentina, Portugal, Spain and Mexico, just to name a few countries of origin.  Most films are screened in Spanish with English subtitles.

    The festival is non-competitive except for the anticipated Audience Choice Award presented by Cine Latino and determined by the filmgoers.

    On Friday, April 24, enjoy ''A Night of Spain'' with the award-winning drama ‘Lo mejor de mí' (The Best of Me) starring Marian Alvarez. Sponsored by the Tourist Office of Spain in Chicago, the special screening will be followed by a cocktail reception featuring live entertainment.  The film is at 6 p.m. at AMC Pipers Alley, 1608 N. Wells St. with the reception following at 8 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark St.  Tickets are $35.

    Regular screenings are $8-$10; $70-$100 for festival pass. Most films are screened at Landmark's Century Centre Cinemas, 2828 N. Clark St. andFacets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave.; check the official web site for a daily film schedule and further details. 
    You can also call the festival hotline at 312-409-1757.