Mark your calendars, amigos: The Denver Film Society has announced that it will host the second annual CineLatino Film Festival from September 24 through September 27, to coincide with Hispanic Heritage month. The four-day-long festival will celebrate the best in cinema from Latin America, Mexico, Europe and the United States, presenting seven feature-length films, three documentaries and one retrospective title.
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CineLatino will close out the festival with Landfill Harmonic, a film that follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Additional highlights of this year's festival include a special screening of the animated hit The Book of Life, in partnership with Denver Botanic Gardens; experts from the Gardens, as well as the film's art director, Paul Sullivan, will be on hand to discuss the folklore and symbolism behind Dia de los Muertos. Guests will be invited to decorate their own sugar skull in Henderson's Lounge following the film.
"Last year's CineLatino exceeded everyone's expectations," says Denver Film Society programming manager Ernie Quiroz. "This year's incredible lineup features films from Cannes, Berlin, San Diego Latino, Cine Las Americas and the Chicago Latino Film Festival. We are proud to add Denver to the list of prestigious festivals celebrating Hispanic and Latino culture and heritage."
All-access festival passes and individual tickets are on sale now. A complete CineLatino festival pass is $55 for DFS members and $70 for non-members; it includes all films, as well as access to all special events, receptions and parties. Individual tickets are $12 and $10 for DFS members. The festival runs September 24-27 at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue; visit DenverFilm.org for a complete schedule and to buy tickets.