Pedro AlmodÃ³var”™s latest feature film, Los Abrazos Rotos (aka Broken Embraces) launched the 13th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) on Sunday, October 11th at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Established in 1997, LALIFF was co-founded by director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos; producer Marlene Dermer, and film and music producer George HernÃ¡ndez with the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latino filmmakers. Dermer, who also serves as the festival”™s director and programmer says, “The Latino artistic spirit seems to remain unscathed, even though we continue to live in uncertain times. This year”™s rich and diverse films will undoubtedly demonstrate the splendor of Latino cinema with stories that enable us to come together and embrace one another.”
During the gala”™s opening night speeches, Festival creator Marlene Derner and co-founder Edward James Olmos announced that AlmodÃ³var was this year”™s recipient of the GABI Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition to his contributions to the world of cinema.
“AlmodÃ³var is truly one of the greatest film-makers of our time,” Olmos declared. “A true maverick in our industry, whose films have inspired many film-makers in our culture, have ignited the careers of some of our brightest stars and has opened so many doors in the industry.”
Actress Eva Longoria accepted the prestigious award on behalf of AlmodÃ³var, before the audience were treated to a pre-taped speech from AlmodÃ³var where he joked “Am I too fat? Am I too old?” before expressing his gratitude in his native tongue.
Previous GABI recipients include Gustavo Santoalalla, Antonio Banderas, Ricardo MontalbÃ¡n, Federico Luppi, Anthony Quinn and Maria FÃ©lix.
Broken Embraces will open through Sony Pictures Classics in New York on November 20th and in Los Angeles on December 11th.
Following the screening, everyone headed upstairs within the Hollywood & Highland complex to enjoy a supper and a stunning and vibrant Flamenco performance.
One of the biggest events on the arts calendar, the 13th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) showcases the work of emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. LALIFF presents a vast range of feature films, documentaries and shorts depicting the diversity, creativity, innovation – and sometimes provocative – Latino experience
The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival will present the best of Latino filmmaking from October 11-16 at the Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas in Hollywood.
Following Pedro AlmodÃ³var”™s Broken Embraces, LALIFF”™s promises to take viewers on a cinematic journey with stories from Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Spain, United States, MÃ©xico, PanamÃ¡, Peru, Puerto Rico, Japan and Uruguay.
Tickets and passes are still available for selected screenings, here.
review by Pauline Adamek