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North Central hosts Latin Film Festival, features several films

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

May 3, 2010--North Central College's student club Fusión Española is sponsoring the showing of several films during its Latin Film Festival May 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20 and 25. All screenings are free and will be shown in the College's Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville.

These films "provide a cinematic window into Ibero-American (Latin America, Spain and Brazil) cultures," says Alberto Fonseca, North Central's adjunct professor of Spanish, who chose films that best project a diverse canvas and appreciation of Latin cultures. This Latin Film Festival was instituted to continue the dialog on Ibero-American cinema that started during the 26th Chicago Latino Film Festival in April.

Following is the lineup of films:

Monday, May 10, 5-7 p.m.: "Volver" (Spain, 2006, rated R)
In acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's foreign-language fantasy, Abuela Irene Varmen Maura) revisits her hometown in the La Mancha region of Spain, in spectral form, to resolve problems she couldn't settle during her lifetime. Gradually, Abuela's spirit becomes a reassuring presence to her daughters (Penélope Cruz, in an Oscar-nominated performance, and Lola Dueñas) and her granddaughter (YohanaCobo).

Tuesday, May 11, noon-2 p.m.: "El Hijo de la Novia" (Argentina, 2001, rated R)
Compelling performances enhance this Oscar-nominated film by Argentine director Juan José Campanella. Middle-aged Rafael Belvedere (Ricardo Darín) is overwhelmed by his busy, stressful life. After suffering a heart attack, he decides it's high time for a change and plans to sell his restaurant and retire to Mexico, leaving behind his career, family and girlfriend. But he soon realizes severing those ties may be tougher than he expected.

Wednesday, May 12, noon-2 p.m.: "Valentín" (Argentina, 2002, PG-13)
Valentín (Rodrigo Noya), a 9-year-old boy living with his grandmother (Carmen Maura) in late 1960s Buenos Aires, believes his family has problems that only he can solve. The youngster dreams of being reunited with his mother, who's separated from Valentín's abusive father (Alejandro Agresti, also writer and director). Valentín's dad also uses him as bait to attract new girlfriends, such as the attractive Leticia (Julieta Cardinali).

Thursday, May 13, noon-2 p.m.: "Tesis" (Spain, 1996, rated R)
When film student Ángela Márquez (Ana Torrent) picks her thesis topic, she doesn't know it will consume her. But research on violence reported in the media uncovers a disturbing snuff film that involves her professor's murder and the disappearance of several campus coeds. She enlists a creepy classmate (Fele Martinez) to help crack the case, but Ángela's not sure he can be trusted. The movie marks Alejandro Amenábar's directorial debut.

Monday, May 17, 5-7 p.m.: "El crimen perfecto" (Spain, 2004, unrated)
Rafael (Guillermo Toledo), a top department store salesman with his pick of the comely female staff, thinks he has the perfect life, that is, until a rivalry with co-worker Don Antonio (Luis Varela) ends in murder, forcing Rafael to find an alibi. Lourdes (Monica Cervera), the one salesgirl Rafael has hitherto spurned, comes to his aid, but at a price. Álexde la Iglesia's hilarious crime caper nabbed six nominations for Spain's Goya Awards.

Thursday, May 20, noon-2 p.m.: "El orfanato" (Spain, 2007, rated R)
Fueled by fond memories from her childhood, Laura (BelénRueda) persuades her husband (Fernando Cayo) to help her revamp a seaside orphanage into a facility for disabled children. But soon after the couple moves in, their son Simón (Roger Príncep) begins exhibiting disturbing behavior. As Laura tries to understand Simón's increasingly malevolent actions, she becomes drawn into the house's terrifying secrets in this unnerving chiller.

Tuesday, May 25, noon-2 p.m.: "Ciudad de Dios" (Brazil, 2002, rated R)
Buscapé (Alexandre Rodrigues) is frightened he'll end up like the countless others around him, troubled, violent or dead. But his saving grace is his photographer's eye, through which the stories of several people who live in his forsaken Cidadede Deus unfold. Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund direct this sobering look at life inside a Rio de Janeiro housing project, reputed to be one of the most dangerous parts of an otherwise magical city.

For more information about the festival contact Alberto Fonseca, assistant professor of Spanish, at 630-637-5126 or

Another Spanish cultural activity taking place in May is flamenco instruction, offered free to the campus and community and back by popular demand after the College's successful Flamenco Festival in February. All classes will be taught by Jelena Sanchez, North Central adjunct instructor of Spanish, and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The dates are Thursday, May 6, Monday, May 10, Tuesday, May 18, and Monday, 24.

These events are just some of many ongoing programs hosted at North Central College to enrich and broaden the academic and cultural outlook for the College and community. The College offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. To learn more about North Central's fine and performing arts, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).