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Archived News Release from 2010

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The Redwood City International Latino Film Festival - November 5 – 7, Downtown!

Redwood City, CA - October 8, 2010 – Once again, the City of Redwood City and the Latino Leadership Council are proud to host the International Latino Film Festival, November 5 – 7 in beautiful Downtown Redwood City. The festival kicks off with a fabulous gala event, a Tribute to Women and Film, followed by three evenings of incredible, award-winning international Latino films. Continuing with the Festival’s long tradition of offering the community the best of Latino cinema, the Redwood City International Latino Film Festival offers the best features, shorts, and documentaries from Latin America, Spain, and Latinos in the U.S. Free screenings of selected award winning documentaries take place November 2 and 4 at Cañada College and College of San Mateo.

The festival takes place November 5 - 7, 2010, at the Century 20 Downtown Theatres in Redwood City. To start the festivities, the Gala Opening Reception, a Tribute to Women and Film, honors this year’s opening film, Havana Eva and its director, Fina Torres. It takes place on November 5th at the San Mateo County History Museum under the dramatic rotunda and its magnificent stained glass dome.

Film screenings at the Century 20 Downtown Theatres are November 5th, 6th, and 7th. Special free community screenings are scheduled at Cañada College on November 2nd and 4th and at College of San Mateo on November 4th. Movie descriptions, event details, and ticket information are online now at

Film lovers from the local community and throughout the Bay Area will enjoy a total of seventeen films from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, USA, Argentina and Spain, including eight features, three documentaries and six shorts. ALL FILMS ARE IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

A great feast of films is promised at this renowned festival, as it brings a new level of culture and art to our community. The film festival showcases the best in new international Latino cinema, encourages emerging film talent, and pays tribute to celebrated Latino actors, directors, and producers – and Redwood City is pleased to host this fabulous event right in the heart of our Downtown.

Redwood City is fortunate to be collaborating with Sylvia Perel, the founder and long-time director of the International Latino Film Festival. Sylvia is curating the fabulous selection of movies for our Downtown festival, which celebrate the breadth and diversity of Latino culture through the powerful medium of film.

The entire community is invited to join other film aficionados and festival novices alike at the Gala Opening Reception for Latino delicacies, wonderful beverages, and live entertainment, and then enjoy a fabulous weekend of award-winning Latino cinema.

Tickets to each movie are $9 (Community College screenings are free). Complete movie descriptions, event details, and ticket information are online now at

Below is the Festival’s schedule and great lineup of films at the Century 20 Downtown Theatres and free shows at three Community Colleges - the Redwood City International Latino Film Festival!

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(NOTE: please see for full descriptions and tickets)

Friday, November 5
5 pm - Gala Opening Reception “Tribute to Women and Film”
Under the Rotunda at the San Mateo County History Museum
$25 per person, includes Latino delicacies, beverages, and live entertainment and featuring Fina Torres, director of Havana Eva

Friday, November 5, 2010
6:45 pm - Havana Eva (including Q&A with Invited Guest, Director Fina Torres)
9:00 pm - Oveja negra / Black Sheep

Saturday, November 6, 2010
3:00 pm - Memorias del desarrollo / Memories of Over-Development
5:30 pm - Anita
8:00 pm - La pantera negra / The Black Panther

Sunday, November 7, 2010
3:00 pm- La mitad del mundo / The Half of the World
5:15 pm - PACO
7:45 pm- Cuestión de principios / A Matter of Principles


FREE screenings at San Mateo County Community Colleges:

Wednesday, November 2, 2010
Noon - Havanyork
Preceded by the short film FIRMES/Stand

Thursday, November 4, 2010
5:00 pm - Tiempo de leyenda / Time of Legend
Preceded by TWO short films: Los Trashumantes/The Trashumants and Lupano Leyva

Thursday, November 4, 2010
6:00 pm - La Clave
Preceded by the short film La nuera de Don Filemón/Don Filemon’s Daughter–in-Law


Magda González
Deputy City Manager


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