The CineLatino Film Festival is Getting a Major Expansion This Year

The third annual CineLatino film festival will branch out to three Marcus movie theaters this year and show a lineup of 15 films in Spanish and English, along with an array of activities.

In addition to the Marcus South Shore Cinema in Oak Creek, this year the CineLatino festival will also show some films at the Majestic Cinema of Brookfield and Renaissance Cinema located in Sturtevant.

The festival opens Wednesday, Apr. 10, at 5:30 p.m. with a “Noche de Energia” (Night of Energy) fundraiser at the Majestic of Brookfield with food, entertainment and a screening of the movie Shine. Set in New York’s Spanish Harlem, the movie tells the story of two brothers who are celebrated salsa dancers, and the events that alter their lives. The film’s director, Anthony Nardolillo, who began his career as a dancer, will attend the event.

Tickets are $85 a person. All proceeds go to the Aurora Cancer Care-Spanish Clinic, the states first bilingual cancer care clinic aimed at Latinos. Aurora Health Care is a co-sponsor of the festival.

“The festival was started three years ago to celebrate the culture and diversity of the Latino community and as a way to give back and educate about this powerful community through film,” said Rolando Rodriguez, chairman, president and CEO of Marcus Theatres at this year’s kickoff.

The festival lineup features an array of movies ranging from dramas and docudramas to romantic comedies, family films, adventure and two Latino movie classics starring the famed Mexican comedian Cantinflas: El Gran Hotel and El Siete Machos.

Two movies will be shown for the first time in the U.S., Rodriguez said. They are the R-rated drama El Chicano, about two brothers in East LA who end up on opposite sides of the law, and the action feature Superlópez, about an office worker with super powers.

Family films at the festival include Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, and Dumbo, which will both be shown in Spanish with English subtitles.

Other family films include El Parque Magico (Wonder Park) and Cometa: El Perro y su Mundo (Cometa: Him, His Dog and the World).

There will also be several films with special events. On Saturday, Apr. 13, at the Majestic Cinema, Susan G. Komen will sponsor the film Ma Ma, starting Penelope Cruz as a woman suffering from cancer. Cancer survivors who attend will get a makeover by Mary Kay before the showing of the film. After the film there will be a special talk-back with Dr. Federico Sanchez, the founder of the Aurora Cancer Care Spanish Speaking Clinic.

There will also be a new event for aspiring young filmmakers: Next Gen Cine, a film workshop and contest, sponsored by Marcus Theatres and Pepsi. Filmmaker Marcelo Martinez will lead a crash course in filmmaking for those age 13 through college on Sunday, Apr. 14, at the South Shore Cinema. Details are still being worked out. Theater officials said more films may be added to the lineup.