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MSP Film Society Celebrates 10th Annual Cine Latino

The week-long celebration includes several film screenings, conversations and parties to showcase the Twin Cities’ Spanish-speaking community.


While Hispanic Heritage Month may be over, the Minneapolis-St. 10th edition of the Paul Film Society Latin cinema film festival began Thursday with a launch party at La Doña Cervecería in Minneapolis.

On Friday, the celebration continued with a morning screening of selected short films for hundreds of Southwest High School students.

“Starting a festival with a screening for children is the quintessence of what we are building,” said Cine Latino artistic director Hebe Tabachnik. “It’s the audience of today, but we’re also building the audience of tomorrow.”

The festival presents new films from the LatinX, Latin American and Iberian communities. Actors, directors and other special guests are set to attend the event at 115 SE Main Street.

It’s something that MSP Film Society programmer Craig Laurence Rice thinks is once in a lifetime.

“You have an experience here at the Film Society to experience all these places in the world that you might not get the chance to travel to,” Rice said.

The slogan for this year’s event is ¡tiremos la casa por la ventana! or “Let’s blow the roof off!” which, according to Tabachnik, represents the hard work it took to put into the festival.

“We are really happy to have taken this step. Ten years of a festival is important. We are already thinking about 15, 20 years later,” Tabachnik said.

Rice describes the longevity of the event as a reflection of the diversity of Minnesota’s population.

“There’s a long-standing Latino community here — mostly in St. Paul — and it’s really about understanding them and integrating them into our community,” Rice said.

Regular-goer screenings begin Thursday, October 14 with a 3 p.m. screening of “La Civil,” a Mexican film about a single mother navigating the horrors of drug trafficking in northern Mexico. Other films selected throughout the week include Ecuadorian drama “El Rezador”, Chilean documentary “Mi país imaginario”, Spanish drama “Mi vacío y yo” and many more.

First contributor to Cine Latino and “El Rezador director Tito Jara called the festival “una gran oportunidad”, or a great opportunity.

“There are so many great elements showcased here in this festival alone,” Jara added.

The festival concludes on October 20 with a closing party at Jefe Urban Cocina in Minneapolis featuring live music, food and drink. The party is free for those with a Cine Latino ticket.

Do you want to take part in the festivities but you don’t speak Spanish? No problem! English subtitles are available for every movie for Minnesota moviegoers of all backgrounds.

“Cine Latino es la casa – Cine Latino is home for everyone,” Tabachnik said.

You can check out the full list of Cine Latino film screenings here.

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