It’s a great week for film in New York City — the 10th annual New York International Latino Film Festival. Presented by HBO, the festival runs from today, July 27, through Sunday, August 2. With outdoor screenings, premieres, music showcases and more, we’re super-excited for the festival, hosted by SVA (on W. 23rd Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues) and Clearview Cinemas Chelsea (W. 23rd between Seventh and Eighth avenues.)
Tomorrow is the festival’s big opening night, with the New York premiere ‘La Mission,’ starring Benjamin Bratt as the baddest Latino in San Francisco’s Mission district, along with Jesse Borrego as his son. See our picks after the jump…
This year we’re particularly excited about a crop of new films like ‘Gordita,’ a 10-minute short written and directed by Debby Wolfe about an overweight Mexican/El Salvadorian woman, who reclaims her confidence when she rediscovers an old mixtape she made as a teen, and ‘Cruzando (Crossing),’ the story of a young Mexican man whose first child is about to be born on the same day his father is executed in Texas.
Photo: Benjamin Bratt in ‘La Mision’ courtesy NYILFF