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LALIFF to Feature Horror in its 21st EDITION

Norman Gidney

Horror Buzz

May 29, 2022

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is back June 1 to June 5 at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The festival spotlights filmmakers and creators from the Latino community in both film and episodic. “LALIFF Is proud to present a diverse line-up of Latino storytellers,” said Academy Award®-nominated actor Edward James Olmos, co-founder of LALIFF. “The festival has seen tremendous growth, with support from both the film industry and our audience, allowing us to showcase and nurture important voices that the world needs to hear.”

This year’s edition will open with Disney Original Documentary’s Mija directed by Isabel Castro and close with Warner Bros. Pictures’ and HBO Max’s Father of the Bride directed by Gaz Alazraki. The full lineup includes feature films, short films, episodics, animation, master classes and musical performances. The festival program is comprised of 17 feature films from the US, Latin America and Canada. Every film and episodic will have an in person screening, and a selection will be available online, on demand, from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 5th.

This year there are a number of fun horror entries to entice with bold and terrifying features, shorts, and episodics.


Blood Red Ox! – Amir and his boyfriend Amat are invited to the South American rain forest, but a pleasant visit to Bolivia quickly takes a bizarre turn as Amat starts having strange visions and loses his mind over the ghostly presence of a giant blood red ox. Amir must save Amatf rom paranoia, but he quickly realizes he can’t trust anyone or anything because he might also be losing his mind. DIR Rodrigo Bellott. CAST MazinAkar, Kaolin Bass, Andrea Camponovo

Perfume de Gardenias - A dramatic dark comedy smeared with Caribbean grease. DIR Macha Colón. CAST Luz María Rondón, Sharon Riley, KatiraMaría, Carmen Nydia Velázquez, Flor Joglar de Gracia, Milagros Ortíz, Abner Rivera

The Shape of Things (SciFi) -In a dystopian city that resembles Lima, Peru, Teo, a twelve-year-oldboy, works with his father Luis maintaining a strange machine meant to generate rain over a severely droughty city. Luis, obsessed with making the machine work, puts the machine at risk in the face of constant embargoes and threats from authorities. Teo, seeking to help his father, gets involved with a gang of young spies led by twin brothers, Raiza and Baca. Teo’s new experiences make him question his father’s life’s purpose, and secrets about the machine come to light. DIR V. Checa. CAST Fernando Bacillio, Lorenzo Molina, Paulina Bazan, Jeremi Garcia, Jose Flores

Short films include Abuelo, I’m a Vampire, Mama Retreat, Neon Phantom, Puzzled, Reparations, and Something in the Garden.

You can see the full scope of programming and buy tickets on the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival site.