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LALIFF ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE DEVIL HAS A NAME AS ITS CLOSING NIGHT

LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE DEVIL HAS A NAME AS ITS CLOSING NIGHT 

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO’S NEW ORIGINAL SERIES UNDONE JOINS THE LINEUP AT LALIFF 2019 WITH A SPECIAL SCREENING AND PANEL

LOS ANGELES, CA July 24, 2019 — LALIFF is pleased to announce the world premiere of The Devil Has A Name directed by co-founder of the festival and Academy Award® nominated actor Edward James Olmos as its Closing Night on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the TCL Chinese 6 in Hollywood. LALIFF has also added a special screening and panel of Amazon Prime Video’s original series, Undone, to its lineup. 

The film tells the story of a widowed, broke and adrift, farmer Fred Stern, who finds a new purpose in life when he learns that a multi-national oil company has been polluting his water. But as his crusade against the powers that be spills out of the courtroom and into his personal life, Fred must find a way to avoid the ruin of his farm, his family and his dreams. Inspired by bizarre, true events going back decades and continuing to this day, The Devil Has a Name pulls back the curtain on the culture of greed that poisons Corporate America, from sea to polluted sea. The film stars David Strathairn, Kate Bosworth, Haley Joel Osment, Martin Sheen, Alfred Molina, Pablo Schreiber and Edward James Olmos.

“Mr.Olmos directed a powerful and provocative film that brings to light some of the most crucial environmental issues our society is dealing with today with extraordinary performances by the entire cast,” explained Rafael Agustín, Executive Director of LALIFF. 

Amazon Prime Video’s latest original series Undone, directed by Hisko Hulsing, has joined the festival, where it will screen the first two episodes, followed by a panel with cast and creators. Created by acclaimed executive producers Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman), Undone is a groundbreaking and genre bending animated series about a young woman’s complex journey to unlock her past and solve the mystery of her father’s death. Alma Winograd-Diaz, played by Rosa Salazar, takes her mundane life one day at a time until a near fatal accident induces visions of her late-father, Jacob. The cast also includes Daveed Diggs, Angelique Cabral, Constance Marie and Siddarth Dhananjay. 

“We are thrilled to host this screening of Undone, because not only is it one of the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing animated series we’ve seen, but its lead character is a Latinx female, which reflects the importance of our community and representation in the industry,” says Dilcia Barrera, Director of Programming. 

In addition, the festival will also be presenting a free screening of Veneno Para Las Hadas with support from IMCINE. In this groundbreaking 1984 horror fantasy film from one of Mexico’s ultimate horror auteurs, Carlos Enrique Taboada, a 10-year-old girl convinces a lonely classmate that she is a witch, forcing the child to become her assistant. Though their games are initially rather naive, they gradually take a nasty and violent turn. 

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.latinofilm.org

AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) runs Wednesday, July 31 to Sunday, August 4 at the TCL Chinese Theatres. The Opening Night gala will be the LA premiere of The Infiltrators directed by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera. The film won the Audience Award: NEXT and The NEXT Innovator Prize at Sundance earlier this year.  As the largest Latinx film festival to be hosted in Los Angeles, this year the festival will shine a spotlight on US-born Latinx filmmakers. The festival program is comprised of 15 feature films including three World Premieres including I’ll See You Around, Siqueiros: Walls of Passion and Raúl Julia: The World’s A Stage. LALIFF will also offer special screenings including Les Blank’s Chulas Fronteras (1976), marking the Los Angeles premiere of the 4K restoration, and a screening of Ascent of Weavers, 3-channel video piece a by artist, Rebeca Mendez as part of LALIFF Art. LALIFF Legacy, LALIFF’s student festival, will feature films produced by students of the statewide, public school film program, the Youth Cinema Project, which was also founded by Olmos. The program also includes a shorts program comprised of 17 shorts including four World Premieres and five episodics, plus two special events, Latinx in Animation: A Masterclass and Sneak Peek: Latinx TV. As part of its music program the festival will present nightly performances by highlighting diverse and extraordinary Latinx artists including a special performance for Opening Night by La Mera Candelaria and Sizzle Fantastic. Additional performances include Hummingbird Meadows, Gemma Castro, DJ Vick Jagger, Alexis de la Rocha, Jarina De Marco and Jose Galvan. For a full lineup of films and musical performances please visit www.latinofilm.org

About LALIFF

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is a premiere international event dedicated to showcasing the entirety of human experience from the Latino perspective, whether through film, television, digital, music, art, or any other vehicle, regardless of platform. LALIFF is presented by the Latino Film Institute (LFI), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to showcase, strengthen, and celebrate the richness of Latino lives through the audio-visual event. LFI develops, activates, and supports artists, creators, and executives through pathways and platforms for the expression and appreciation of their work.
For more information and updates on LALIFF visit www.latinofilm.org
 
For more information on the Youth Cinema Project visit www.youthcinemaproject.org.
 
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