2017 San Diego Latino Film Festival International Poster CompetitionFeaturing a great list of Brazilian movies, the event is turning 15 this year of 2008, a very important number in the Latin culture. For them this number also symbolizes the transition from the humble beginnings as a student film festival (Cine Estudiantil) to the internationally recognized San Diego Latino Film Festival.

The celebration start with the official Media Kick Off Party, Thursday, February 21st, 2008 at the Westgate Hotel (1055 2nd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101) from 5:30 to 8:30pm, announced Ethan van Thillo, executive director of the Media Arts Center. “The San Diego Latino Film Festival has always been about the experience of it all; celebrities, film, music, parties, art and of course, about all of us. So we celebrate 15 years of growth and being able to bring all this for the enjoyment of our communities at large”, explained Ethan van Thillo.

The 2008 15th Anniversary San Diego Film Festival scheduled March 6t to 16 of 2008, at Ultra Star Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Cente, and will bringing to San Diego, films, filmmakers and celebrities from across Latin America and the United States. This year they have a pretty good representation of Brazilian films, including “Ô Pai” starting Lazaro Ramos which also confirmed his assistance at the Festival.

Ó Pai is a 2007 Brazilian drama film directed by Monique Gardenberg. It tells the history of some inhabitants livened up tenement house of the Pillory, in the Historical Center of Salvador, the last day of carnival. Between the money lack and the desire of if amusing, they survive to the cost of much creativity, irony, sensuality and music. Lázaro Ramos is considered one of best actors of his new generation. Chosen at age of 18 to play Madame Sata in 2003, portraying Joao Francisco dos Santos, then considered too young to play the famous transvestite, the director Karim Ainouz delayed the beginning of filmmaking for almost 3 years in order to have talented Lázaro a bit older in his film.

Luís Lázaro Sacramento Ramos, borned in November 1, 1978 in Salvador, Bahia., and started his acting career with the Flock of Olodum Theater group, in Salvador. Among the Brazilian films this year is schedule “Faixa de Areia” – Stripped down to bikinis and board shorts, the people of Rio are revealed through candid beachside interviews by documentary filmmaker Daniela Klaman as she explores a seemingly endless “Strip of Sand’ in Brazil.

“Saneamento Básico Filme”, from director Jorge Furtado, that after a series of critical and commercial successes, returns to the subject of his short film “Ilha dos Flores,” considered the most influential Brazilian short film of all time. This time waste management is the focus of a small community of Italian immigrant descendants in the mountains of Rio Grande do Sul who have gathered together to make a video to try and solve the problems of basic sanitation that plague their village;

“O Cheiro do Ralo”, is the story of an insensitive, lonely pawn shop proprietor that loses all control when he falls in love with a waitress shapely derriere and becomes obsessed by his desire to own it, as he would any other object. A daring film with another brilliant performance turned in by oft-awarded Selton Melo, based upon the international best seller by Lourenco Mutarelli;

And also “Onde Andara Dulce Veiga?” a filme based on the international bestselling mystery by Caio Fernando Abreu. A journalist is haunted by images of a beautiful singer/actress who mysteriously disappeared years ago and obsessed with her daughter, a rising punk rock celebrity, a stunning “neon-realistic”film by the internationally awarded director Guilherme de Almeida Prado. For additional information about the film festival visit www.sdlatinofilm.com

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