6 Movies You Can’t Miss At The NY Latino Film Festival

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"6 Movies You Can’t Miss At The NY Latino Film Festival"


The New York Latino Film Festival, presented by HBO, is the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. Since it’s founding in 1999, the NYLFF produces culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development and foster relationships for Latino talent.

The festival is back for its fourteenth year and to get you in the spirit of it, we’ve highlighted some of the films you must watch when it makes its return to the big apple this upcoming Wednesday, October 11!

Check them out and see you at the movies!

SATURDAY CHURCH (Presented by Samuel Goldwyn Films)

U.S.A | 81 Min.

Wednesday, October 11 –  7:00PM @ Cinepolis Chelsea

Reminiscent of “La-La Land” meets “Moonlight”, this coming-out story features exhilarating and yet tender musical numbers. Saturday Church is the journey of Ulysses, a young gay man from the Bronx who comes to find his queer family on the piers of New York’s West Village.

Adolescent Ulysses is just beginning to explore his identity and sexuality at his home in the Bronx when his domineering Aunt Rose demands he puts an end to it. He soon finds supportive friends and inspiration in the Village, but with the understanding that Aunt Rose is waiting back home. It’s a complicated life Ulysses leads and Damon Cardasis’s musical coming-of-age story is all the better for tackling multiple sides of the young Latino and Black LGBTQ experience, with compassion and hear combined.


U.S.A. | 90 Min.

Saturday, October 14 – 6:30PM @ Cinepolis Chelsea

Acclaimed director Jim McKay’s first film in over a decade is this timely, compassionate, often humorous look at life in New York as an undocumented Mexican immigrant.

Jose works long hours making bicycle deliveries for a restaurant in Carroll Gardens and spends his days off on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. When his team makes it to the championship, Jose suddenly finds himself forced to choose between his job and his loyalty to his team. Shot on the streets of Brooklyn, McKay’s film vividly captures the everyday struggles and camaraderie that binds a community together in this universally relevant story of fortitude and dignity.

A CHANGE OF HEART (Presented by Estefan Enterprises)

U.S.A | 105 Min.

Saturday, October 14 – 8:15PM @ Cinepolis Chelsea

Frustrated with the cards life has dealt him and the product of circumstances that have driven

him to fear diversity, Hank (Jim Belushi) finds himself at odds with the diversifying demographics of his central Florida town. After suffering a heart attack, Hank is given a chance at survival- but will he accept the heart of a Puerto Rican drag queen?

Playing on the literal and symbolic weight of the organs of the human body, this touching film conveys a story necessary to today’s America, reminding us that even those most set in their ways can learn to embrace difference, accept love, and move on with life.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPQHZBenMug

HOLD ON (Presented by Hispanicize Films)

New York Premiere | 90 Min.

Thursday, October 12 – 8:10PM @ Cinepolis Chelsea

Inspired by true events, ‘Hold On’ tells the story of Sidney Rhodes, a talented mixed race singer who must fight to keep her personal dreams and family life alive while working at a small Los Angeles church. As she encounters a string of disappointing auditions and struggles to save her brother from a life of addiction, Sidney eventually meets 25-year-old Vic Duran, the rebellious son of a famed music manager who greets her with an unlikely proposal. Armed with contrasting personalities and differing opinions on life and music, Sidney and Vic soon find themselves on an unexpected creative journey…where hope and redemption appear on the horizon, but the pains of the past make it difficult to hold on.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/210694453

MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND (Presented by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films)

U.S.A. | 80 Min.

Friday, October 13 – 9:00PM @ Cinepolis Chelsea

Most Beautiful Island is a psychological thriller set in the world of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in NYC. Shot on Super 16mm with an intimate, voyeuristic sensibility, the film chronicle one harrowing day in the life of Luciana, a young immigrant woman struggling to make ends meet while striving to escape her past. As Luciana’s day unfolds, she is whisked, physically and emotionally, through a series of troublesome and unforeseeable hardships. She soon finds herself the central character in a cruel game of life and death where psyches are broken for the entertainment of a privileged few.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khH10LPqQpM


NY Premiere |120 Min.

Saturday, October 14 – 8:40PM @ Cinepolis Chelsea

In Eduardo Ortiz’s (Los domirriqueños) latest, the rise to stardom of Reggaeton’s founding father, Vico C, is captured in vivid and exciting detail. A tale of redemption, Vico C rose to the top of the urban Puerto RIcan rap movement only to fall into a dark world of drugs, imprisonment and near-death accidents.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsSxAvspzVk

For more information about the schedule and where to purchase tickets,

visit: NYLatinoFilmFestival.com


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