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On April 11, Marcus Theatres will kick off its second annual CineLatino Milwaukee Film Festival. The four day festival is a celebration of Hispanic films, culture and community.

The festival will begin with a Premiere Night fundraiser at Marcus BistroPlex in Greendale, benefitting Aurora Cancer Care — Spanish Clinic. CineLatino will be premiering the new Eugenio Derbez comedy Overboard. The event will also feature cultural entertainment from Danceworks presented by the United Performing Arts Fund and in-theatre dining during the screening of Overboard. Tickets are $85 and available for purchase at

The Premiere Night will also feature live art by Mauricio Ramirez, the acclaimed visual artist behind the Wisconsin Ave. utility box murals and the 20-by-50 foot mural honoring the late singer songwriter Selena in Walker’s Point. Ramirez partners with Marcus Theatres to design the festival’s poster.

“Aurora Health Care is excited to continue our role as presenting sponsor of this wonderful community event,” stated Erickajoy Daniels, senior vice president of diversity and inclusion, Aurora Health Care, in a press release. “We opened the state’s first and only bilingual Spanish-speaking cancer clinic in Wisconsin to ensure that those in the Latino community are treated with innovative care that is sensitive to their cultural needs.”

The remainder of the festival will take place at South Shore Cinema in Oak Creek, featuring 12 films presented primarily in Spanish with English subtitles. A variety of special activities will be sprinkled throughout the film line-up.

Half of all net proceeds from the film festival will benefit local Hispanic health and education efforts. The festival will run from April 11 to April 15. See below for a list of all featured films.

La Boda de Valentina (The Wedding of Valentina): Valentina has the perfect life in America. Her universe trembles when Jason, her boyfriend, proposes marriage and she must confront her family, the Hidalgo, the most chaotic and surreal political dynasty in the history of Mexico.

La Novia del Desierto (The Desert Bride):The story of Teresa, a 54-year-old woman, whose life begins to fall apart when the family that has employed her decides to sell their home. For decades, she has taken refuge in the routine, but now she must begin a new life that leads to an unexpected accident that will take her across the desert.

Los Que Aman Odian (In Love and In Hate)Dr. Huberman arrives at a hotel near the sea in search of a delightful and fruitful solitude. Little does he imagine that he will soon be involved in the complex relationships of the curious inhabitants of the hotel.

Una Mujer Fantastica (A Fantastic Woman)Marina, a transsexual woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is moved by the death of her older boyfriend. After his passing, Marina faces scorn and discrimination about their unconventional relationship. 2018 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

Una Mujer Sin Filtro (A Woman Without a Filter):  Paz, a kind woman, has allowed everyone around her to treat her as if she were worth nothing, keeping silent so as to not hurt anyone’s feelings. That all changes the day a phenomenon in her head forces her to express what she feels.

Coco: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. 2018 Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Featured Film and Original Song.

Condorito: La Pelicula (Condorito: The Movie): With help from his nephew, a condor named Condorito embarks on a hilarious adventure to save the planet and his loved ones from an evil alien king. This film is based on the most beloved comic strip in Latin America.

FerdinandSet in Spain, Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart that proves you can’t judge a bull by his cover. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

Tesoros (Treasures):In a small community on the Mexican Pacific Coast, siblings Dylan and Andrea set off with their new friends on a marvelous journey of discovery in search of long lost pirate loot.

Pan’s Labyrinth: In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

The Shape of WaterIn a 1960s research facility, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with a strange, amphibious creature that is being held in captivity. 2018 Academy Award Winner for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Director and more.

SelenaThe true story of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

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