The New York Latino Film Festival premieres Gael García Bernal’s Cassandro featuring Bad Bunny

NYLFF showcases 116 films, highlighting "Cassandro" with Gael García Bernal and stories of Latino heritage and social change.

In an era of burgeoning Latin American cinematic talent, the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is set to showcase 116 films from approximately 20 countries between September 15 and 24. The festival kicks off with the much-anticipated New York premiere of “Cassandro,” an Amazon Prime production starring renowned Mexican actor Gael García Bernal.

The film delves into the life of a real-life openly gay Mexican wrestler who rose to prominence in the face of a deeply masculine world.

Stellar Cast and Debut Dates

“Cassandro” boasts more than just Bernal’s compelling performance. Musical icon Bad Bunny, hailing from Puerto Rico, also graces the screen in a special role. Rumors have swirled of a scene where the two share a kiss. Fans won’t have to wait long; the film debuts on Amazon Prime Video on September 20 and will be available globally two days later.

A Rich Tapestry of Stories

As the festival unfolds at the outset of Hispanic Heritage Month, attendees can expect a variety of documentaries and insightful discussions. One such inclusion is the debut feature film by New Yorker Aristóteles Torres titled “Story Ave (2023)”. This gripping tale of theft stars the charismatic Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán, as per the festival’s official announcement.

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Film enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience HBO’s documentary featuring the beloved Eugenio Derbez in “Radical.” Derbez portrays a teacher in a Mexican border town who pioneers an innovative method to harness the potential of his students. For music aficionados, the documentary “Carlos” will be a treat. It chronicles the journey of a 14-year-old street musician’s rise to stardom, offering a nod to legendary guitarist Carlos Santana.

Web series aficionados are not left behind either. The festival returns with its roster of web series, including “Dominicanyork,” which delves into the lives, secrets, aspirations, and identities of 8,000 Dominican-American millennials. “Migrants” is another noteworthy inclusion. It tells the tale of two naive Brooklyn hipsters who established a “Migrant Integration Initiative” in response to news that Texas Governor Greg Abbott was relocating Latin American migrants to their community.

A Commitment to Social Change Through Cinema

“In the midst of this pivotal moment in the entertainment industry, NYLFF remains resolute in championing stories as a potent and vital tool for collective social change,” remarked festival founder Calixto Chinchilla. He emphasized that for 23 years, the festival has been, and will continue to be, a platform for Latino filmmakers and content creators to spotlight their narratives. “Now, more than ever, we are poised and ready,” Chinchilla added.

Closing on a Musical Note

In a fitting finale, the festival will culminate in a free outdoor music event at Plaza Quisqueya in the Inwood community.