HBO Latino celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with FREE NYC screening of Casi...

HBO Latino celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with FREE NYC screening of Casi Casi plus six Estrenos Latinos



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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 13, 2007–HBO Latino announced today its programming lineup and a public screening of the comedy “Casi Casi” to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2007. HBO Latino and Instituto Cervantes will co-host a screening of the feature film Casi Casi on Monday, October 1, 2007 at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission, first-come, first-served. For reservations, call 212-308-7720 or email events@cervantes.org. For more information, visit http://www.cervantes.org.

In the award-winning Puerto Rican film Casi Casi, high schooler Emilio thinks running for Student Council president will finally impress his crush…until she decides to run for the position too. (Casi Casi airs on HBO Latino on October 4.)

HBO Latino will host a pre-screening reception in the outdoor courtyard of Instituto Cervantes from 6pm to 7pm, with music, Latin American-style hors d’oeuvres, and select wines. Immediately following the movie, Casi Casi co-writers and directors Tony and Jaime Vallés, actress Irene Lucio and film experts from HBO and academia will discuss Latin American cinema with the audience.

“To show Casi Casi at Instituto Cervantes is an important and exciting aspect of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at HBO Latino,” says Lucinda Martínez-Desir, HBO Latino’s VP of Market Development. “This sweet comedy is the perfect catalyst for a month of special programming for all of us as Latino viewers.”

Every Thursday night at 9PM EST, a new movie from Latin America and Spain debuts exclusively as part of HBO Latino’s “Estrenos Latinos” series. During Hispanic Heritage Month, HBO Latino presents six hit movies hailing from Cuba, Spain, Chile and Puerto Rico, beginning tonight with the Spanish-language TV debut “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

“Princesas” (9/20) follows two young girls in Madrid whose friendship is forged while they try to create a better life for themselves. A one-hit novelist struggles with handling his second book—plus his wife and mistress—in “Perfecto Amor Equivocado” (9/27), directed by Havana native Gerardo Chijona.

“Ladrones y Mentirosos” (10/11) is a heartrending story that follows three Puerto Rican families struggling to stay together in a society overcome by corruption and drugs. Chilean director Rodrigo Sepúlveda Urzúa’s “Padre Nuestro: La Ultima Cita” (10/18) is a bumpy journey through the heart and soul of an ordinary family.

About HBO:

Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television-programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., providing two 24-hour premium television services, HBO and Cinemax. Together, both networks reach approximately 40 million subscribers in the United States via cable and satellite delivery. Home Box Office’s international joint ventures bring HBO branded services to more than 50 countries around the globe.

About HBO Latino:

Currently available in 45% of homes that receive HBO via cable, HBO Latino is a Spanish-language channel designed to reflect the diversity of the nation’s Latino culture. Throughout the United States, HBO Latino broadcasts debut feature films and documentaries in Spanish; music videos; and original shorts regarding cultural themes and current events, including a mix of Hollywood films and the best of HBO’s original programming. To order HBO Latino, call your local satellite or cable provider, or visit http://www.hbolatino.com.

About Instituto Cervantes:

Instituto Cervantes is a worldwide non-profit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991. It is the largest organization in the world concerned with the teaching of Spanish, and it maintains a presence in over twenty different countries throughout 54 centers devoted to the Spanish and Hispanic American culture and Spanish Language.

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HBO Latino celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with FREE NYC screening of Casi Casi plus six Estrenos Latinos