'Backyard' to close L.A. Latino film festival

73 films set to screen at Aug. 19-25 event

Carlos Carrera's "Backyard" will screen as the closing-night film at the 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, which runs Aug. 19-25 at the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood.

The feature, Mexico's submission last year for the foreign-language film Oscar, is a fictionalized account of a series of murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. It stars Ana de la Reguera, Jimmy Smits, Joaquin Cosio, Alejandro Calva, Amorita Rasgado and Enoc Leano.

The fest, screening 73 films, including 37 features, includes the world premiere of the drama "Bedrooms," directed by Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos and Victor Teran and starring Jordan Belfi, Julie Benz, Xander Berkeley, Moon Bloodgood, Barry Bostwick, Jesse Garcia, Sarah Clarke and Dee Wallace in four interconnected stories.

The lineup also includes the West Coast debut of William Wedig's "Forged," which focuses on the struggles of an ex-convict to make a new life, as well as such titles as Anna Muylaert's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," Luciana Burlamaqui's "Entre a Luz a Sombra," Ciro Guerra's "The Wind Journeys," Alvaro Bechner's "Bad Day to Go Fishing," Miguel Coyula's "Memories of Overdevelopment," Sebastian Leilo's "Christmas," Sebastian Cordero's "Rabia" and Carlos Gaviria's "Portraits in a Sea of Lies."
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