The North American premieres of Paulo Thiago's Brazilian drama The Children's Orchestra and Fernando Sarinana's Mexican drama Enemigos Intimos are among the line-up at the 12th annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), set to run from September 12-19.

The roster includes the US premieres of Issa Lopez' Mexican comedy Casi Divas and Celia Fox's US gang drama Days Of Wrath.

Other highlights are expected to include a tribute to composer Gustavo Santaolalla in the form of the 2008 Gabi Lifetime Achievement Award and special screenings of Gregory Nava's 1983 political dissident drama El Norte and Mario Soffici's musical romance Cita En La Frontera (Encounter On The Border).

As a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards short film category, LALIFF will showcase 52 entries in its shorts programme. For further details about the line-up visit