Instituto Cervantes NY, Havana Film Festival NY and Casa Comal Guatemala Welcome the 6th Annual Icaro Central American Film Festival New York, September 27-29, 2017
20th Anniversary Celebration of El silencio de Neto, directed by Luis Argueta – First Guatemalan Film Ever Made
All screenings are Free of Charge and subtitled in English
For the sixth consecutive year, filmgoers will have the opportunity to see award winners and new releases coming from the most relevant film festival in Central America. From September 27-29, 2017 Icaro NY screens 10 films that vary in genre, country and format: documentaries, narrative features, experimental shorts and animated films for all ages that hail from Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador and Guatemala will be shown at Instituto Cervantes New York (211 East 49th Street, bet 2 & 3 Aves). Screenings are open to the public and free of charge. All foreign films are subtitled in English.
Icaro New York opens on Wednesday September 27 at 6pm, with a selection of the short films: Hasta con las uñas (Tatiana Romero, Nicaragua); Anatómicamente Correcto
(Loco González / Evelyn Price, Guatemala); Víctimas de Guernica (Ferram Caun, El Salvador); Nada (Arturo Menéndez, El Salvador). At 7pm Costa Rican film Abrázame como antes / Hold Me Like Before, a docudrama about a group of trans prostitutes who find a home and family after crossing paths on the lonely and uncertain streets of San José has its NY Premiere. Director Jürgen Ureña will be present for a Q&A post-screening, followed by an Opening Night Reception sponsored by Rum Barceló.
Thursday September 28 at kicks off at 5:30pm with the NY premiere of Kimura by Aldo Rey Valderrama (Panama), a redemption story that sees familial trouble resolved in the mixed martial arts arena. The ethereal Guatemalan short Los habitantes del aire by Ameno Cordova and Pepe Orozco screens at 7:00pm followed by Izabel Acevedo’s documentary chronicling the genocide trials of former Guatemalan dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt, El buen cristiano (Mexico). Acevedo will be present for a Q&A following the screening.
The festival closes on Friday September 29 at 6pm with the NY premiere of Los ofendidos by Marcela Zamora (El Salvador), who tells the stories of just some of the thousands of people who were captured and tortured during the civil war in El Salvador, including that of her father. At 7pm Amores Gatos, an experimental tragicomedy about a wannabe-poet jack-of-all-trades dilettante who earns his living as a cat-sitter in NYC. JuanMa Calderon, director of the Guatemalan-U.S. co-production will be in the house to present the movie and conclude with a Q&A.
About the festival, Diana Vargas, director of Icaro New York says: “Held annually in Guatemala, for the past 19 years Icaro Film Festival has served as a storytelling platform for young and emerging filmmakers hailing from the 7 countries that make up the region of Central America. It has given them the opportunity to build their audiences and strengthen the region’s presence in major film festivals around the world. Thanks to this partnership these stories will once again be told to and in New York.”
In the Icaro Film Festival, more than 25 countries participate along with a significant number of international guests. The Festival is replicated locally in each Central American country. Its screenings are distributed at festivals and in cultural centers all around the world. Its most important achievement is to have stimulated the Central American audiovisual production and the appreciation for their own stories in the public while positioning its production on an international level.
More info is available at http://festivalicaro.com/
Wednesday September 27 – OPENING NIGHT
Hasta con las uñas
Tatiana Romero | Nicaragua | 2016 | 30 min
Loco González, Evelyn Price | Guatemala | 2016 | 12 min
Víctimas de Guernica
Ferram Caun | El Salvador | 2016 | 8 min
Arturo Menéndez | El Salvador | 2016 | 7 min
Abrázame como antes / Hold Me Like Before – NY Premiere
Jürgen Ureña | Costa Rica | Fiction | 2016 | 63min
Thursday, September 28
Kimura – NY Premiere
Aldo Rey Valderrama | Panama | 2016 |
Los habitantes del aire – NY Premiere
Ameno Cordova, Pepe Orozco | Guatemala | 2016 | 18 min
El Buen Cristiano / The Good Christian
Izabel Acevedo | Mexico | Documentary | 2016 | 100min
Friday, September 29 – CLOSING NIGHT
Los ofendidos / The Offended – NY Premiere
Marcela Zamora | El Salvador | Documentary | 2016
7:00PM – CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Amores gatos – NY Premiere
Juanma Calderon | Guatemala-U.S. |