19° HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK – HFFNY- ANUNCIA LAS 13 PELÍCULAS QUE COMPETIRÁN POR EL HAVANA STAR PRIZE, 6-17 DE ABRIL DE 2018
El 19° Havana Film Festival NY anuncia la selección de trece películas que competirán por el Havana Star Prize por Mejor Película, Mejor Director, Mejor Guión y Mejor Documental. Los premios serán entregados durante la Ceremonia de Clausura, el martes 17 de abril a las 6:30pm en el Directors Guild Theatre. Los ganadores serán elegidos por destacados miembros de la industria del cine y el mundo del arte. Las 13 películas seleccionadas provienen de Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, España, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Estados Unidos y Venezuela. Muchos de los directores viajarán a Nueva York para presentar sus trabajos.
Ernesto Daranas | Cuba – Spain | 2017 | Fiction | 93 min | N.Y. Premiere
AMC 34 Theater 4/11 @ 6:30pm
Q&A w/ actors
The 19th Havana Film Festival New York (www.HFFNY.com) rolls out the red carpet with the N.Y. premiere of the latest comedy from Cuba’s shores- Sergio and Sergei dir. Ernesto Daranas. Winner of the Premio Coral del Público at the 39th International Film Festival in Havana, this clever, crowd-pleasing delight tells the true story of a Russian cosmonaut trapped in space during the fall of the USSR, and his unlikely friendship with the Cuban philosophy professor who sets out to save him, featuring the award-winning Ron Perlman and two of Cuba’s hottest actors, Tomás Cao and Hector Noas.
*****DE PUERTO RICO PARA EL MUNDO*****
SCREENS AT FIRST FRIDAYS! AT THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
This popular event kicks off the 19th Annual Havana Film Festival New York!
Directed by Mariem Pérez & Carlitos Ruiz for Banco Popular
Join HFFNY and the Bronx Museum of the Arts for a musical journey through the history of the Puerto Rican Diaspora told by the stories of some of the island’s most beloved musical and creative figures.
Nine films compete for the ninth annual Havana Star Prize. From late-life love stories to teenage hi-jinx to friendships that cross decades, countries, and even planets- these are stories that stick with you.
EL ÚLTIMO TRAJE / THE LAST SUIT
Pablo Solarz | Spain-Argentina | 2017 | 86min
A critically acclaimed exploration of Argentina’s Jewish diaspora and the effects of the Holocaust 60 years later, Pablo Solarz’s charming, funny and notably poignant film reminds us of the human relationships forged in times of tragedy.
A hilarious dark comedy about a modern day Robin Hood (if Robin Hood were a serial killer…) starring some of Cuba’s biggest names including Carlos Enrique Almirante, Isabel Santos, Enrique Molina & Vladimir Curz.
A delicate tale about the empowerment of a woman who has lived her whole life in the shadow of others, The Hollywood Reporter calls The Desert Bride “a captivating two-hander, as soothing as a desert breeze.”
Renowned director Marcelo Gomes explores the life and times of revolutionary Brazilian abolitionist and martyr “Tiradentes” (Joaquim José da Silva Xavier) in this ambitious historical epic, a sweaty, dusty and stunning cinematic journey into colonial Brazil on the brink of independence.
Screened at Cannes’ 56th Critics’ Week, Marcela Said’s second feature centers on the complex and compelling figure of Mariana as she dives into the brutal legacy of the Pinochet era through an affair with an older man.
Latin filmmaker Judith Escalona weaves an action-packed tale of three NY teens. For Maria and Mona, graduation means fulfilling a dream. For Michael, it means dashing all hope of a better future. You either make the grade or you don’t- in academics or love- and that makes all the difference.
Storytelling is what makes us human, and these five documentaries selected to compete for the Havana Star Prize demonstrate just that. Each of the tales below succeeds in transporting us as viewers- be it via musical journeys through space and time or interviews that immortalize the spirits of icons who have passed- and in reminding us that stories unite us.
INDESTRUCTIBLE, EL ALMA DE LA SALSA
INDESTRUCTIBLE, THE SOULS OF SALSA
David Pareja | Spain | 2017 | 78min | NY PREMIERE
This musical odyssey follows Spanish flamenco singer Diego “El Cigala” as he creates a salsa record. With stops in Cali, Havana, Punta Cana, San Juan, Miami and New York, Indestructible is a musical tour-de-force.
Carmen Guarini | Argentina | 2017 | 82min | NY PREMIERE
Do utopias still exist? Two decades of footage are woven together in a story that immortalizes the spirit of Argentine filmmaker Fernando Birri, who reminds us how essential utopias are to our survival as humans.
The 19th Havana Film Festival New York (www.HFFNY.com) closes April 17th with an unforgettable cinematic experience, guaranteed to whet appetites. Join us on a culinary road trip through Cuba, in this mouth-watering documentary bursting with flavors, stories, and a socio-historical understanding of food as a vehicle of memory, identity, and change.