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LATIN CINEMA ON SCREENS IN NEW YORK: HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL 2013

 

By Culturekiosque Staff

NEW YORK, 28 MARCH 2013  — In its 14th edition, The Havana Film Festival will be once again a key element in the New York culture mix. Over 45 films from and about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the U.S. will screen  12 - 19 April, at six venues in three New York boroughs. The festival will showcase 28 New York premieres, five U.S. premieres, and three World premieres from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the U.S.

"We are very proud to have built a solid presence in New York City's busy cultural landscape as a convergence point for established and emerging Latino filmmakers. Every year, we offer our audience a passport to Latin American film realms that allow them to step outside of their comfort zones and explore uncharted narratives," states HFFNY's Artistic Director Diana Vargas in a recent press announcement.  

A kick-off screening of Havana, Havana! will take place on 5 April as part of First Fridays! at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. This moving documentary depictsa special concert by an outstanding lineup of Cuban music stars including Descemer Bueno, Kelvis Ochoa and David Torrens.The artists, who had left Cuba many years ago, return to add a new spirit to Cuban music. Mirroring Cuba's growing relationship with the world, the film highlights the new spirit of the country's music scene.

On 12 April, HFFNY's official Opening Night will feature the New York premiere of Amor Crónico (Chronic Love), the directorial debut of Cuban star Jorge Perugorría. The film documents NY-based, Cuban Grammy-nominated singer CuCu Diamantes musical tour, as she return to her roots while performing in several Cuban cities. Both Perugorría and Diamantes will present the screening, followed by a party at Iguana Restaurant. The singer will perform the film's soundtrack at a special concert at Joe's Pub on 13 April.

HFFNY will wrap up on 19 April  with the Havana Star Prize awards ceremony and the New York premiere of 7 Cajas (7 Boxes), the Paraguayan festival hit by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori. The film depicts the story of Víctor, a poor delivery boy at Municipal Market No. 4 in Asunción, Paraguay, whose life hinges on the seven mysterious boxes in his wheelbarrow. 7 Cajas was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Premios Goya (Spain's Oscars) and won awards at Festival de San Sebastián and Cartagena Film Festival. Director Juan Carlos Maneglia will present the screening, and a party at Copacabana Nightclub will follow.

The nineteen features competing for the Havana Star Prize for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Documentary are:

Fiction Competition: Amor Crónico (Chronic Love), La Sirga, Las cosas como son (Things The Way They Are), Tr3s Marias, Irremediablemente juntos (Together), Sanandresito, Brecha en el silencio (Breach in the Silence), Un mundo secreto (A Secret World), A Cadeira o Pai (Father's Chair),Todo el mundo tiene a alguien menos yo (Everybody's Got Somebody...But Me), Febre do Rato (Rat Fever), and Paisajes devorados (Vanishing Landscapes).

Documentary Competition: A mi lado (By My Side), El misterio de las lagunas (The Mistery of the Lagoons); Havana, Havana!; El Etnógrafo (The Etnographer); Sibila; and Ergonomía para Diana (Ergonomics for Diana).

Other festival highlights include special premiere features such as the controversial Operación E, which recreates the story of Emanuel, a Colombian guerrilla hostage's son born in captivity whose heart-wrenching story kept the country on edge for weeks; Day of the Flowers, a romantic comedy from renown British director John Roberts starring Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta that follows two British sisters on their first trip to Cuba; and El Paseo 2, the highest-grossing film in Colombian history that marks the Spanish-language debut of John Leguizamo.

This year festival's honoree, Argentinean filmmaker, writer, painter and recipient of several international awards, Fernando Birri is considered the Father of New Latin American Cinema. A retrospective of his work will include the New York premiere of his latest film Fausto Criollo; Vanishing Landscapes, directed by Eliseo Subiela and featuring Birri as the main character; and Tire Die and Che The Death of the Utopia,t wo classics in his filmography. Rafael Rosal, current director of the International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba (EICTV), will present the festival award to his maestro and mentor. Rosal belongs to the first class of graduates of EICTV, which Birri co-founded with Gabriel García Márquez and Julio García Espinoza.

For more information and a full  festival schedule visit www.HFFNY.com.

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