Latino films. 15th HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK. April 3-11, 2014. The festival offers an international rainbow of award-winning films, retrospectives, and panel discussions with notable local and international directors, actors, and producers.
Havana Film Festival New York is the annual Latino film and cultural event that New Yorkers eagerly look forward to, premiering the latest Latino films by prominent and emerging cinema visionaries throughout the continent. The festival offers an international rainbow of award-winning films, retrospectives, and panel discussions with notable local and international directors, actors, and producers. All films are subtitled in English.
This year the Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary with a special showcase of the latest in Cuban cinema, including the newest works by Gerardo Chijona, Carlos Lechuga, Kiki Alvarez, Ernesto Daranas and Jorge Perugorria as well as a selection of new works by young Cuban filmmakers.
HFFNY FESTIVAL VENUES:
Directors Guild Theater – 110 West 57th St. (Bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), Manhattan. Quad Cinema – 34 West 13th Street (Bet. 5th & 6th Ave.), Manhattan. Museum of the Moving Image – 35th Ave. at 37th St., Astoria, Queens. The Bronx Museum of the Arts – 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St., The Bronx. King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU – 53 Washington Square South, Manhattan. SVA (School of Visual Arts) Theatre – 333 West 23rd St., Manhattan. CUNY Graduate Center – 365 Fifth Ave. (Bet. 34th & 35th St.) #C204, Manhattan.
15th HFFNY opens on April 3 at 6:30 pm at the Directors Guild Theatre (DGA) with Behavior (Conducta) by Cuban director Ernesto Daranas. This box office hit film depicts the special relationship that develops between Chala, an eleven years old boy with a drug addict mother who trains fighting dogs to survive, and Carmela, his sixth grade teacher.
15th HFFNY wraps up on April 11 at 6:30 pm at the Directors Guild Theatre (DGA) with the Havana Star Awards ceremony followed by the NY Premiere of The German Doctor (Wakolda), the latest work by Argentine director Lucia Puenzo. Set in 1960, the film depicts Mengele during his exile in South America. Having adopting a new identity, he moves into a Patagonian hotel run by German-speaking Eva and her husband Enzo, where he becomes particularly interested in their daughter Lilith.
FIRST FRIDAY! AT THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS:
This popular event kicks off the festival on March 28 at 6:00 pm with the screening of The 100 Cuban Sones (100 Sones cubanos), by Cuban director Edesio Alejandro. In this documentary full of humor and authentic Cuban music, the 100 most relevant Cuban sones are merged into an album in an effort to portray the roots of this genre. A cinematic expedition, the film travels to far places throughout the island in search of son’s essence, exalting the main characters behind the rhythm.
HIGHLIGHTS OF 15TH HFFNY:
• Screenings of award-winning Latino films from the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in Havana and other important international film festivals, competing for the Havana Star Prize.
• More than 35 actors, directors, and other international guests; participate in free panels and other special events;
• An opportunity to watch films seldom screened in New York City.
FREE EVENTS & SCREENINGS:
HFFNY offers free special events and screenings in partnership with renowned local cultural institutions such as The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of the Moving Image, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, and more.
HFFNY offers ticket discounts to students and senior citizens.
First Friday! HFFNY kick off at the Bronx Museum – March 28 @ 6:00 pm.
Opening Night Premiere at Directors Guild Theatre (DGA) – April 3 @ 6:30 pm.
Visit Havana Film Festival webpage: http://www.hffny.com/2014/