NEWS RELEASE | 16th Annual Havana Film Fest NY set to open on April 9th, 2015

HFFNY PRESS OFFICE

Contact:
Melany Walter

T: 212.687.2146 / 646.361.0410
press@hffny.com 

Hotline: 212.946.1839
www.hffny.com

March 2, 2015

16th anniversary features the latest films from the region, including new works by Arturo Sotto, Diego Lerman, Fernando Perez, Kiki Alvarez, Lester Hamlet and Vicente Ferraz.

Homage to Gabriel García Márquez: The Cinephile
Four rarely seen films honor the late Colombian writer and his love of film

Nosotros la música (We, The Music) sidebar features 12 Cuban music documentaries in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Rogelio Paris’ emblematic film
Special Events: Cuba Golden 60s @ BAMcinematek – March 20-31

First Fridays! HFFNY Kick-off at The Bronx Museum of the Arts – March 27, 6:00 pm


WHAT:

16th Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) showcases over 40 films, including World, U.S. and N.Y. premieres from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino filmmakers in the U.S. Featured countries include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, United States, and Venezuela. All foreign films are subtitled in English.

WHEN: April 9-17, 2015

WHERE: HFFNY FESTIVAL VENUES

Americas Society – 680 Park Ave. (Bet. 68th and 69th St.), Manhattan

BAMcinématek – 30 Lafayette Ave. (Bet. St. Felix St. and Ashlan Pl.), Brooklyn

The Bronx Museum of the Arts – 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St., The Bronx

Directors Guild of America Theater – 110 West 57th St. (Bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), Manhattan

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU – 53 Washington Square South, Manhattan

Museum of the Moving Image – 35th Ave. at 37th St., Astoria, Queens

Quad Cinema – 34 West 13th St. (Bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), Manhattan

SVA (School of Visual Arts) Beatrice Theatre – 333 West 23rd St., Manhattan

WHY: HFFNY 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. A full program and festival line-up will be available at www.hffny.com after March 7th.   

OPENING NIGHT

16th HFFNY opens April 9 at 6:30 pm at the Directors Guild Theatre (DGA) with the NY premiere of Boccaccerias Habaneras (Boccaccio in Havana) by Cuban filmmaker Arturo Sotto.

CUBA: GOLDEN 60s AT BAMcinématek

In the wake of the Cuban revolution of 1959, the island experienced a cinematic golden age. Aided by the state-sponsored Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), filmmakers unleashed a stream of formally radical works that crossed New Wave-inspired stylistic experimentation with politically charged subject matter. Taking place at BAMcinématek, March 20-31.

RUMBA CLAVE BLEN BLEN BLEN PREMIERES AT FIRST FRIDAYS!
AT THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS

This popular event kicks off HFFNY March 27 at 6:00pm with the screening of Rumba Clave Blen Blen Blen, followed by a special music performance by Dayramir Gonzalez & Habana enTRANCE, and spinning by DJ ASHO. The film takes us on a historical journey that traces the history of rumba in New York, paying homage to grand masters of the genre such as Chano Pozo and his collaborations with Dizzy Gillespie. Directed by Aristides Falcon Paradi.

TRIBUTE TO GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, THE CINEPHILE

HFFNY honors the man that was a true friend to his friends and a dedicated cinephile with this 4-film tribute showcasing rarely seen works where Gabo was involved in its production or screenwriting: The Blue Lobster, Letters from Park, There Are Not Thieves in this Village and A Conversation with Garcia Marquez about his Friend Fidel.

NOSOTROS LA MÚSICA 50th ANNIVERSARY

Cuban music has always had a strong presence in Cuban film. With the birth of the ICAIC (Cuba’s National Film Institute) and its policy promoting documentary filmmaking, Cuban music makes a cinematic splash through a considerable number of works that depict it from its many angles. Half a century after the premiere of the outstanding film by Rogelio París Nosotros, la música (1964), HFFNY presents a cinematic tour of 12 films from a variety of musicians, dance styles, and rhythms on a subject so attractive and recurrent. Some are U.S. Premieres while others screen in New York for the first time.

CUBAN CULTURE FESTIVAL NEW YORK

From February through June, AFLFC celebrates its 15th anniversary with Cuban Culture Festival New York, a multidisciplinary initiative offering New Yorkers the latest in Cuban film, dance, music and visual arts. The festival also honors AFLFC’s outstanding partnership with its sister organization, the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (LFC) as they continue building cultural bridges between both countries through unique exchange programs in the arts.  Cuban Culture Festival New York is presented by AFLFC in collaboration with renowned partner organizations the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA), Americas Society, BAM, Jack Shainman Gallery, The Joyce Theater, and the National Arts Club.

HIGHLIGHTS OF 16th HFFNY

Screenings of award-winning Latin American films from the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in Havana and other important international film festivals, competing for the Havana Star Prize for Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Documentary.

  • Special showcase for children.
  • Cuban Culture Festival New York.
  • Gabriel García Márquez The Blue Lobster and A conversation with García Márquez about his friend Fidel a the Americas Society.
  • Live music, parties.
  • An opportunity to meet actors, directors, and other international guests; participate in free panels and other special events; and 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 Americas Society, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, Museum of the Moving Image, and SVA (School of Visual Arts).

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

HFFNY offers ticket discounts to students, senior citizens and groups, as well as ticket packages and passes: www.hffny.com.

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