Before modern cinema, the term motion picture referred to tossing children's artwork out the car window. Catch a flick with this GrouponLive deal to the 14th Annual Havana Film Festival, held from Friday, April 12 to Friday, April 19: for $10, you get two tickets to a screening of your choice at the Quad Cinema (up to a $22 value). See the full schedule here.
Though there's plenty of Cuban artistry on display, the Havana Film Festival screens comedies, dramas, and think-pieces from all over Latin America. Movies play at the Quad Cinema. Take a closer look at a few features:
Todo el Mundo Tiene Alguien Menos Yo (Everybody Has Somebody But Me)
Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Quad Cinema
Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m., at Quad Cinema
Alejandra is a powerful executive accustomed to success—except in love. When chance brings her in contact with the flighty, untethered teenager Maria, the two women begin to develop an unlikely love affair. Whether offering exact instructions for makeup application, setting up impeccably choreographed movie dates, or enjoying the art world, Alejandra believes everything is going swimmingly—but she may be exerting more control than her young lover can handle.
All Are the Same
Wednesday, April 17, at 9 p.m., at the Quad Cinema
Friday, April 19, at 5 p.m., at the Quad Cinema
A mystery hangs over Maria and Ramon in this moody and evocative drama. Unfolding partly in animation and partly in live action, the couple find their lives swiftly changed when a foreboding letter arrives in the mail.
Havana Film Festival
A passionate project of the nonprofit American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, Havana Film Festival showcases respected and rising voices hailing from Cuban and other Latin-American communities. The festival's executive director, Carole Rosenberg, and film programmer Diana Vargas helm a dedicated staff, who draw cinematic works from countries such as Argentina, El Salvador, and Peru. Their collection of numerous features, shorts, documentaries, and classic Latin movies graces the screens of venues throughout the city, many for the very first time in the United States.
English subtitles assist non-native speakers in following the action, and panel discussions and postscreening Q&As afford audiences a behind-the-scenes glance at the global film industry. The panels also engage the filmmakers and explore new cinematic innovations, such as 5-D movies that rock audiences to sleep by their favorite stars. The festival annually pays tribute to influential actors and directors within the Latino film community.