In addition to providing filmmakers with networking opportunities and exposure, festivals offer regular moviegoers a way to check out rug samples before installing a red carpet in their foyer. Reap festivals' cornucopian benefits with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets (up to a $22 value) to Havana Film Festival New York screenings at Quad Cinema.
Havana Film Festival New York showcases underrepresented films from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos living in the U.S. This year's festival features a retrospective on filmmaker Gerardo Chijona, whose work has appeared in Sundance, among other places, such as the back of his brain. On Friday, April 8, view a Sundance 2011 official selection at the Quad Cinema with Chijona's Boleto al Paraíso, or Ticket to Paradise, which records the journey of a runaway teenager and a young boy in search of a paradise wherein everyone is born with 3-D goggles. Works by other directors, such as Ernesto Díaz Espinoza's Mandrill, will also be shown at Quad Cinema during the festival.
Other Chijona films will be shown for free at NYU's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. On Wednesday, April 13, Adorables Mentiras, translating to Adorable Lies, will introduce audiences to an aspiring male screenwriter who pretends to be a director to pursue a woman with a ring-pop treasure trove. Chijona's 1987 documentary Kid Chocolate will dance across the silver screen on April 13, chronicling the life of Cuba's first boxing world champion.
The film festival is part of ¡Sí Cuba!, a celebration of Cuban arts, literature, and finger-paint portraits.
The Havana Film Festival New York has been featured by the NY Daily News:
- As a cultural and artistic endeavor, the Havana Film Festival New York is a runaway success. – Albor Ruiz, NY Daily News
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