Mon. Dec 6th, 2021

Havana Film Festival NY returns to East Village, opening and closing night shows announced

The 21st Havana Film Festival New York returns to theaters with a program celebrating the diversity and cultural expression of Cuban and Ibero American voices.

HFFNY opens Friday, November 5 with a red carpet event and New York Premiere of the long-awaited Colombian film El Olvido Que Seremos (Memories of My Father), a Cohen Media release, directed by Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and starring Javier Cámara. Trueba, based on the self-titled novel El Olvido Que Seremos, depicts the life of Héctor Abad Gómez, a well-known doctor and human rights activist torn between the love of his family and his political struggle in Colombia with violence. After the screening, there will be a personal Q&A with director Fernando Trueba. HFFNY’s opening night is presented in collaboration with NYU’s King Juan Carlos I from Spain Center and Ideal Glass Studio (9 West 8th Street, NYC).

Opening Night Party features the Cuban piano phenomenon Dayramir González with a special guest singer and artist Willard Morgan at Ideal Glass Studios, 9 W 8th St, New York. About González Carnegie Hall writes “This Afro-Cuban pianist, composer and arranger sets fire to the Latin jazz world in America.”

Closing the Festival is the latest film by Spanish director Icíar Bollaín Maixabel, starring silver screen Luis Tosar and Blanca Portillo. In 2000, Maixabel Lasa’s husband, Juan María Jaúregui, was killed. Eleven years later, she receives a request: one of the men involved in Juan’s murder will meet her. Despite his reservations, Maixabel agrees to meet with the conviction that ‘everyone deserves a second chance’. Present will be special guests from the film to provide a question and answer after the screening. Closing Night is presented in partnership with NYU’s King Juan Carlos I from Spain Center.

This year’s full festival program explores three trends in modern Ibero-American cinema. The first is cultural and social inclusion, especially in the context of immigration, reflected in both the stories of many of the films as well as in the countries represented. Second, the symbiotic relationship between cinema, literature, and music is seen through their creators. The third is addressing taboo subjects, including homosexuality in Native American societies as well as social alienation among youth. The festival offers an intimate insight into the multiple perspectives that make up the Ibero-American diaspora, creating an environment for industry professionals, film lovers and Latinos to enrich and expand their vision of Latino culture.

All festival screenings take place at Village East Cinema (181-189 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003). The full schedule will be announced on Friday, October 15th.

Tickets can be purchased at www.HFFNY.com.

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