Havana Film Festival New York, Apr. 3-11

Mark your calendar for the 15th Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY), taking place April 3-11, 2014 and showcasing over 45 films, including World, U.S. and N.Y. premieres from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino filmmakers in the U.S.

APRIL 3-11, 2014

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
A tribute to recently deceased Cuban filmmaker Daniel Díaz Torres

WHAT: 15th Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY), showcasing over 45 films, including World, U.S. and N.Y. premieres from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino filmmakers in the U.S. Participating countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Venezuela and the United States. All films are subtitled in English.

WHEN: April 3-11, 2014

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 New York

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 3.

15th HFFNY opens on April 3 at 6:30 pm at the Directors Guild Theatre (DGA) with La Película de Ana, by Cuban director Daniel Díaz Torres. The film portrays through the use of humor and ironic overtones the story of Ana, an unlucky actress whose economic problems push her into prostitution. Leading actress Laura de la Uz will be present at the screening.

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 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.

This popular event kicks off the festival on March 28 at 6:00 pm with the screening of The 100 Cuban Sones, 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.


•    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.

•    HFFNY celebrates its 15th anniversary with a special showcase of the latest in Cuban cinema, including the newest works by Kiki Alvarez (Jirafas), Gerardo Chijona (Esther en Alguna Parte), Carlos Lechuga (Melaza), and Jorge Perugorria (Se Vende), as well as a selection of new works by young Cuban filmmakers.

•    A special program of Cuban archival films rarely screened in the U.S. and curated by Cuban film critic Luciano Castillo, Between Tumblers and Slates: The Impact of Music in the History of Cuban Cinema illustrates the influence of music in the island’s film industry.

•    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.

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.