More than 30 films, some in world premiere, will be presented this year at the Havana Film Festival in New York, which will take place from November 3 to 10 and will pay tribute to the popular actor and theater teacher Alexis Díaz de Villegas ( “Juan of the dead”), who died last June, the organizing committee reported today.
They will also pay homage to the filmmaker Pastor Vega (1940-2005), director of films such as “The Portrait of Teresa” and “Vidas Parallels”, and Rigoberto López (1947-2019), with a filmography that includes more than 20 works, including “El Mayor” and “Yo soy del son a la salsa”.
He also indicated that in this 22nd edition of the Festival, which will also have forums attended by directors, films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and Latinos in the United States will be presented. Joined.
Likewise, the launch of the book “The story in a yellow envelope” will be made by Iván Giroud on November 6.
The majority of films, 23, compete for the Havana Star Award, among them the one that opens the festival “El suplente” by the Argentine Diego Lerman (“So suddenly”, “Refugee”) that had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
Lerman and actress Renata Lerman, recently awarded the Silver Shell for Best Supporting Actress at the San Sebastian Film Festival, will be present to present the film and answer questions after the screening.
This edition will bring the public from fictional films that include a wacky Cuban story to twisted attractions (“Oscuros Amores”, by Gerardo Chijona), a neo-noir story of struggle and redemption set in a dystopian Peru (“Tiempos Futuros”, by Víctor Checa) to a candid exploration by 6 directors of the feelings and realities of society Cuban during the covid (“Tales of one more day”).
Also included is the first feature film entirely written, filmed, directed and performed by ex-guerrillas (“Memorias Guerrilleras”, David Marín Collective), and documentaries that explore how art makes history and reflects on racial discrimination such as “Under Suspicion: Zokonentu” by Daniel Díaz, or the visibility of the trans communities of Latin America in stories of strength and redemption such as “Yo nena, Yo princess” by Federico Palazzo.
The festival ends with the awards ceremony and the world premiere of the documentary “La Habana de Fito” by Juan Pin Vilar about the memories of the Argentine singer-songwriter in his relationship with Havana.
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