Lisanka -film by Daniel Diaz Torres y
Eduardo del Llano, 2009
Friday February 4th at 7:00 pm
In Veredas, an imaginary town in the Cuba of the
early 70’s, Soviet missiles are hidden. Two young
men, Sergio and Aurelio, are in dispute over Lisanka's
love, the most beautiful and sought-after
girl in town. The Missile Crisis is about to begin and
a Group of Soviet soldiers arrive in town, among
them Volodia, who becomes a dangerous rival for
Sergio and Aurelio.
The daily life in town, as well as Lisanka's, are
inevitably changed by the events.
Habana Eva - film by Fina Torres, 2010
Friday February 4th at 9:00 pm
Prakriti Maduro plays Eva, a free-spirited seamstress
full of innocence, mischief and passion.
When a wealthy photographer into town and offers
her a large sum of money to be his tour-guide it
complicates things between Eva and her soon-to-be
-husband and she has to come to terms with what
she really wants out of life. The film is directed by
Fina Torres (Women On Top) and features a solid
supporting cast with Yuliet Cruz, Juan Carlos Garcia
and Carlos Enrique Almirante.
Cuba, an island with a complicated history, but
overflowing with people rich in pride, dreams, and
love, is the setting for this romantic comedy that
also takes a look at the current economic and
political landscape. With all the laughs Habana
Eva brings, it’s easy for viewers to overlook the
serious social situations it attempts to present, and
more than likely leave you with thoughts of sipping a
mojito. Habana Eva, screened during the New York
International Latino Film Festival, is a treat for any
Latino movie lover.
Habana Eva is delightfully funny, with a
dash of magical realism and ode to the
beauty of Cuba.
Alicia Alonso - Orbit of a Legend
(film by Jose Ramon Neyra, 2010)
Saturday February 5th at 12:00 pm
A documentary film based on Pedro Simón´s essay,
produced by National Museum of Dance of Cuba.
Alicia Alonso has attained world fame as a ballerina,
choreographer, ballet master and director. Prima
ballerina assoluta, she is a relevant personality in
the history of the dance and an outstanding figure in
classical ballet in the US and Latin America. She is
the principal creator of the methodology and style of
classical dance known as the Cuban school of ballet.
She built a brilliant career as a performer of the
romantic, classical and modern repertoires. Her
choreographic versions of the great classics are
considered to be paradigmatic.
La Anuncacion - film by Enrique Pineda Barnet, 2009
Saturday February 5th at 2:00 pm
A separated family, a will, a magical city. They are
united by their differences.
Havana, 2006: Amalia, an spiritualist elder women,
just became a widow. She resides in the smallest
apartment, on the last floor of the oldest building, of
the most historically old corner in the Vedado
District. She lives with Cristobal, her 10 year old
grandson, and her youngest son, Mayito. Amalia
brings the family together in order to read them the
testament of her late husband, Octavio.
Her children: Ricardo, a revolutionary engineer who
lives and works in a Humble little town of Provincia;
Margarita an architect residing in the USA where she
has her own family; and Mayito, a bohemian
musician and poet.
They live in separate worlds.
The family reunion serves to tell the stories of their
lives. Amalia, a loyal believer, this time assuming a
paternal role to unify. But, at bringing back the
spirit of her late husband, he speaks through the
median of his grandson, and reveals that a legitimate
document exists. It is the boy who discovers and
reveals the truth.
A CUBAN FAMILY IN THE FOUR CARDINAL POINTS
Quien Soy Yo?
Saturday February 5th at 7:00 pm
Eighty eight young orphans of Argentina's military
dictatorship (1976-1983) solve their questions:
"Who am I? Are my parents amongst the
The film tells the stories of children and youth who
work with the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo to
regain a true identity. It also presents the gripping
trials that followed, which probe crimes against
humanity committed by the oppressors (including the
trafficking of newborns).
Los Dioses Rotos - film by Ernesto
Saturday February 5th at 9:00 pm
Laura (35 years old) is a university professor who is
preparing her masters thesis on a famous Cuban
procurer, Alberto Yarini and Ponce de León, who was
assassinated by gunfire by his french enemies, who
controlled the prostitution business in Havana in the
turn of the Century. Interested in unveiling the
current validity of this legendary character, in her
sociological research she discovers a captivating
event: In one of Havana's cult houses exists a piece
of clothing that has almost religious importance
attached to it. It is the handkerchief used by Elena
Morales -one of Yarini's prostitutes- to stop the
bleeding of his pimp that November afternoon in
1910, when the french gun him down to death.
Laura finds in this revelation important historical
value, and with all the morbid fascination that a
good stroke research must have, she sets out to
make a comparative study between the DNA in the
dry blood on the handkerchief and that of Yanini's
remains, to prove or deny the story built around this
On the other hand, Alberto and Sandra (24 years
old) talk about youth marked by its social
environment. She has just been released from jail;
he has just arrived from Paris in the dawn of his
career as a gigolo. Regardless of their desire to cut
tides with their pasts, the love they feel for each
other unites them beyond their own interest. After
two years of distance, when their lives are meeting
again, Rosendo (40 years old), a feared procurer,
owner of Yanini's handkerchief, becomes an
insurmountable obstacle between them. Right in the
middle of this confrontation is Laura, driven by her
obsession on a story that has no relevance for the
rest, finds that the dark world in which she has step
in will turn against her.
Beyond its anecdote, The Crazy Godsis a story of
confronted values; a reflection on the ethics and
morality of a group of characters from different
social spheres, to whom the concepts of "right" or
"wrong" are not applicable. Social drama, suspense
and melodrama are combined in a story that wants
to be entertaining, universal and consequent with
the reality that it belongs to.
Eso Que Anda - film by Ian Padron, 2009
Saturday February 5th at 11:00 pm
The recent documentary film makes a
Summary of the history in four decades of
work from the testimonies of its members: the
musicians who belonged and those gone but “who
are still Van Van."
The documentary exploits all the spice
and rhythm of Van Van; it could not be
any another way if we are mentioning
Cuba’s greatest band. You feel like
rushing out to dance after watching this
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