THIRD ANNUAL MINNESOTA CUBAN FILM FESTIVAL
From: Minnesota Cuba Committee (mncubagmail.com)
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:40:40 -0800 (PST)
THIRD ANNUAL MINNESOTA CUBAN FILM FESTIVAL

February 23 – March 29, 2012
*For immediate release, January 31**, 201**2
(This release is also attached in PDF format)*

*Contacts: *
 *Anya Achtenberg, aachtenberg [at] gmail.com, 651-214-9248*
*Carla Riehle, MNCuba [at] gmail.com, 651-983-3981
**www.minnesotacubacommittee.org*

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Cuba Committee has released the line-up of
films for the third annual Minnesota Cuban Film Festival. Each Thursday
evening, from February 23 to March 29, the committee, in partnership with
the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, will present an outstanding
collection of Cuban cinema. Most of the films are contemporary, with some
vintage offerings. Each film will be accompanied by a bonus short feature.

This year, the festival is co-curated with Cuba’s world renowned film
institute, ICAIC (*Instituto **Cubano** del Arte y la Industria
Cinematográficos*). Coordinators have also been working closely with Cuba’s
international film school, EICTV (*Escuela Internacional de Cine y
Televisión*), co-founded by Colombian writer and journalist Gabriel García
Márquez.

Festival coordinator Anya Achtenberg says,

"Here's the remarkable thing -- in the absence of films like these, the
space is filled by the story U.S. policymakers give us. Film in Cuba has,
since the beginning of the Cuban film industry in 1959, been a medium of
profound reflection on Cuban society, dirty laundry and all. Come see these
films. Hear a range of Cubans on the island speak for themselves in film
arts, and together give us a glimpse of Cuba that begins to reveal the
great complexity of Cuban history, culture, society, struggles, vision and
goals."

Screenings will take place at St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main
Street,Minneapolis. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.
Each
film will be followed by a discussion at Pracna on Main led by a member of
the Minnesota Cuba Committee or the Cuban-American community, or others
with a particular interest in the subject matter of the film.

On March 29, the festival will conclude at Pracna on Main with dancing and
live music provided by the all-Cuban band Cubaníá, with Viviana Pintado,
piano and vocals; Frank Rivery Garcia, percussion & vocals; and Gloria "La
Niña" Rivera, vocals.

The festival line-up is as follows:

February 23, *Habanastation
*by Ian Padrón (2011; 94 minutes). Cuba’s Academy Award submission
(2012). During
the course of a May Day celebration, two young boys pushed by their social
and economic differences come into conflict.The cast features members of
the internationally known children's theatre company La Colmenita, UNICEF
Goodwill Ambassadors. Accompanied by *For the First Time*, a documentary
from 1967 about campesinos’ first ever glimpse of a movie.
 March 1*, **Boleto al Paraíso
**Ticket to Paradise*, by Gerardo Chijona (2011; 90 minutes). Goya Award
nominee (2012; Spain). Set during the “special period” after the collapse
of the Soviet Union. The story follows disaffected youth fleeing abusive
families as the AIDS crisis begins to loom, and provides a look at how Cuba
controlled the spread of the disease.
March 8, *Nosotros, la Música
**We are the Music*, by Rogelio Paris (1964, 66 minutes). Mesmerizing black
and white footage of 1960s Cuba, the iconic performers indivisible from the
audience. Paired with *Alabbá *(2010), an exploration of the Santería religion,
past and present.
March 15, *En el Cuerpo Equivocado
**In the Wrong Body*, by Marilyn Solaya (2010, 52 minutes).  Documentary
about Mavi Susel, the first sex reassignee in Cuba, in 1988. A close
examination of what it’s like to be transsexual in a country that’s
grappling with gender issues in a way quite different from the U.S.
Accompanied by a short feature, *Cuba’s Campaign Against Homophobia*, a
CENESEX production.
March 22, *Casa Vieja
**Old House*, by Léster Hamlet (2010, 94 minutes). ALBA opener (2012;
Belgium). Stunning and timely version of a classic Cuban play. An
expatriate returns to his family home and his dying father; old conflicts
emerge against the backdrop of his long absence. Accompanied by a short
from the international film school, *Black Neck Swan, White Neck Swan*.

March 29, *Yo Soy, del Son a la Salsa
**From Son to Salsa*, by Rigoberto López (1996, 100 minutes), Grand Coral
award (1996; Cuba). A joyous exploration of 100 years of Cuban and
Caribbean music starting in the mountains of Oriente province. Interviews
with the great salseros!

Screening copies of the films are available on request. For more information
about the festival and the Minnesota Cuba Committee, visit *
www.minnesotacubacommittee.org*.
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