|THIRD ANNUAL MINNESOTA CUBAN FILM FESTIVAL||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|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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