|FOURTH MINNESOTA CUBAN FILM FESTIVAL||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Minnesota Cuba Committee (mncubagmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 17:32:30 -0800 (PST)|
*FOURTH MINNESOTA CUBAN FILM FESTIVAL* *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* February 8, 2013 Contact:Anya Achtenberg, 651-214-9248 Franklin Curbelo,612-824-6109 Greg Klave, 763-228-2899 MINNEAPOLIS- On February 21, the Fourth Minnesota Cuban Film Festival opens at St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis. Presented by the Minnesota Cuba Committee, in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the festival includes a mix of new feature films and documentaries, along with two vintage classics. The films will all be accompanied by short features from Cuba's International Film School and other sources. The festival is co-curated by the Cuban Film Institute, ICAIC (*Instituto Cubano de Arte y Industria Cinematográficos*), through a unique cultural exchange between the institute and the Minnesota Cuba Committee. Festival 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. The festival will continue each Thursday evening at 7:00 pm through March 28. The star of one of the documentaries, Cuban-American musician Victor Alvarez, will be a special guest on March 14. As in previous years, there will be a closing night party at Pracna on Main, this year with Tr3O Cubanía featuring Viviana Pintado, Gloria "la Niña" Rivera and Shai Hayo. For the other five nights of the festival, a lively conversation about the films and all things Cuban will follow the films at Pracna on Main. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. Screening copies are available on request. The line-up is as follows: February 21, *Marina* by Enrique Alvarez (2011, Cuba, 80 min.). One of Cuba’s entries in fiction for the 2011 International Film Festival in Havana, a story of love and loss refracted through the coastal background of the small town of Gibara. February 28 *El Brigadista* “The Teacher,” by Octavio Cortazar (1977, Cuba, 111 min.). 1978 Berlin film festival prize winner. The fictionalized story of a high school student from Havana who is part of the early ‘60s Literacy Brigades. March 7 *Irremediablemente Juntos* “Hopelessly Together,” by Jorge Luis Sánchez (2012, Cuba, 104 min.). One of Cuba’s entries in fiction for the 2012 International Film Festival in Havana. A musical drama from the director of *El Benny*, with a frank take on race and class divisions and corruption. March 14 *One Among Thousands* by Carlos G. Meier (2009, U.S., 77 min.). A bittersweet documentary about Santa Fe, New Mexico musician Victor Alvarez, one of the “Peter Pan” children, who revisits his Cuban homeland for the first time in 43 years. Special guest appearance by Victor Alvarez. The film will be accompanied by *Omara*, (1983, Cuba, 25 min.) a lush documentary about singer Omara Portuondo whom we came to know through the Buena Vista Social Club. The film was a prizewinner at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. March 21 *Fabula* “A Fable,” by Léster Hamlet (2011, Cuba/Canada, 92 min.). Winner of the third “Coral” in fiction for the 2011 International Film Festival in Havana. A story of the contradictions of evolving Cuban society; a romance between a prostitute from a dysfunctional environment and a young man from a privileged background. March 28 *Los 100 Sones Cubanos* “100 Cuban ‘Sones,’” by Edesio Alejandro, Rubén Consuegra, (2010, Cuba/ Dominican Republic, 81 min.). In search of authentic Cuban *son*, the filmmakers travel the island for the best examples of the music and its artists. The results were five Grammy-nominated CDs that became the film. Trailers and further information on the films are available at www.minnesotacubacommittee.org
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