Must-See Latin American Movies at Havana Film Festival New York


Remezcla reminds us that the Havana Film Festival New York starts this week [also see our previous post 20th Havana Film Festival New York]. The Film Festival runs from April 9 to 16, 2019. Remezcla offers a list of must-see films, including Icíar Bollaín’s Yuli (Cuba, Spain), Arturo Infante’s El viaje extraordinario de Celeste García (Cuba, Argentina), Margo Guernsey’s Councilwoman (Puerto Rico), Laura Cazador and Fernando Pérez’s Insumisas (Switzerland, Cuba), and the classic 1978 film Memories of Underdevelopment by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (Cuba). Remezcla writes:

With over 35 films from Cuba, Latin America, and Latino filmmakers in the U.S, the 20th edition of the Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) is a reminder of why it’s the longest running Latino fest in the city. In addition to showcasing some of the most exciting contemporary filmmakers from the region, the 2019 program is giving audiences a chance to catch the work of some of Cuba’s most well-known directors. Fans of Fernando Pérez will be able to check out his latest film (co-directed with Laura Cazador), Insumisas, as well as two of his earlier films, including 1987’s Clandestinos. As part of its In Memoriam tribute, HFFNY is screening the 1996 documentary Yo soy, del son a la salsa by Rigoberto López, who passed away earlier this year. And for those itching to look further back to Cuba’s classic cinema, there’s also a screening of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s groundbreaking 1978 film Memories of Underdevelopment.


[Image above: a still featuring Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta in Yuli.]

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