Monday, April 2, 2012 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 2:56 PM

Este mes estamos orgullosos de ser un Media Sponsor del 13th Havana Film Festival New York que se realiza del 12 al 20 de Abril. Hemos visto crecer al festival y nos complace ser parte de la celebración de lo mejor del cine latino en Nueva York. Este año se otorga además el 3er Havana Star Prize!. Felicitaciones de antemano a todos los ganadores!

Como parte de la muestra de John Chambelain el Guggenheim presenta The Secret Life of Hernando Cortez durante Abril y Mayo y en ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES tendremos SPANISH CINEMA OF THE EARLY POST-FRANCO ERA con filmes de Almódovar, Ventura Pons e Iván Zulueta, entre otros. Los dos eventos para los cinéfilos es sin duda el Tribeca Film Festival y el Havana Film Festival New York de los cuales tendremos más información en otros artículos. 
El Instituto Cervantes tiene una gran selección este mes: Cortos Dominicanos, Documentales de Cuba y filmes de directores de origen Totonacan (Mexico)y Maya (Guatemala).
Los detalles:

* The 13th Havana Film Festival New York > April 12 - 20 >
with special events April 20th at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and April 20-22 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens > HNYFF.

HFFNY features more than 50 highly anticipated and influential films from and about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the U.S. including Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, Venezuela and the U.S. They span a variety of genres and themes, ranging from comedy, thrillers, action, drama and documentaries to children's tales, as well as films from and about indigenous peoples from Guatemala, Colombia and Bolivia.
Opening Night Film: The Festival opens April 12th at the Directors Guild Theatre with the N.Y. Premiere of Habanastation, the latest film by Cuban director Ian Padrón. The film presents the story of two young boys who become friends despite their differences; a film that speaks of a Havana that reveals two distinct faces from the everyday life of these youngsters.
Closing Night Film: HFFNY closes on April 20th at 7 pm at the New York Directors Guild Theatre with the highly anticipated N.Y. premiere of Juan of the Dead, Alejandro Brugues' second feature film. In this first "zombie movie" made in Cuba, a series of strange events start to develop: more and more people become violent, attacking each other. At first, Juan believes that it's just another stage of the Cuban revolution but then he realizes that the culprits are not human and killing them would be very difficult.
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Paraisos Artificiales > Directed by Yulene Olaizola, México > Hasta Abril 5 > reRun Theatrer > Brooklyn > Paraisos.

Artifical Paradises is a "poetic contemplation that balances a landscape's serene beauty with the small futile dramas of characters whose lives are ruled by intoxication" (Screen International). Acclaimed at Rotterdam and winner of the Best Cinematography Award at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Mexican filmmaker Yulene Olaizola's elegant drama is a journey into the altered states and unlikely friendship of young heroin addict Luisa (Luisa Pardo) and pot-smoking, aging caretaker Salomon (Salomón Hernández). Gloriously photographed, the film is an evocation of this odd couple's emotions, their attempts to escape from everyday life and reach an artificial Eden, as well as the storms brought on by their enjoyment of this experience in a crumbling Veracruz beach resort.

* The Secret Life of Hernando Cortez, 1968 > Directed by John Chamberlain > Courtesy Ultra Violet > April 6, 20, 27, and May 11 > Guggenheim.

A visually inventive experimentation in film, The Secret Life of Hernando Cortez offers a rare opportunity to consider the celluloid manifestation of Chamberlain's assemblage aesthetic. Starring Taylor Mead in the role of the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez and Ultra Violet as his beloved consort and daughter of the Aztec emperor Montezuma, this underground classic unfolds as a narrative exploration into the imagined private life of its titular character.
Please be advised that this film contains nudity.


Anthology, in collaboration with film scholar Gerard Dapena and the Cultural Department of the Consulate General of Spain, is thrilled to present this film series surveying the era in Spanish cinema directly following the death, after almost four decades of dictatorial rule, of Francisco Franco. The period that followed was one of cultural awakening across many different art forms, and this was certainly true of Spanish cinema – the eight years covered by this program saw a burst of creativity and experimentation, resulting in films like Iván Zulueta’s sex-and-drugs-filled underground classic ARREBATO (RAPTURE); Ventura Pons’s extraordinary OCAÑA: RETRATO INTERMITENTE, a portrait of a homosexual painter; Jaime Chavarri’s DISENCHANTMENT, a documentary profiling the widow and children of the official poet of Franco’s regime; and Pedro Almodóvar’s flamboyant, unapologetically tasteless early films (represented here by PEPI, LUCI, BOM and LABYRINTH OF PASSION); among many other unforgettable works that took full advantage of Spain’s newfound creative freedom.
Paying homage to this extraordinary era in Spanish cinema, this series features ten films, most of them rarely screened in the U.S. since their initial release, and all of them shown from archival prints.

* Todos estamos invitados. Director Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (con Q&A) > Abril 4 > Instituto Cervantes > Todos.

Josu Jon has been injured in a hard clash with the Civil Guard and he has lost his memory. He is treated in a prison hospital while he is waiting to see what the judge and the competent authority decide. He is not very sure who he is, so the nuns teach him to pray and be a good Christian. However, other inmates from the same organization as him, help him to remember that he is, in fact, a brave “gudari”, and that he will soon be returning to the struggle as soon as he gets out of prison. In the meantime, events follow their course in the Basque Country: a university professor, Xabier, is threatened for his opinions of the situation in Euskadi (the Basque Country). At the same time, his girlfriend works as a psychologist in the same psychiatric center where they are supervising Josu Jon’s progress.

Parte de la serie 100 Reflections Out of Sorrow.


Michelangelo Antonioni (1912–2007), the great Italian director of L’Avventura, Red Desert, and Blow-Up, began his career making documentaries. Rarely seen outside Italy, these films offer a deeper understanding of the aesthetic he would develop in later years. On the occasion of the centenary of Antonioni’s birth, Museum of the Moving Image will offer a rare opportunity to see Antonioni’s documentaries, including a selection of short works and screenings of Chung Kuo China. This legendary but seldom-shown four-hour documentary was made at the invitation of Mao Zedong but then banned by the Chinese government for years.  


A provocative, morbidly comic drama that begins during the onset of the bloody 1973 Chilean coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende. Alfredo Castro (who played the title character in TONY MANERO, Larraín’s previous critically acclaimed film) is a coroner’s assistant who, while obsessively wooing an erotic dancer, is caught in the midst of a cataclysmic event — and finds himself with a rapidly expanding game plan. Once again, the filmmaker invests his characters with metaphoric undertones, suffusing Santiago with a surreal visual texture that evokes the nightmarish landscape it was rapidly becoming. 

* TEMPO REI > Abril 12 > 92 Y Tribeca > CT's Music+Film Series: Janeiro in New York > REI.

(Lula Buarque de Hollanda, Andrucha Waddington and Breno Silveira, Brazil, 1996, 90 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Filmed in 1996, Tempo Rei celebrates 30 years of Gilberto Gil's career. In this personal film, Gil looks back on his artistic trajectory, sharing memories and personal stories. Tempo Rei was filmed in Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador and Ituaçu. It includes scenes of shows and musical meetings with special guests Filhos de Ghandi, Gil's family, Stevie Wonder (who interprets "Desafinado"), Caetano Veloso and Carlinhos Brown, among others. It includes the great successes of Gilberto Gil, such as "Madalena," "Cores Vivas," "Vamos Fugir," "Procissão" and "Expresso 2222."
* Dominican Shorts > Screening of four short films (60') participating at the 2011 Dominican Global Film Festival > Abril 16 > Instituto Cervante > SHORTS.

- One Robbery, Two Friends and Three to Run: The precarious economic situation has given Cornelio the idea of robbing a Money Exchanger with an ingenious strategy. For this he has the support of his friend, Julio who was asked to be the getaway driver. Julio without showing much interest in the plan will try to persuade Cornelio to stop his plan and find another way to earn money.

- Head / Tails: Ana wakes up early everyday to go to work while her boyfriend Allan stays at home. Every decision he makes is determined by a flip of a coin. One day Ana, tired of the situation, decides that everything must change in a radical way.

- Almost: The sudden break of a couple ends up giving them the surprise of their lives.

- Alike: This is the story of a young boy who does not understand why he cannot play with his best friend, Luisito. His mother’s racial prejudices don’t allow him to interact with other kids. But thanks to a game of questions and answers with his best friend, he discovers they are not so different after all.

Spanish with English subtitles.

*Documentaries from Havana > Abril 18 > Instituto Cervantes > two documentaries: 
- The 100 Cuban 'Sones': Cubans have selected a list of the 100 most relevant and authentic Cuban sones in order to merge them into the same album that contains the roots of this genre. This small expedition travels to far places of the island in search of the son’s essence, exalting the main characters behind the rhythm. This is a documentary full of humor and authentic Cuban music. Director, Edesio Alejandro, will be present for a Q&A.
- To Be A Human Being - Love: One episode of the six full-length documentaries that are part of To be a Human Being, a series made in eight diverse communities around the world by young filmmakers from film schools in seven different countries. It is a celebration of humanity, based on a simple premise that emerged from a conversation with a woman subsistence farmer in Kenya in 1986 - what we have in common is very big, and what is different between us is very interesting.  The six universal human characteristics identified by the Kenyan farmer form the themes for the six Chapters of the series - Perseverance, Love, Culture, Faith, Fear and Hope. The series was produced and coordinated by the International Film and TV School (EICTV) in San  Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, with other participating film schools from India, New Zealand, Portugal, Jordan, Spain and New York. The director of the institution, Rafael Rosal, will introduce.
In Spanish with English subtitles.

* THE 2012 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL > ABRIL 18 - 29 > The festival will open with the world premiere of THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT and will close with THE AVENGERS. Plus gran cine Latino > TFF.

UNIT 7 : Characters (from left to right): MATEO (JOAQUIN NUÑEZ), ANGEL (MARIO CASAS), MIGUEL (JOSE MANUEL POGA). Foto: Julio Vergne.

- All In (La Suerte En Tus Manos), directed by Daniel Burman, written by Daniel Burman and Sergio Dubcovsky. (Argentina) – International Premiere. Professional poker player Uriel has been on a real hot streak—with the ladies—since his marriage fizzled out. But in between growing his online gambling business and helping to raise his kids, Uriel has rediscovered his old pre-marriage flame, Gloria…. Starring the great Valeria Bertuccelli (XXY) and Oscar®-winning songwriter Jorge Drexler, this romantic comedy from Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace) unfolds in the acclaimed director’s signature style: poignant, natural, and bitingly funny. In Spanish with subtitles.
- The Girl, directed and written by David Riker. (USA, Mexico) – World Premiere. From the director of La Ciudad comes this moving drama about a single mother (Abbie Cornish) caught in emotional quicksand after losing her job and custody of her son. Desperate to earn cash for her custody battle, she makes the daring choice to help smuggle illegal immigrants over the border. A deep connection to a young Mexican girl will take her on a life-changing journey and force her to confront her past. In English, Spanish with subtitles 
- Una Noche, directed and written by Lucy Mulloy. (UK, Cuba, USA) – North American Premiere. Fed up with catering to the privileged tourist class, Cuban teens Raul and Elio are tantalized by the promise of a new life in Miami. Accused of assaulting a foreigner, Raul has no choice but to flee, but Elio must decide whether his own escape is worth abandoning his beloved sister. Brimming with the nervous energy of Havana’s restless youth and evocative cinematography of the sun-bleached capital, Una Noche follows one sweltering day, full of hope and fraught with tensions, that burns to a shocking climax. In Spanish with subtitles.
- Unit 7 (Grupo 7), directed by Alberto Rodriguez, written by Rafael Cobos and Alberto Rodriguez. (Spain) – International Premiere. Unit 7 is a semi-official police detail with a seemingly impossible mission: kick Seville’s most vicious drug trafficking ring out of town ahead of a major international expo. By any means necessary. As they slip outside the bounds of the law in the name of duty, two officers fueled by violence, lies, and ambition end up on opposing paths. Spanish superstar Mario Casas (Neon Flesh) stars in this adrenaline-pumping action thriller. In Spanish with subtitles.

More information is coming on the TFF.

* A Night of Different Voices > Abril 19 > Instituto Cervantes > Voices.
Films made by Totonacan (Mexico) and Mayan (Guatemala) filmmakers will be shown. Most of these films have never been screened in the United States before. Q&A session to follow. 

* Festival of New Peruvian Films > Abril 20 al 27 > Centro Rey Juan Carlos I de la NYU >>  PERU.

PERUFEST presents the most recent cinematographic productions from Peru, screening short and feature films from the new generation of Peruvian directors. Many of these young filmmakers have been awarded prizes in festivals such as: Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastián, Biarritz, La Habana, amongst others.
In its current edition, the main theme of PERUFEST will be the politics of memory that relate to the internal armed conflict in Peru (1980-2000).

* 50 Years of the New York Film Festival on-going series >> including breakthrough films by Tarkovsky, Jackie Chan, Clint Eastwood, Michael Moore and a tribute to the late Raul Ruiz. A special appearance will be made by director Michael Moore at the ROGER & ME screening on Tuesday, April 24 > FilmLinc

* Family Films series with a French twist > April > The Film Society of Lincoln Center > FAMILY FILMS.
To coincide with the annual upcoming program Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the series will have a decidedly French point of view for the March and April lineup as it moves from winter to spring. With colorful films from France as well as some lively American musicals set in Paris there will be laughs, music and merriment >>

* CASA DE MI PADRE > Matt Piedmont, USA, 2012, 84 min. In Spanish with English subtitles > EN CARTELERA > CASA.

Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch faces financial strains, Armando's younger brother Raúl (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancée, Sonia (Genesis Rodríguez) and pledges to settle all his father's debt. It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over, but when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, the Alvarez family finds themselves in a full-out war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael García Bernal).

CHICO & RITA > De Fernando Trueba > Nominada al Oscar en la categoria de Animación >> En Cartelera > The Angelika.

CHICO & RITA is an epic story of love, passion, and heartbreak. Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-timeGrammy®-winning composer Bebo Valdés, CHICO & RITA captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, ColePorter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others.

* The Artist. De Michel Hazanavicius. Con Jean Dujardin y Berenice Bejo > 5 Oscars 2012 > En Cartelera >> The Angelika and BAMCinemas.

Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

* VIDEOTECA DEL SUR >> Cine Latinoamericano >> Videoteca.


* FOOTNOTE > Written and Directed by Joseph Cedar. Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nominee. Winner of the Best Screenplay Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival >
FOOTNOTE is the story of insane academic competition, the dichotomy between admiration and envy for a role model, and the very complicated relationship between a father and son.

* DETACHMENT. Directed by Tony Kaye (AMERICAN HISTORY X) >> Out March 16 in NYC > March 23 Los Angeles.

The long-awaited film DETACHMENT stars Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody as Henry Barthes, a substitute teacher who conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form a bond with either his students or colleagues. A lost soul grappling with a troubled past, Henry finds himself at a public school where an apathetic student body has created a frustrated, burned-out administration. Inadvertently becoming a role model to his students, while also bonding with a runaway teen who is just as lost as he is, Henry finds that he’s not alone in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.
Kaye has molded a contemporary vision of people who become increasingly distant from others while still feeling the need to connect. DETACHMENT features a stellar ensemble cast, including Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks, William Petersen, Bryan Cranston, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, James Caan, and newcomers Sami Gayle and Betty Kaye.


* The 28th Chicago Latino Film Festival > Abril 13-26 > International Latino Cultural Center > CLFF.

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