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Welcome to Havana Film Festival New York

The Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) has become an internationally recognized film festival celebrating Latin American cinema with new full-length features, documentaries, short films, classics and animation from Cuba, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Our program is renowned for premiering award-winning films as well as the work of emerging filmmakers. This year's selection appeals to different age groups, fostering an appreciation of Latin American culture.

2008 Trailer by Juan Pablo Zaramella

Location Update:
Monday, April 14th & Tuesday, April 15th program has been moved to
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College East 68th Street (bet. Park & Lexington Aves.)

LA NOCHE DE LOS INOCENTES / THE NIGHT OF THE INNOCENTSApril 11 - Opening Night Ceremony and Screening at 7:00 pm


U.S Premiere
Cuba / Spain / Italy. 2007. 35 mm.
Fiction. 100 min.
Dir.: Arturo Soto

A badly beaten young man is abandoned at the emergency room of a La Habana hospital, where everyone assumes he’s been assaulted for being a transvestite. His nurse convinces her ex-cop lover to look further into “the case”, bringing a mysterious cast of characters out of the woodwork.

AWARDS: Special Jury Prize at Festival de Biarritz, 2007; Havana Film Festival, Cuba 2007, Premio El Mégano

Reception immediately following screening. Location to be determined.


EL OTRO / THE OTHERApril 17 - Closing Night Ceremony and Screening at 7:15 pm


NY Premiere
Argentina / France / Germany. 2006. 35 mm. Fiction.  83 min.
Dir.: Ariel Rotter

A run of the mill business trip by train to the countryside offers Juan Desouza a new identity when he finds the man sitting beside him is dead. With a new lease on life and time to spare, his journey leads to an inner rediscovery where his most basic instincts are brought into question.

AWARDS: Jury Grand Prix and Best actor at Berlin Film Festival 2007, Audience Award and Special Mention IFFS Jury - Don Quijote Award at Fribourg Film Festival 2007 (Switzerland), Signis at Alba International Film Festival 2007 (Italy), Best Actor and Third Coral Prize at Havana Film Festival, Cuba

Party immediately following screening. Location to be determined.



Juan Carlos TabíoJuan Carlos Tabío (1943) started at ICAIC as assistant producer and later as assistant director. In 1963 he made his first documentary film and later collaborated in the scripts of several important productions in Cuban cinema. Between 1963 and 1989 he made more than 30 documentary films. Tabío's name has been linked with some of the most important Cuban movies of recent years. He co-directed with the legendary Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate) and Guantanamera and has found his own aesthetics in works such as Lista De Espera (Waiting List), Se Permuta (House for Swap), Plaff (To Afraid of Life) and El Elephante y la Bicycleta (The Elephant and the Bicycle).

Luis Alberto GarciaLuis Alberto Garcia (1961), one of Cuba’s leading male actors, has appeared in close to fifty films since 1985, including such classics as Clandestinos (1988), Guantanamera (1995), and La Vida es Silbar (1999). Garcia has received Best Actor awards from the Festival Internacional del Nuevo cine Latinoamericano, Festival Internacional de Cartagena de Indias, and Festival Internacional de Cine de Viña del Mar. He recently made his Directorial debut with the documentary Leal al Tiempo (2007), an homage to La Habana Vieja’s dedicated historian and conservationist, Eusebio Leal.

Estela BravoEstela Bravo: For three decades, American Filmmaker Estela Bravo has brought a rare and tender eye to the social documentary. Her films focus on the victims of injustice, poverty and war.

Bravo's 30 award-winning documentaries on Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the US reach across cultural and language barriers to touch us all.