SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

 

Mulheres
Mulheres de Axé / Axé women

Marcos Rezende | Brazil | 2014 | Documentary | 31min | N.Y. Premiere

In this documentary, the Axé Women talk about their struggles to maintain their community’s African roots, bringing to light the matriarchal foundations of Candomblé and, consequently, a significant part of how Brazilian culture was built.

En este documental, las mujeres de Axé hablan de su lucha por mantener las raíces africanas de su comunidad, sacando a la luz las bases matriarcales de Candomblé y, en consecuencia, una parte importante de cómo fue construída la cultura brasileña.

QUAD 4/11 @ 3:15PM – Q&A w/ Director


Francisco
Francisco de Assis – uma lição de vida / Francisco de Assis – a Life Lesson

Yves Goulart | Brazil | 2014 | Documentary | 94min | N.Y. Premiere

A story about love and forgiveness this film conveys the story of Francisco de Assis Domingos, who becomes blind after being accidentally shot by a friend.

Una historia sobre el amor y el perdón, este filme aborda la historia de Francisco de Assis Domingos, quien queda ciego tras ser baleado accidentalmente por un amigo.

QUAD 4/11 @ 1:00PM – Q&A w/ Director


Pan y cebolla
Contigo, pan y cebolla

Juan Carlos Cremata | Cuba | 2014 | Fiction | 115min | N.Y. Premiere

Havana, the 1950s. Lala Fundora needs a refrigerator, and, to get it, she is willing to move heaven and earth …

La Habana, años 50. Lala Fundora necesita un refrigerador y para ello es capaz de mover cielo y tierra…

QUAD 4/10 @ 6:45PM – Q&A w/ Director

 

TALES FOR CHILDREN

 

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Alejandrito y el cuco / Alex and the Boogie Man

Alex Medina | Cuba | 2014 | Fiction | 15min | N.Y. Premiere

Alejandrito’s teacher is making his life hell. He and his friends must find a way to change it.

El maestro de Alejandrito está haciendo de su vida un verdadero infierno. Él y sus amigos tiene que encontrar una manera de cambiarlo.

QUAD 4/12 @ 1:OOPM


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Fernanda y el extraño caso del Dr. X y Mr. Jai

Mario Rivas | Cuba | 2013 | Animation | 90min | N.Y. Premiere

Fernanda is a school-age child who admires the great detectives in classic novels. She likes to solve the strange mysteries that take place when her friends create funny situations full of jokes and misunderstandings.

Fernanda es una niña de edad escolar, admiradora de los grandes detectives de las novelas policíacas clásicas. Le gusta descifrar los extraños misterios que se presentan cuando sus amigos generan graciosas situaciones de bromas y equívocos.

QUAD 4/12 @ 1:OOPM 


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Choele

Juan Sasiaín | Argentina | 2014 | Fiction | 87min | N.Y. Premiere

Coco is an 11-year-old kid who intensely wishes to grow up and be a man. A walk along the river with Johana, his new Venezuelan neighbor, initiates Coco in the adult world. However, his father and life itself slow him down and make him feel small and insignificant.

Coco es un niño de apenas once años con infinitas ganas de crecer y ser un hombre. Un paseo por el río con Johana, su nueva amiga venezolana, inicia a Coco en el mundo de los adultos. Sin embargo, su padre y la vida lo frenan, y lo hacen sentirse pequeño e insignificante.

QUAD 4/12 @ 1:OOPM

CUBA: NEW FILM GENERATION

 

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Las ventanas / The Windows

Maryulis Alfonso | Cuba | 2014 | Fiction | 21min | N.Y. Premiere

On her 40th birthday, Lucía, a craftswoman who manufactures clay dolls, dreams of what she would have liked to do with her life.

El día que cumple 40 años, Lucía, una artesana que confecciona muñecas de barro, sueña con lo que hubiera querido ser y hacer.

SVA THEATRE 4/13 @ 6:00PM – Q&A to follow


Chan
Miénteme bien, Jackie Chang / Be a Good Liar, Jackie Chang 

Grethel Castillo & Adolfo Mena | Cuba | 2013 | Fiction | 13min | U.S. Premiere

Chan Lee and Gloria meet in a bar. He takes her to his place, cooks and fantasizes an erotic encounter with her. When they are about to eat, he discovers her awful table manners and their relationship changes.

Chan Lee y Gloria se conocen en un bar. Él la lleva a su casa, cocina e imagina un encuentro sexual con ella. En la mesa, Chan Lee descubre los horribles modales de Gloria y revela sus verdaderos intereses.

SVA THEATRE 4/13 @ 6:00PM – Q&A to follow


ABCE
Abecé

Diana Montero | Cuba | 2013 | Documentary | 15min | N.Y. Premiere

Faced with the authority of her husband, Leoneidi, a 12 year-old girl who lives in the Sierra Maestra, is torn between playing games, motherhood and her obligations as a wife.

Frente a la autoridad de su marido, Leoneidi, una niña de 12 años del interior de la Sierra Maestra, se debate entre el juego, la maternidad y sus obligaciones como esposa.

SVA THEATRE 4/13 @ 6:00PM – Q&A to follow

SHOWCASE FROM U.S. FILMMAKERS

 

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Luis / Lizza

Joelle González-Laguer | US-Puerto Rico | 2015 | Documentary | 14min | World Premiere

Profesor Diaz speaks with a feminine affectation and wears women’s clothes in public. Yet, he insists, “I am not Lizza Fernanda. I am Professor Luis Felipe Díaz.”

El profesor Díaz habla con manerismos femeninos y se viste con ropa de mujer en público. Sin embargo, insiste: “Yo no soy Lizza Fernanda. Yo soy el profesor Luis Felipe Díaz “.

QUAD 4/10 @ 9:15PM


My roots final
My Roots Lie Here

Ellen Silverman | US-Cuba | Documentary | 2014 | 29min | N.Y. Premiere

This film explores the relationship four elderly Cubans have with the homes they have lived in all of their lives.

Esta película explora la relación de cuatro ancianos cubanos con las casas donde han vivido toda su vida.

QUAD 4/10 @ 9:15PM


Final
Missing Grandma

Adel Morales | U.S. | 2014 | Fiction | 11min

The generational gap is widened and bonds are nearly broken after Mita finds an open box of condoms in her granddaughter’s room. Harsh words are spoken and feelings are hurt, until Mita offers some awkward advice on sex.

El conflicto generacional es evidente y el entendimiento es casi nulo después que Mita encuentra un paquete de condones en la habitación de su nieta. Ambas se dicen frases ofensivas y  hieren sus sentimientos, hasta que Mirta ofrece algunos consejos incómodos sobre sexo.

QUAD 4/10 @ 9:15PM


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La noche buena / The Good Night

Alex Mallis | U.S. – Cuba | 2014 | Fiction | 17min

A young American tries to connect with a distant family acquaintance in Cuba, but only alienates himself further. The film, shot in Havana, is based on director’s personal experience.

Un Americano-cubano de segunda generación visita Cuba para reconectar con su pasado, pero lo que consigue es distanciarse aun más. El filme, rodado en La Habana, está basado en la experiencia personal del director.

QUAD 4/10 @ 9:15PM


Yo Baño
Tú. Yo. Baño. Sexo. Ahora / You. Me. Bathroom. Sex. Now

Francisco Lupini Basagoiti | Spain – Venezuela | 2015 | 17min

Three days before Christmas, Antonio finds out that his boyfriend of 8 years is cheating on him. Heartbroken, he looks for solace in his favorite dive bar where a mysterious visitor has a keen interest in him.

A tres días de Navidad, Antonio descubre que su novio de 8 años le engaña. Con el corazón destrozado, decide buscar consuelo en su bar favorite, donde un visitante inesperado demuestra un profundo interés en él.

QUAD 4/10 @ 9:15PM