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9 Fiction Films Chosen for 2018 Havana Star Prize

Apr 8, 2018 | Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Nine films compete for the ninth annual Havana Star Prize. From late-life love stories to teenage hi-jinx to friendships that cross decades, countries, and even planets- these are stories that stick with you.
EL ÚLTIMO TRAJE / THE LAST SUIT
Pablo Solarz | Spain-Argentina | 2017 | 86min
A critically acclaimed exploration of Argentina’s Jewish diaspora and the effects of the Holocaust 60 years later, Pablo Solarz’s charming, funny and notably poignant film reminds us of the human relationships forged in times of tragedy.

MATAR A JÉSUS  

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 KILLING JESUS

Laura Mora | Colombia-Argentina | 2017 | Fiction | 100min
Inspired by the director’s own personal tragedy, this sincere and insightful tale of revenge follows a young woman as she embarks on a mission to find the man who killed her father.

LOS BUENOS DEMONIOS  

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 THE GOOD DEMONS

Gerardo Chijona | Cuba-Spain | 2017 | 88min
A hilarious dark comedy about a modern day Robin Hood (if Robin Hood were a serial killer…) starring some of Cuba’s biggest names including Carlos Enrique Almirante, Isabel Santos, Enrique Molina & Vladimir Curz.
LA NOVIA DEL DESIERTO / THE DESERT BRIDE
Cecilia Atán & Valeria Pivato | Argentina-Chile | 2017 | 78min
A delicate tale about the empowerment of a woman who has lived her whole life in the shadow of others, The Hollywood Reporter calls The Desert Bride “a captivating two-hander, as soothing as a desert breeze.”
JOAQUIM
Marcelo Gomes | Brazil | 2017 | 97min
Renowned director Marcelo Gomes explores the life and times of revolutionary Brazilian abolitionist and martyr “Tiradentes” (Joaquim José da Silva Xavier) in this ambitious historical epic, a sweaty, dusty and stunning cinematic journey into colonial Brazil on the brink of independence.
LOS PERROS
Marcela Said | Chile | 2017 | 94min
Screened at Cannes’ 56th Critics’ Week, Marcela Said’s second feature centers on the complex and compelling figure of Mariana as she dives into the brutal legacy of the Pinochet era through an affair with an older man.
BX3M
Judith Escalona | USA | 2016 | 103min
Latin filmmaker Judith Escalona weaves an action-packed tale of three NY teens. For Maria and Mona, graduation means fulfilling a dream. For Michael, it means dashing all hope of a better future. You either make the grade or you don’t- in academics or love- and that makes all the difference.
LOS BUSCADORES / THE GOLD SEEKERS
Juan Carlos Maneglia & Tana Schémbori | Paraguay | 2017 | 102min
Following the success of their highly acclaimed debut
7 cajas, Paraguayan directors Maneglia & Schémbori return with Los buscadores, a hilarious high-action comedy about two young boys searching for a buried treasure.

SERGIO & SERGUEÍ  

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 SERGIO & SERGEI

Ernesto Daranas | Spain-Cuba-USA | 2017 | 93min
This is the true story of a Russian cosmonaut trapped in space during the fall of the USSR, and his unlikely friendship with the Cuban philosophy professor who sets out to save him.




Preview New NYC Taíno Exhibition July 24

The Indigenous peoples of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean are not extinct and they never were. “Todavía estamos aquí (we are still here)”: this is the powerful message of the modern Taíno movement and the foundation of “Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean,” a new exhibition presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center. It opens Saturday, July 28, at the museum’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York.

GIRL SCOUTS OF GREATER NEW YORK TROOP 6000 NOW SERVING MORE THAN 500 GIRLS AND WOMEN ACROSS FIVE BOROUGHS

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