After careful consideration of the fifteen selected fiction films, the jury concluded: “As jurors, we’ve been able to see filmmakers that are determined to tell their own stories and to define personal styles and aesthetics that made our job all the more interesting and challenging.”
At the Closing Night Ceremony on April 15th, 7 pm, at the New York Directors Guild Theatre, Ticket to Paradise / Boleto al paraîso by Gerardo Chijona (Cuba) won the Havana Star Prize for Best Picture in the Fiction competition, as voted by the jury members: Maria Marta Antin, Irene Blecua and Antonio Tibaldi.
Inspired by true events, Boleto al paraíso / Ticket Paradise tells the story of Eunice, a teenager running away from her father´s sexual abuse. On the road, she connects with Alejandro, a young boy who escapes to Havana after robbing a pharmacy. Together, they will search for a paradise that will change their lives.
Operation Peter Pan: Flying Back to Cuba (U.S-Cuba) by Estela Bravo won the Havana Star Prize for Best Documentary, as voted by the jury members: Rodrigo Brandao, Patricio Navia and Greta Schiller. The documentary tells the story of more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children who were sent by their parents to the U.S. between 1960 – 62 to save them from the Revolution. Fifty years later, a group of Peter Pans return to Cuba to make peace with their past.
Robatierra / Stolen Land by Margarita Martinez and Miguel Salazar (Colombia) got a Special Jury Mention as “a well researched, compelling story that takes place over decades, yet is crystalized into a concise 73 minutes. The problem of mono cultures replacing diverse ecosystems exists around the world and threatens not only the Nasa people of Colombia but also the delicate balance of ecosystems around the world,” in the Jury’s own words.
The other awards went to:
Best Director, Fabian Hofman for Te extraño / I Miss You (Argentina-Mexico). The film explores adolescence and the birth of individual identity through Javier, a 15-year-old Argentinean boy.
Best Screenplay Ex Aequo to Marina Stavenhagen and Beatriz Novaro for Viaje Redondo / Round Trip (Mexico), Two women who casually meet at the same bus stop are forced by circumstance to spend two nights together in an environment completely unknown to them. And Diana Cardozo for Te extraño / I Miss You (Argentina-Mexico).
Special Jury Mention to Los colores de la montaña / The Colours of the Mountain (Colombia-Panama), directed by Carlos Arbelaez. A group of children in the Colombian countryside try to live their daily lives without trouble despite the war surrounding them.
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Jorge Perugorría & Vladimir Cruz. 2010.
Cuba/Spain. Fiction. 87 min. U.S Premiere
Faced with emptiness and a lack of answers for many problems of the contemporary world, the main characters of this story take refuge in sex. But the result is fleeting, and the attempt has unpredictable consequences.
JORGE PERUGORRÍA & VLADIMIR CRUZ
Perugorría (Havana, 1965) is considered the most internationally recognized Cuban actor, and his work includes theatre, TV and film, where he made his debut in 1993 with the acclaimed Strawberry and Chocolate. In 2003 he began his directorial career with Habana abierta, co-directed by Arturo Sotto.
Cruz (Cuba, 1965) graduated in Scenic Arts by the Cuban Instituto Superior de Arte. After acting in theatre and TV, he made his film debut in 1993 with Strawberry and Chocolate. Since 2005 he has also worked writing scripts. Afinidades is his first film as director.
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ALUCINADOS / RIDING HIGH
Roberto Santucci. 2009.
Brazil. Fiction. 90 min. N.Y. Premiere.
Two youngsters from the slums of Rio de Janeiro kidnap a housewife from her armored car. What at first sight seems a clash between rich and poor, turns into a complex plot linking the past and present of the characters.
Best Film, Brazilian Film festival of Madrid 2008, Spain.
Best Film, Brazilian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2008, USA.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Santucci completed the Certificate Program from UCLA Extension in Film and TV in 1991 and graduated from Columbia College in Hollywood with a B.A. in Cinema (1995). His first feature film, Olé (1996), is a dark comedy about a foreigner lost in the underground Latino world of Los Angeles. In 2000 he shot Bellini and the Sphinx and began his third feature film, Alucinados, in 2008.
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BOLETO AL PARAÍSO / TICKET TO PARADISE
Gerardo Chijona. 2010.
Cuba/Spain/Venezuela. Drama. 88 min. NY Premiere
Eucine is a teenager running away from her father´s sexual abuse. On the road, she connects with Alejandro, a young boy who escapes to Havana after robbing a pharmacy. Together, they will search for a paradise that will change their lives.
TRIBUTE TO GERARDO CHIJONA
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CASA VIEJA / OLD HOUSE
Lester Hamlet. 2010.
Cuba. Fiction. 95 min. U.S Premiere.
Based on the classic Cuban piece The Old House by Abelardo Estorino, the film tells the story of Esteban, who returns home after a 14-year absence when he learns of the imminent death of his father.
Born in Havana in 1971, Lester studied Theater Direction at the Escuela de Instructores de Arte. He has also studied at the International School of Film and TV of San Antonio de los Baños and at other art institutions. He is currently working on his thesis in directing with the department of Arts and Audiovisual Communication Media at the Cuban Instituto Superior de Arte.
Museum of the Moving Image, Saturday April 9, 6:30 pm - U.S. Premiere - Q&A with Director - Buy Tickets
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COMO ESQUECER / SO HARD TO FORGET
Malu De Martino. 2010.
Brazil. Fiction. 98 min. N.Y. Premiere.
After breaking up with her girlfriend, Julia is thrown into a desperate situation. But during this process she meets Helena, who also struggles with a similar situation. Sharing the same experience of pain and solicitude, the two women become closer...
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festiva 20l0, Brazil.
32th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema 2010, Cuba.
MALU DE MARTINO
Malu De Martino graduated in Communication at the Hélio Alonso University in 1979. She studied video, lighting and editing at different New York institutions such as the Global Village New School and the New York TV Academy. She has directed and edited several cultural, institutional and documentary videos. Her first long feature film was Mulheres do Brasil (2006).
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CORAZÓN DEL TIEMPO / HEART OF TIME
Alberto Cortés. 2009.
Mexico/Spain. Fiction. 90 min. N.Y. Premiere.
In the middle of the Zapatista struggle in Chiapas, Sonia has been betrothed. But her passion for the rebel fighter Julio puts the security of her community and the rebels in jeopardy and Sonia will have to take on the struggles of love in the heart of time.
Born in Mexico City in 1952, Alberto Cortés studied film at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos, majoring in Directing and Editing in 1979. He has directed numerous feature films, documentaries, telefilms and shorts. Among them are his first documentary La tierra de los Tepehuas (1982), for which he won an Ariel, and his first feature Amor a la vuelta de la esquina (1985), followed by Ciudad de ciegos (1991) and Violeta (1997).
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EL REGRESO DE LENCHO / THE RETURN OF LENCHO
Mario Rosales. 2011.
Guatemala. Fiction. 100 min. World Premiere.
After a decade in New York, graffiti artist Lencho returns to Guatemala. Eager to bring artistic expression to his country, Lencho assembles a collective of artists to produce public art projects of social impact and organizes an art festival in a small indigenous village.
Rosales received his BA in Communication Studies from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City and moved to New York in 2002 to pursue an MFA in Media Arts Production. His thesis film, The Killing of Diogenes (2004), won best cinematography at the Cityvisions Film Festival. He is currently a Senior Editor at CUNY TV, where his show Nueva York won the NY Emmy for Best Magazine Series 2009-2010.
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GESTACIÓN / GESTATION
Esteban Ramírez. 2009.
Costa Rica. Fiction. 91 min. N.Y. Premiere.
Jessie, girl from the slums, daughter of a single mother, scholarship recipient at a conservative Catholic school and Teo, affectionate adolescent, only child of a strict professional, find themselves in the emotional whirlwind of their first love and its consequences.
Since attending the Collective Communication Science faculty at the University of Costa Rica, Ramírez has created several documentaries and fictional short films in several styles and formats. His first film Caribe (2004) reached a prominent and historic place in Costa Rican film, obtaining eight international awards. His second feature film, Gestación (2009), is an authentic phenomenon with the highest box office sales in the history of Costa Rican cinema.
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Daniel Díaz Torres. 2009.
Cuba. Fiction. 113 min. NY Premiere.
In a fictional village near a Soviet military base in 1960s Cuba, a love triangle develops and becomes a metaphor for the tense political situation of the Cold War as everyday life changes in the village and for the characters.
DANIEL DÍAZ TORRES
Daniel Díaz (Cuba, 1948) graduated in Political Science from the University of Havana. Deputy director of the Latin American ICAIC newsreel from 1975 to 1981, he is a founder of EICTV, where he has worked in various capacities. His films have been nationally and internationally acclaimed, including Alicia en el pueblo de Maravillas (1994), Quiéreme y verás (1997), Kleines Tropicana (2000) and Hacerse el sueco (2006).
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LOS COLORES DE LA MONTAÑA / THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN
Carlos César Arbeláez. 2010.
Colombia/ Panama. Fiction. 88 min. N.Y. Premiere.
One day, while playing a game of soccer, Manuel’s precious ball is kicked into a minefield. Amid the adventures and kids' games, the signs of armed conflict start to appear in the lives of the inhabitants of ‘La Pradera.
CARLOS CÉSAR ARBELÁEZ
Carlos Cesar Arbeláez holds a degree from the Communications Faculty of the University of Antioquia, and studied script writing and cinema studies at EICTV and at the ENERC. In addition to having written the screenplay for several features, Arbeláez wrote and directed the shorts La edad de hielo (1999) and La serenata (2007), the documentary El cine en casa (1999) and numerous documentaries for television. Los colores de la montaña is his first fiction feature.
Museum of the Moving Image, Friday April 8, 7:00 pm - N.Y. Premiere - Q&A with Director
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Prometeo Deportado / Deporting Prometeo
Fernando Mieles. 2010.
Ecuador/Venezuela. Fiction. 112 min. N.Y. Premiere.
A group of Ecuadorian travelers wait at an airport in the First World for a response from the immigration officials. As time passes, there are more and more Ecuadorians and the waiting unveils illusions, fears, and their real reasons of travel, mirroring a country: Ecuador.
Fernando Mieles studied film at EICTV in Cuba, where he directed many short films like Opus Nigrum. Between 2001-2006, he filmed the material that he made into his documentary Descartes (2007). Deporting Prometeo is considered the highest grossing Ecuadorian film of the year and is based on the personal experience of the director, who was deported from Madrid’s airport.
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QUE PENA TU VIDA / FUCK MY LIFE
Nicolás López. 2010.
Chile. Fiction. 94 min. N.Y. Premiere.
Javier wants to forget his ex Sofía, but it is impossible when she is always online. Getting drunk and partying seems to be the way to get over his bad luck. Or maybe not.
SXSW South by Southwest 2011, U.S.A.
32th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema 2010, Cuba.
Valdivia International Film Festival 2010, Chile.
Director, writer, producer and actor Nicolás López (Chile, 1983) made is debut with the dark teen comedy Promedio rojo (2004), a box-office hit in Chile which Tarantino declared as “the funniest movie of 2005).” In 2006 he directed Santos, la película, which gave him the Jury Prize at Fantastic Fest. Fuck my Life was the most successful film of 2010 in Chile.
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TE EXTRAÑO / I MISS YOU
Fabián Hofman. 2010.
Mexico/Argentina. Fiction. 96 min. N.Y. Premiere.
I Miss You explores adolescence and the birth of individual identity following Javier, a 15-year-old Argentinean boy who leaves his home for Mexico City burdened with the tragedy of his missing brother, a premature separation from his family and the weight of collective guilt.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1960, Hofman graduated as a photographer at the Neri Bloomfield School of Design in Haifa, Israel in 1982. Throughout his long career, he has received numerous awards, such as the Coca Cola in Science and Arts photography award and the Grant “Intercultural Film/Video.” Since 1998 he has held the position of Academic Director of the Mexican Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica and Project Chairman of new technologies in the Multimedia Department.
QUAD CINEMA, Saturday April 9, 8:50 pm - N.Y. Premiere - Q&A with Director - Buy Tickets
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Previous FilmHAVANA STAR PRIZE
VIAJE REDONDO / ROUND TRIP
Gerardo Tort. 2009. Mexico.
Fiction. 102 min. N.Y. Premiere.
Two women who casually meet at the same bus stop are forced by circumstance to spend two nights together in an environment completely unknown to them. Despite their differences, they create bonds of sympathy, tenderness and friendship.
Gerardo Tort (Mexico, 1958) studied film at the Ibero-American University. For 15 years he has worked in the film industry and director and producer of commercials. He is the director of the features Streeters (2001), which won 11 Ariel awards (the Mexican equivalent of the Oscars), and 13 latidos de amor (2006). His short film The Departure (2003) was selected by Critic’s Week at Cannes Film Festival.
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HAVANA STAR PRIZE Next Film
Araceli Santana. Mexico. 2010.
Documentary. 70 min. U.S. Premiere
Since childhood, Jorge’s homosexuality had created a conflict that ended when he moved away from the precepts of his religion. But the counsel of a priest reconciles him with his faith and leads him to head a church that brings gays closer to a God who promotes responsibility and awareness of their freedom.
Born in Mexico City, Araceli Santana studied Business Administration at the University of Las Américas, and holds an MA in Literary Appreciation and Creation from the Casa Lam Culture Centre. She is a member of the General Association of Writers of Mexico (SOGEM) and the Mexican Association of Directors and Makers of Audiovisual Works. She is currently preparing her next full-length documentary project.
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INTERACTIVO, LA PELÍCULA / INTERACTIVO, THE MOVIE
Tané Martínez. 2011.
Cuba/Usa. Documentary. 72 min. World Premiere.
Film in Competition.
Interactivo is a Cuban band led by Roberto Carcassés. The launch of its new album "Cubans around the World" drives the story as we journey with their members through a profound meditation on migration, freedom, and Cuban music.
Director and editor Tané Martínez (1981, Cuba) studied acting at the Cuban Escuela Nacional de Arte and filmmaking at Mexico’s Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. She is the director of the documentaries Paquete familiar (2004) and Tengo lo que tenía que tener (2008) and the short film Malos días mi amor (2005).
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NEWEN MAPUCHE: LA FUERZA DE LA GENTE DE LA TIERRA
NEWEN MAPUCHE, THE FORCE OF THE PEOPLE FROM THE LAND
Elena Varela. 2011.
Chile. Documentary. 124 min. U.S. Premiere.
Filmmaker Elena Varela embarks on an investigation with one purpose: to tell the story of the last 10 years of struggle of the Mapuche community. After the police detain her and confiscate her film material, the filmmaker now narrates the story from her own experience.
Festival Internacional de documentales de México DF DOCDF
Festival Internacional de cine de Viña del Mar Festival
Rencontres de Cine Latinoamericano de Toulouse
Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico
ELENA VARELA LÓPEZ
Filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, composer, and culture manager, Elena Varela is a graduate of music from the University of Chile and film and journalism in ARCIS University. She is currently the director of the art, film and audiovisual creation department of the Chilean production company OjoFilms. Her work includes the documentaries Miradas del Sur, Zula Zomo Ñuque Mapu and Tres mujeres y la madre tierra.
QUAD CINEMA, Saturday April 9, 3:00 pm - U.S. Premiere - Q&A with Director - Buy Tickets
LA SALSA CUBANA
Eric Johnson & Sarita Streng. 2011.
USA/Cuba. Documentary. 81min. World Premiere.
A true story about Cuban salsa dancing, the film follows a dance group from Havana striving to win the national dance competition. Enter a world of vibrant dancing, fascinating relationships, wonderful music, and colorful imagery.
ERIC JOSEPH & SARITA STRENG
After receiving engineering degrees from UC Berkeley and Stanford, in 2003 Johnson moved to Cuba to study dance at the Instituto Superior de Arte. He is currently the director and choreographer of the performing dance group Rueda San Diego and teaches Cuban dance at the University of California. Streng has an M.A. in Dance from UCLA and has taught dance at various community colleges in California and at the University of New Mexico. She currently runs the Community Dance Program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
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LOS ROSTROS DETRÁS DE LAS MUÑECAS / THE FACES BEHIND MADAME ALEXANDER DOLLS
Freddy Vargas. 2010.
EEUU/Dominican Republic. Documentary. 60 min. World Premiere.
This documentary is a tribute to the Dominican and Latin American workers who have worked in the famous doll factory at The Madame Alexander Doll Company, Inc., dedicating their lives to providing happiness to people around the world since 1923.
Freddy Vargas (Dominican Republic) studied film at St. John's University, where he won multiple awards for his shorts Uptown (1994) and Víctor (1995). Since graduating, he has directed, produced, and written multiple award-winning films. His screenplay for Hispaniola (2007) won the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition, which awarded him $15,000 to produce the film. Currently, he is developing his fiction film debut Pinchos y Rolos, a musical comedy, from the 2008 short of the same title.
El Museo del Barrio, Wednesday April 6, 6:30 pm - Q&A with Director
OPERATION PETER PAN: FLYING BACK TO CUBA / OPERACIÓN PETER PAN: CERRANDO EL CÍRCULO EN CUBA
Estela Bravo. 2010.
USA/Cuba. Documentary. 57 min. U.S. Premiere
Between 1960-1962 more than 14.000 unaccompanied Cuban children were sent by their parents to the US to "save them from the Revolution", in an Operation by the State Department called Peter Pan. 50 years later, a group of Peter Pans return to Cuba to make peace with their past.
Coral Award for Best Documentary of a Non Latin American Filmmaker, 32th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema 2010, Havana.
For the last 40 years Estela Bravo's 30 award winning films on Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the US focus on the victims (especially children) of unjustice, poverty and war. Some of her most outstanding films are Missing Children (1985), Holy Father and Gloria (1987), The Cuban Excludables (1994), Fidel (2002) and Who am I? (2007).
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Previous FilmHAVANA STAR PRIZE
ROBATIERRA / STOLEN LAND
Margarita Martínez & Miguel Salazar. 2010.
Colombia. Documentary. 73 min. N.Y. Premiere.
This riveting documentary illustrates the decades-long, often violent resistance movement of the indigenous Nasa people of Colombia over rights to their native land stolen from their ancestors.
MARGARITA MARTÍNEZ & MIGUEL SALAZAR
Born in Colombia, Martínez studied law and earned masters degrees in journalism and international affairs from Columbia University. She got her start at NBC in New York in 1998 and covered Colombia’s civil conflict for the Associated Press for 7 years. Her documentary depicting Medellín street gangs, La Sierra (2005), won numerous awards. She is about to complete Sniffing the Rainforest.
Born in Colombia, Salazar has a masters’ degree in film from NYU. He is the producer and director of the Martillo, Best Short Fiction Film at the Cartagena International Film Festival. Currently, Salazar is co-directing Looking for Colombia about the siege of the Palace of Justice by the M19 guerrillas in 1985.
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An internationally renowned film editor from Spain, Blecua studied Sound and Image at the Instituto Politécnico San Ignacio. She also studied at University of California, Los Angeles and New York University. She recently edited Tres metros sobre el cielo by Fernando González Molina, which became the highest-grossing Spanish film of 2010. She also worked with Isabel Coixet on the films Map of the Sounds of Tokyo and The Secret Life of Words, as well as the documentary Viaje al corazón de la tortura.
María Marta Antin
An architect who studied at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Antin also holds a Master’s Degree in Communications Management from Austral University. She heads the communications department for the Universidad del Cine, where she is responsible for the promotion of the University’s productions both locally and abroad. She is also the director of the Buenos Aires Talent Campus, an event organized in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI).
Born in Australia and raised in Europe, Tibaldi has directed five feature films: On My Own, Correre Contro (Running Against), Little Boy Blue, Claudine’s Return, Lupomannaro. For the past seven years, he has collaborated with United Nations’ Dept. of Public Information, making documentaries in remote parts of the world to shed light and raise awareness on some of the most under-reported realities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He teaches Film and Video at City College, New York.
Schiller is an independent award-winning director and producer of documentaries for television and film. Her career was launched in 1984 with the theatrical release and PBS broadcast of her first feature documentary film, Before Stonewall. Now considered a classic, the film won two Emmy Awards. Her highly acclaimed feature-length documentary, Paris Was a Woman, premiered at the London and Berlin Film Festivals and won many awards. It was released theatrically in the U.S., Germany, Spain and Great Britain, breaking house records in several cities. She is co-founder of Jezebel Productions, based in London and New York.
Navia, a teacher of global cultures in New York University’s (NYU) Liberal Studies Program and adjunct assistant professor at their Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, is also an Associate Professor at the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales at Chile’s Universidad Diego Portales. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from NYU and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and wrote Chilean bestsellers El discolo, Conversaciones con Marco Enríquez-Ominami (2009); Que gane el más mejor: Mérito y Competencia en el Chile de hoy (co-authored with Eduardo Engel (2006), and Las grandes alamedas: El Chile post Pinochet (2004).
Director of Publicity at Kino Lorber Inc, Brandao is also the editor of BrazilNYC.com, a blog focused on Brazilian culture and events in New York City. He has taught workshops on film publicity and distribution for Raindance New York, the Brazilian Film Festival in Miami and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) in Ithaca, NY. He also blogs for FLEFF's Latin American Spaces.