Program Schedule

Films
Tribute
Panels & Special Events
Tickets
Festival Passes
Press Room
Venues
Festival Sponsors
Hotel Accomodations
Contact Us
TRIBUTE TO TOMAS GUTIERREZ ALEA
Mon. April 24 6:00 pm
Panel

On the 10thanniversary of his death,Mirta Ibarra, Alea wife and actress, and Sandra Levinson, founder and executive director, Center for Cuban Studies and Alea friend,discuss the life of one of the most influential filmmakers in the world, known for being a master at infusing historical and contemporary stories with politically pointed commentary and a satirical twist. Moderated by Jerry Carlson, professor of film studies at City College of NYand a producer at CUNY TV.Reception follows.

Screenings
HASTA CIERTO PUNTO / UP TO A CERTAIN POINT
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Cuba, 1983, 35mm, 88 min.
A theater director falls for a female worker from the Havana docks, but his machismo, social and working conflicts, and the Cuban woman’s condition interfere with their relationship. Un director de teatro se enamora de una trabajadora del Puerto, pero su machismo, los conflictos sociales y laborales, y las condiciones de la mujer cubana interfieren con la relación. Best film, actress and director at Havana Film Festival, Cuba; Best Film at Damascus Film Fest
QUAD CINEMA 4/21 @ 1:00pm

LA ÚLTIMA CENA / THE LAST SUPPER
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Cuba, 1976, 35mm, 120 min.
During Holy Week, at the end of the eighteenth century, a count visits his Havana sugar mill on a day a slave has run away. The count holds a dinner for twelve of his slaves in order to convince them that happiness is possible in captivity. When the slaves later rebel against the count’s cruel overseer, the count must take sides. Durante la Semana santa a finales del siglo XVIII, un conde visita su ingenio azucarero el mismo día que se ha escapado un esclavo. El conde prepara una cena para doce de sus esclavos porque quiere convencerles que la felicidad también es posible en cautiverio. Pero después, cuando los esclavos se rebelan contra el cruel capataz, el conde tendrá que tomar partido. Best Feature Film at Huelva Film Festival, Spain; Audience Award at Sao Paulo Film Festival, Brazil QUAD CINEMA 4/21 @ 3:00pm

MUERTE DE UN BUROCRATA / DEATH OF A BUREAUCRAT
Tomás Gutierrez Alea Cuba, 1966, 35mm 85 min.
In this hilarious tale of the ludicrousness of bureaucracy, a revolutionary is accidentally killed by a machine he invents to honor his hero, Jose Martí. To honor the dead man’s communist loyalties, his family buries him holding his union card. But what happens when the card is needed for the deceased’s widow to collect his pension. En esta historia de humor negro sobre la burocracia, un revolucionario muere accidentalmente al fallar la máquina que inventó para honrar a su héroe, Jose Martí. Su familia decide enterrarlo con su tarjeta de unión, el símbolo de su fidelidad comunista; pero qué sucede cuando la tarjeta es necesaria para que la viuda del difunto reciba su pensión.
Jury Special Prize at Karlovy Film Festival, Prague
QUAD CINEMA 4/21 @ 5:15pm

GUANTANAMERA
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Cuba/Spain, 1995, 35mm, 101 min.
When Aunt Yoyita dies during a visit to Gina in Guantánamo, Gina, along with Yoyita’s childhood sweetheart, the aging Cándido, must take the body to Havana. Gina’s undertaker husband Adolfo, eager to experiment with a “communist” way of tranporting the body, takes charge of the journey. Cuando tia Yoyita muere durante una visita a Gina en Guantánamo, Gina y el amante de Yoyita, el viejo Cándido, se encargan de llevar el cadaver a La Habana. El esposo de Gina, un agente funerario, está loco por demostrar los métodos de transporte “comunistas” y se hace cargo del viaje. Latin America Cinema Award - Honorable Mention at Sundance Film Festival, Second Coral at Havana Film Festival.
MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE 4/22 @ 6:30pm
QUAD CINEMA 4/24 @ 3:00pm

MEMORIAS DEL SUBDESARROLLO / MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Cuba, 1968, 35mm, B&W, 97 min.
Based on the reflections of novelist Edmundo Desnoes, this masterpiece of reason and irony is the story of a well-off writer who decides not to flee with his friends to the U.S. As a result, he is able to reflect upon the early days of post-revolutionary Cuba and the contradictions of bourgeois society. Basada en las reflexiones del novelista Edmundo Desnoes, esta obra maestra de la razón y de la ironía cuenta la historia de un escritor que decide no huir con sus amigos a los E.E.U.U. Por eso, él puede reflejar sobre los días tempranos de la Cuba posrevolucionaria y las contradicciones de la sociedad bourguesa.
Won several awards and was Included as one of the 100 greatest movies
MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE 4/23 @ 6:30pm

FRESA Y CHOCOLATE / STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE
Tomás Gutierrez Alea Cuba, 1993, 35mm, 110 min.
Diego, a cultivated, openly gay man, falls in love with a young heterosexual communist full of prejudice and dogma. What begins with repulsion and rejection, turns into a friendship between two men; a friendship surpassing ignorance and homophobia. Diego, un hombre cultivado y abiertamente gay, se enamora de un joven comunista heterosexual lleno de prejucios y dogmas. Lo que comienza con la repulsión y el rechazo, se convierte en una amistad entre dos hombres, que supera la ignorancia y la homofobia. Oscar Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Picture at Berlin Film Fest, Gramado Film Fest, Best picture, screenplay, actress at Havana Film Festival; Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival
QUAD CINEMA 4/26 @ 5:00pm
Actress Mirtha Ibarra Present

HOMAGE TO ESCUELA INTERNACIONAL DE CINE Y TELEVISION (EICTV), San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.
Founded by Gabriel García Márquez, Fernando Birri and Julio García Espinosa, the most influential film school in Latin American celebrates its 20thanniversary.

Sun. April 23 Screening 4:00 pm
A presentation by Fernando Birri of four award-winning short films by recent EICTV students and graduates (90 min)
Al otro lado del mar dir. Patricia Ortega (Venezuela) 2005, 35mm (12 min)
Ernesto, mi amigo dir. Jakov Dakovic (Yugoslavia) 1998 (15 min) documentary
Gente que llora dir. Hatem Khraiche Ruiz-Zorrilla (Spain) 2001, 35mm (16 min)
Kung Fu dir. Onaje Lataillade (U.S.) 2003 (15 min) documentary

Tues. April 25 Panel 5:00 pm
A conversation with award-winning filmmaker Fernando Birri, first director of EICTV; Marketta Kimbrell, professor of film and television at NYU; Walter Bernstein, award-winning screenwriter and former EICTV instructor, Carlos Peralta and Sandra Billich, former EICTV students, and others. Moderated by Sandy Lieberson, Chairman of Film London.

Tues. April 25 Special Screening 6:00 pm ZA 2005, THE OLD AND THE NEW US Premiere
Fernando Birri, Argentina/Cuba, 2005, (70 min)
A tribute to legendary vanguard, Cesare Zavattini, poet and screenwriter of the Italian neorrealist cinema, Za 2005 includes sequences from some of the best EICTV student theses films of the past two decades.