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Cuban Film Festival
March 10 - March 16$10
See one or all six Cuban films during this festival at the Hippodrome Cinema!
Sunday, March 10 at 5:00 pm: Fresa Y Chocolate
In 1979, flamboyant gay artist Diego (Jorge Perugorria) attempts to seduce the straight and strait-laced David (Vladimir Cruz), and idealistic young communist, and fails dismally. But David conspires to be “friends” with Diego so he can monitor the artist’s subversive life fr the state. As Diego and David discuss politics, individuality and personal expression in Castro’s Cuba, a genuine friendship develops between the two. Can it last in such an oppressive environment?
Esterio Segura’s art is in the film and he will be have a short statement before the film. The topic of his pieces differed from the reality of Cuban in the early nineties. Segura’s pieces were his final project at ISA .
“Another group eventually became very popular thanks to the Cuban film Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate), where they appear as the work—which was branded as “being imbued with ideological problems” by a dogmatic discourse—of a friend of one of the protagonists.”
Monday, March 11 at 7:00 pm: Guantanamera
While visiting the small town of Guantanamo, the famous singer Yoyita (Conchita Brando) dies unexpectedly while reminiscing with her old flame, Candido (Raul Eguren). When Yoyita’s niece, Georgina (Mirta Ibarra), makes plans for a funeral in Havana, her undertaker husband (Carlos Cruz) uses the opportunity to implement his gas- and money-saving coffin transportation scheme across Cuba. The trip results in misadventures, black-market dealings and insights into life and politics in Cuba. -Google Reviews
Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm: Emilia
EMILIA recounts a little known and very significant episode in Cuban American history, the creation of Cuba’s national symbols in New York during the first independence struggles against Spain; and the meaning of the flag as a symbol for all Cubans. EMILIA was the first woman deported from Cuba for political insurgency and the woman who sewed the first Cuban national flag in 1850 in New York.
Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 pm: El Cuerno de la Abundancia (Horn of Plenty)
An unclaimed fortune that has grown for centuries in a British bank account becomes a potential windfall for Bernadito Castineiras (Jorge Perugorria) and the residents of the tiny village of Yaraguey, Cuba. to receive his massive inheritance check, Bernatdito must prove his lineage to the Casineiras nuns who first populated the region.
Friday, March 15 at 7:30 pm: José Martí el ojo del Canario
This film focuses on the early years of famed Cuban revolutionary hero Jose Marti, a man who left a profound mark on Cuba’s history. Jose Marti experiences injustices under the Spanish colonial rulers while navigating personal conflict with is father. Director Fernando Perez, delves into the simple yet complex nuances of everyday life which helped mold Marti’s character.
Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 pm: Conducta (Behavior)
Chala develops a strong bond with his teacher, and they fight the system together when his new teacher wants to send him to a re-education center.
Movie tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased through the Hippodrome Box Office, https://tickets.thehipp.org/TheatreManager/1/login&venue=2