2012 Cuban Film Festival

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Photo courtesy David Schnack
Pagoda Pictures

Six Thursdays, 7:00 pm
February 23 - March 29, 2012
St. Anthony Main Theatre

Curated in collaboration with ICAIC, Cuba's national film institute

Presented in partnership with
Film Society of
Minneapolis/St. Paul

St. Anthony Main Theatre
Photo courtesy Henry Giron

March 8 post-film discussion.
Photo courtesy Henry Giron

Closing night party and raffle for Cuban art
and more at Pracna on Main

All-Cuban band Cubanía: Viviana Pintado, piano & vocals;
Frank Rivery Garcia, percussion & vocals;
Gloria "La Niña" Rivera, vocals. $5 donation requested.

February 23

by Ian Padrón (2011). Cuba’s Academy Award submission (2012). Two boys pushed by social and economic differences come into conflict. Trailer (no subtitles).

March 1
Boleto al Paraíso

Ticket to Paradise, by Gerardo Chijona (2011). Goya Award nominee (2012; Spain). Disaffected youth fleeing abusive families during the “special period” as the AIDS crisis begins to loom. Trailer (no subtitles).

March 8
Nosotros, la Música

e are the Music, by Rogelio Paris (1964). Mesmerizing footage of 1960s Cuba. Trailer (no subtitles). Paired with Alabbá (2010), an exploration of the historic roots of Santería and its evolution to today. Babalawo Ofunshi Oba Koso and local dance master René Thompson will lead the post-film discussions at Pracna on Main. Press release.

March 15
En el Cuerpo Equivocado

In the Wrong Body
, by Marilyn Solaya (2010). Documentary about the first sex reassignee in Cuba, in 1988, and the campaign against homophobia. Cosponsored by Out Twin Cities Film Festival. Trailer (no subtitles).

March 22
Casa Vieja

Old House
, by Léster Hamlet (2010). ALBA opener (2012; Belgium). Stunning and timely version of a classic Cuban play. An expatriate returns to his family home and his dying father; old conflicts emerge against the backdrop of his long absence. Trailer (no subtitles).

March 29
Yo Soy, del Son a la Salsa

From Son to Salsa
, by Rigoberto López (1996). Grand Coral award (1996; Cuba). A joyous exploration of 100 years of Cuban and Caribbean music. Interviews with the great salseros! Trailer (no subtitles).

Festival sponsors: Attorneys De León & Nestor; Drs. Herman J. Milligan, Jr., and Constance Osterbaan-Milligan; Victor’s 1959 Café; Premier Latino Events’ Latin Nights at Faces; Fenelon Sanctuary; Paraiso Musical, KBEM FM; Viva Brazil!; Southside Pride; René Thompson Dance; acentos, inc., the Spanish specialist; St. Mark's Cathedral Cuba Committee. Individual supporters: Joseph F. Palen, Tom O'Connell, Suzanne Skorich, Enrique Gentzsch.