Havana New York Film Festival tribute to Cuban Enrique Pineda Barnet
The New York Havana Film Festival, to present this year over 40 movies and documentaries from 14 countries, will render tribute to Cuban filmmaker and playwright Enrique Pineda Barnet, the organization mentioned.
In his over 40 years of work in the cinema, Pineda Barnet has shot, among others, Cosmorama (1964), considered the forerunner of the contemporary video-art movement and which is part of the permanent collection of the Queen Sofia Center in Madrid.
He also shot La bella de la Alambra, granted the Goya award to the best foreign film in 1990, and La anunciación (1989), his most recent film, on the reunion of a Cuban family divided because of geographical distances.
Pineda Barnet, 75 and to arrive to New York on April 13, has in his long film career titles such as Soy Cuba (1964) –in which he worked as a scriptwriter-, Giselle (1965), Mella (1976) and Tiempo de amar (1983).
Memorias del desarrollo, premiered at the Sundance Festival last January and directed by Miguel Coyula –who told Efe that this film “is very polemic” and politically “aggressive”- will be among the Cuban films to be exhibited in this 11th edition of the Festival, to be held from April 16 – 23.
This film is an adaptation of the Edmundo Desnoes’ homonymous novel on the vicissitudes of an exiled Cuban intellectual, and is the aftereffect of Memorias del subdesarrollo, premiered in 1968. For the first time this year, the Festival will grant the Havana Star Award to acknowledge the work of contemporary filmmakers in the categories of Best Film, Director and Script among the 15 films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
A jury, composed of producers Michael Hausman and Sandy Lieberson, and director Louis Perego, president of the National Association of Independent Producers, will select the winners of the award, consisting on a starfish statuette designed by Cuban artist Yoan Capote.
In addition to the countries mentioned, El Salvador, Peru, the United States and Uruguay will also participate in this year’s Festival.
A total of 26 filmmakers will attend the event, which will include films on artistic disciplines such as music and dance. Among these, Giselle, by Pineda Barnet, on the ballet dance of the same name which celebrates the 90th anniversary of Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso.
Also, El extraordinario viaje de Fernando Bujones, by Israel Rodríguez, on the life of the ballet dancer, and the documentary Mundo alas, of Argentinean singer León Gieco, who, with this project, makes his debut as director of a film on a group of differently-able artists touring Argentina.
The Festival also counts on the series of Latin American Film for children, which will offer kids from two to five years old four short-length films from Colombia, El Salvador and Spain. The organizers additionally emphasized that this year, for the first time, they joined the Mexico-USA Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the bicentenary of the Mexican independence and the centenary of its revolution, with the exhibition of 26 short-length films directed by five of the most renowned Mexican animation directors.
Among the events being held as part of the Festival, there will be a forum entitled Film business: Latin American – the United States, which includes economic and legal aspects of development, financing, production and film distribution. This forum, as well as several films, will be free of charge to the public. The Festival will be opened with the national premiere of the Brazilian film Verónica at the Quad Cinema.
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