What a thrill to be in New York City
for the Havana Film
Festival New York 2021 - Celebrating Latin American Cinema since 2000!
Beginning with the Opening Night Film, Memories of My
Father/El Olvido Que Seremos, directed by Oscar-award
winning Director Fernando Trueba with actor Javier
Cámara based on the true story of Colombian human rights activist
Héctor Abad Gómez, the festival has a plethora of impactful
films. The Havana Film Festival New York 2021 runs until November 11, 2021.
Memories of My Father
El Olvido Que Seremos
We love watching well-crafted films
that tell engaging stories that draw us in and keep us on the edge of our seats
to see how the film will progress. What is special about film festivals is that
they provide film buffs with the opportunity to experience a selection of
well-crafted curated films shown for a brief period. It also provides the
opportunity to attend Q&A with filmmakers, directors, and actors, as well
connect with other film buffs to discuss the films. It also provides the
opportunity to see film premieres in advance of general theater screenings.
Since 2000, the Havana Film
Festival New York has sought out the best films from Latin American countries.
Truly an international film festival, for 2021 they have film entries from Argentina,
Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru,
Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States. From November 5
- 11, 2021, the Havana Film Festival New York 2021 has an amazing selection of
(32) film screenings. If you love watching films the old-fashioned way (in a
theater rather than at home), which we do, the Havana Film Festival New York
2021 should be on your radar to attend.
Debra C. Argen on Red Carpet
Havana Film Festival New York 2021
We attended Opening Night on Friday,
November 5, 2021, of the Havana Film Festival New York held at the beautiful Village
East Cinema (181-189 2nd Avenue, New York City), built between
1925-1926 by Louis Jaffe, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The film festival opened with a powerful,
impactful, and heartfelt film from Colombia, Memories of My
Father/El Olvido Que Seremos, directed by Oscar-award winning
Director Fernando Trueba, with actor Javier Cámara,
based on the life of renowned Colombian medical doctor and human rights
activist Héctor Abad Gómez. The film is based
on the book by Héctor Abad Gómez's son, Héctor Abad Faciolince.
Running 136 minutes, the film is a
love story about Héctor Abad Gómez; his love for his family - his wife, his daughters,
and his only son, but it is also about his love for the people of Medellín,
Colombia. The film tells the story of the family, their love, their joy, and
their struggles and challenges during the violence ridden 1970s until his
ultimate assassination in 1987.
Question & Answer Session
Actress Kika Child, Author Héctor Abad Faciolince,
Moderator Fernando Travesi
Making its premiere at the Havana
Film Festival New York 2021, Director Fernando Trueba, and the amazing cast, including
Javier Cámara as Héctor Abad Gómez, deliver a film that must be seen. While the
dialogue and acting deftly and lovingly tell the story, the cinematography also
tells the story through the eye of the lens. Shot in color for the first part
of the film denoting the past and happier times for the family, the
cinematographer shot the second part of the film in black and white to note the
starkness and the bleakness of the tragic later years. Memories of My
Father/El Olvido Que Seremos is a film that touches the heart with its
pain, its poignancy, but most of all, for the love that resonates throughout
offering hope and joy for the future. Bravo! Following the film
screening there was an interesting Q&A with the author Héctor Abad Faciolince
moderated by Fernando Travesi.
As it was Opening Night of the film
festival, there was an Opening Night Party at the Ideal Glass Studios featuring
the music of Cuban composer, arranger, and Latin jazz pianist Dayramir
González with guest singer and artist Willard Morgan. Cuban food
and Ron Barceló aged rum from the Dominican added to the overall festivities,
making it a perfect "first night."
The Havana Film Festival New York
runs until November 11, 2021.
Until next time, keep enjoying and
supporting the arts!
About the Havana Film Festival
"After a year and a half of
social distancing and online entertainment, the Havana Film Festival New York
(HFFNY) is returning to in-person events at the Village East Cinema (181-189
2nd Ave, NYC) November 5-11, 2021. The way New York fought this devastating
pandemic demonstrated the value of collaboration and collectively recognizing
the importance of everything that makes us a community; from the city's
healthcare system and essential workers, through its economic conditions and
art enterprises. From our front as a premier cultural event celebrating the
multitude of cinematic voices of Latin America and the Caribbean, we see art as
an essential part of the strength of our communities. And we hope you do as
"In its 21st edition, the
festival will showcase films from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala,
Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the U.S, offering a cinematic window into
the multiple perspectives that make up the Latin American diaspora and
fostering an environment for industry professionals, film lovers, and Latinos
to enrich and expand their vision of Latino culture. Filmmakers will join us in
person to introduce audiences to their stories, interpretations, and approaches
to the art of making movies. We are partnering with small, independently owned
bars, restaurants, and gallery spaces in the neighborhood to join us in
celebrating Latin American stories and the region's cultural presence in NYC.
Two major focuses of this year's festival are diversity and community, and a
clear message to our audience to support local business."
"HFFNY continues to uphold the
reputation for which it is known enriching and expanding the vision of Cuban
and Latino culture in the United States. The films chosen each year reflect
strong cultural and social identities rooted in their respective countries. The
festival offers our audience the opportunity to see award-winning full-length
feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics as well as new
independent films rarely screened in the U.S. HFFNY has paid tribute to some of
the most important directors and actors including: Fernando Birri (Argentina),
Eliseo Subiela (Argentina), Walter Salles (Brazil), Silvio Caiozzi (Chile), Victor
Gaviria (Colombia), Humberto Solas (Cuba), Juan Carlos Tabio (Cuba), Luis
Alberto Garcia (Cuba), Jorge Perugorría (Cuba), Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (Cuba),
Senel Paz (Cuba), Arturo Ripstein (Mexico), Jacobo Morales (Puerto Rico), and
Estela Bravo (U.S.)."
"We continue forging a close
relationship with our community, providing a multi-cultural experience to
different age groups. Our special events, including retrospectives and panel
discussions with notable local and international directors, actors, and producers,
provide our audience with educational opportunities as well as a
behind-the-scenes look at an industry that continues to gain recognition on a
global level. By collaborating with other institutions and festivals, HFFNY is
able to bring to NY the work of the most dynamic international Latino
For more information and tickets
for the Havana Film Festival New York, please visit their website: https://hffny.com/2021/
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