Worcester’s Latino Film Festival 2017
Worcester’s Latino Film Festival returns in 2017 for its 21st edition! The Festival will be held Saturday April 8-Sunday April 9 in Jefferson Academic Center 320.
IMMIGRATION – Saturday, April 8, 3PM
ART & CULTURE, INBOUND AND OUTBOUND – Sunday, April 9, 3PM
AND THE FILMS:
TODOS SE VAN (Everybody Leaves) (Cuba 2015; NR)
Saturday April 8 @ 12:30PM.
The movie is based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Cuban writer Wendy Guerra, which has been translated into five languages. Nieve, an eight year old Cuban girl, is involved in the struggle of her parents to get her custody. Eva is her mother, an artist who believes in the revolution without censorship or authoritarianism. She is remarried to Dan, a Swede who works in the construction of a nuclear plant. Manuel is her father, a playwright who sacrifices himself to writing puppet theater plays in a remote area of the country. This story is a celebration of freedom and a confrontation against authority that takes place in the ’80s, in the midst of one of the worst economic crisis in Cuba.
100 min. Subtitles.
“Loaded with powerful imagery that illustrates the frustration of coming face to face with a repressive government, and the unequivocal need to remain complacent in spite of the absurdity… this sensation of living between the prohibited and the obligatory is Guerra’s ultimate story, and one that makes Everybody Leaves a film worth watching”-Miami New Times.
Direction: Sergio Cabrera; Screenplay: Sergio Cabrera, Wendy Guerra, Ramon Jimeno, Laura Martel
BARACOA, 500 ANOS DESPUES (Baracoa. 500 Years Later) (Cuba/Spain 2010; NR)
Saturday April 8 @ 7PM.
Baracoa is a small town which was Cuba’s first capital. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, it is immersed in its own legend as it prepares to celebrate its 500th anniversary; and it is also immersed in the continuing work and dreams of its people. Isolated from the rest of the island, Baracoa is peculiar in its geography, its history, and the spirit of its current inhabitants. This film is about them.
61 min. Subtitles.
“There are no interviews in the documentary…characters simply live their lives in front of the camera…They weave a vital mosaic that is a biography of the island…They give a life lesson to those who believe that possessions are all that matters. The aim is to show how people live there, how is it possible to have a life where values are still important and be happy with so little… Baracoa. 500 Years Later is a tribute to those who think that is not happier the one who has more, but the one who loves what he/she has.” – Rocío García, EL PAÍS
Direction: Mauricio Vicent
LOOKING FOR FIDEL (Spain/USA 2003; NR)
Sunday April 9 @ 12PM.
A political documentary film by American director Oliver Stone. In the film, Stone interviews Cuban leader Fidel Castro on a diverse range of topics. Stone and his film crew visited Castro in Cuba for three days in 2002, and the film was released in 2003, having its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival early that year.
99 min. English and Subtitles.
Direction: Oliver Stone.
VESTIDO DE NOVIA (His Wedding Dress) (Cuba/Spain 2014; NR)
Sunday April 9 @ 4PM.
In 90’s Havana, a nurse and a home builder hopelessly in love and live happily married. But a circumstantial fact of her past life will put their feelings to the test and undermine their most elemental principles.
100 min. Subtitles.
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER, BEST FILM, HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL 2014
“A film in which a love story becomes a discourse on the nation; it goes from the minimum to the macro….[director Marilyn Solaya] does not support discourses of tolerance, she knows that the one who “tolerates” and the one who is “tolerated” mark a relationship of power; she does not sugar-coat it; she is not complacent…. She demands respect, diversity, and love above all absurd social pressures that only generate double lives or perhaps amputated lives” ” – Repeating Islands.
Direction and screenplay: Marilyn Solaya.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: ROBERTO DIAZ, (508) 798-1900×237