Running April 16-23, the 11th edition of the Havana Film Festival New York closed with its first ‘Havana Star’ awards ceremony and a screening of the documentary Eso Que Andan (Van Van Fever). Highlights of this year’s festival included the first Cuban delegation to attend in many years, a multi-screening salute to Cuban filmmaker Erique Pineda Barnet, and a competition slate of 15 films from Cuba, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
In New York’s Times Square, every night this past week at 11:50 p.m., a new element has been added to the usual urban mix: a giant wrecking ball bouncing off the cylindrical, eight-story tower of the NASDAQ building at 43rd Street and Broadway. For ten minutes, the ball smashes against the building repeatedly—only to vanish at midnight.
The Cuban independent cinema has produced its first full-length fiction film: Chamaco, by director Juan Carlos Cremata. Inexpensive digital technology has made it possible to seriously address otherwise overlooked topics, such as the marginalized world of homosexuality and male chauvinism, and bring them to the big screen--South Florida included.