In person and on film, musician/composer Chucho Valdés was a fixture of this year’s Havana Film Festival New York, as Cuban films took many top Havana Star Prizes. Nadine Covert has the wrap-up on the 18th HFFNY.
Now in its 18th year, the Havana Film Festival New York brings a broad selection of features, short films, and documentaries to the city’s moviegoers—and a panoramic look at contemporary Cuban cinema for anyone interested in filmmaking on the island.
Angela Valella opens in Miami, a long-awaited San Alejandro reunion takes place in South Florida, Enrique Martínez Celaya opens in New York, and Cuban photography comes to the AIPAD show. A Yiddish-Cuban opera premieres in Havana, the play 10 Million comes to New York, and the Havana New York Film Festival kicks off with a preview and party in the Bronx.
Consuelo Castañeda opens her first show in Cuba in almost 30 years, Rafael Domenech curates an exploration of domestic life in North Miami, and The-Merger solos in Tenerife. Photographer Eduardo García is a Magnum Award finalist, and a restored Memories of Underdevelopment screens at the New York Film Festival.