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Minnesota Cuban Film Festival opens at St. Anthony Main Theatre

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cuban film fest poster top high resPresented by the Minnesota Cuba Committee, in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the Fourth Minnesota Cuban Film Festival opens at St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main St in Minneapolis on Thursday, February 21. The festival includes a mix of new feature films and documentaries, along with two vintage classics. The films will all be accompanied by short features from Cuba's International Film School and other sources. The festival will continue each Thursday evening at 7:00 pm through March 28. The star of one of the documentaries, Cuban-American musician Victor Alvarez, will be a special guest on March 14. As in previous years, there will be a closing night party at Pracna on Main, this year with Tr3O Cubanía featuring Viviana Pintado, Gloria "la Niña" Rivera and Shai Hayo. For the other five nights of the festival, a lively conversation about the films and all things Cuban will follow the films at Pracna on Main.

All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

proximo-estreno-pelicula-cubana-marina-l--ygb0bFebruary 21

by Enrique Alvarez (2011, Cuba, 80 min.). One of Cuba's entries in fiction for the 2011 International Film Festival in Havana, a story of love and loss refracted through the coastal background of the small town of Gibara.

brigadistaFebruary 28

El Brigadista
"The Teacher," by Octavio Cortazar (1977, Cuba, 111 min.). 1978 Berlin film festival prize winner. The fictionalized story of a high school student from Havana who is part of the early '60s Literacy Brigades.

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Irremediablemente Juntos

"Hopelessly Together," by Jorge Luis Sánchez (2012, Cuba, 104 min.). One of Cuba's entries in fiction for the 2012 International Film Festival in Havana. A musical drama from the director of El Benny, with a frank take on race and class divisions and corruption.

victor-lMarch 14

One Among Thousands
by Carlos G. Meier (2009, U.S., 77 min.).
A bittersweet documentary about Santa Fe, New Mexico musician Victor Alvarez, one of the "Peter Pan" children, who revisits his Cuban homeland for the first time in 43 years. Special guest appearance by Victor Alvarez. The film will be accompanied by Omara, (1983, Cuba, 25 min.) a lush documentary about singer Omara Portuondo whom we came to know through the Buena Vista Social Club. The film was a prizewinner at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.

fabulaMarch 21

"A Fable," by Léster Hamlet (2011, Cuba/Canada, 92 min.).
Winner of the third "Coral" in fiction for the 2011 International Film Festival in Havana. A story of the contradictions of evolving Cuban society; a romance between a prostitute from a dysfunctional environment and a young man from a privileged background.

100-sones-covertpMarch 28

Los 100 Sones Cubanos
"100 Cuban 'Sones,'" by Edesio Alejandro, Rubén Consuegra, (2010, Cuba/
Dominican Republic, 81 min.). In search of authentic Cuban son, the filmmakers travel the island for the best examples of the music and its artists. The results were five Grammy-nominated CDs that became the film.

Further information on the films are available at

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