The 40th edition of Havana’s International Festival of New Latin American Cinema is on our heels. The Cuban capital will fill with movie debuts, retrospectives, exhibitions and tributes for ten intense days, from December 6th-16th. A lot of people in the capital take their vacations each year at this time.
This year’s festival will pay special tribute to the creator behind Memorias del subdesarrollo, La ultima cena and Los sobrevivientes: Tomas Gutierrez Alea, with exhibitions and seminars about his life and work, which will take place at the Casa del Festival. This edition will also feature another special tribute to Fernando Birri, an Argentinian filmmaker who passed away last December. In coordination with the International Film School of San Antonio del Los Banos, his movie Un senor muy viejo con unas alas enormes will be screened, as well as another movie made by Domenico Lucchini which is dedicated to him: Historia improbable de un angel: (auto) retrato del poeta Fernando Birri.
There are less movies on this year’s schedule if you compare it to previous years, but this will mean that the movies will have more screenings. There will be 333 films from Latin America and 44 from other countries outside the region.