The Minnesota Cuba Committee, in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), presents the 9th edition of the Minnesota Cuban Film Festival, screening on six consecutive Thursdays at the St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis beginning on March 1 and closing on April 5.
The Human Thing
March 1, 7:00pm | Original Title: La Cosa Humana
Director: Gerardo Chijona | Narrative | 2016 | Runtime: 86 min
Acclaimed Cuban director Gerardo Chijona’s latest is a darkly comic and vastly enjoyable film about a burglar and aspiring writer who unknowingly steals a manuscript – a masterpiece belonging to a renowned author.
March 8, 7:00pm | Original Title: Vuelos Prohibidos
Director: Rigoberto Lopez | Narrative | 2015 | Runtime: 75 min
Grounded by weather conditions in a Parisian airport, the two people of Cuban descent share their fears, doubts, and hopes about the complexities of Cuba and Cuban identity.
March 15, 7:00pm
Director: Jonal Cosculluela | Narrative | 2016 | Runtime: 90 min
9-year-old Esteban lives with his mother and wants to become a pianist. His perseverance and determination to achieve his dreams reveals the harsh side of the current situation in Cuba.
On the Roof
March 22, 7:00pm | Original Title: El Techo
Director: Patricia Ramos | Narrative | 2016 | Runtime: 75 min
A deliciously off-beat romantic comedy, On the Roof offers an impeccable balance of colloquial charm and universal appeal. Patricia Ramos and her excellent cast have crafted highly relatable characters with varying degrees of ambition, ingenuity, and quirk.
Cuba and the Cameraman
March 29, 7:00pm
Director: Jon Alpert | Documentary | 2017 | Runtime: 113 min
Indefatigable documentary filmmaker Jon Alpert’s movie is a personal examination of the ways in which Cuba changed and did not change over the course of 45 years of visiting and filming the stories of Cuban families; even accompanying Fidel Castro on one memorable trip to the United States.
They Call Me Cuba + Seeking Chano Pozo
April 5, 7:00pm | Original Title: Me Dicen Cuba, Buscando a Chano Pozo
Director: Pablo Massip, Rebecca Chavez | Documentary Shorts | Runtime: 78 min
A documentary shorts program featuring stories that exlpore the rich and vibrant world of the Cuban music scene.