14th Annual Cuban Film Festival
The 14th Minnesota Cuban Film Festival (MCFF) features films that address the achievements and challenges of the Cuban people through the eyes of its filmmakers. The festival highlights diverse and challenging films of social change, human struggle and the boldness of the human spirit. Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM, March 1-April 5, 2023
All films presented with English subtitles.
|Wed March 1|
|TALES OF ONE MORE DAY (CUENTOS DE UN DIA MAS)||7:00 pm|
|Wed March 8|
|BONGÓ ITÁ||7:00 pm|
|Wed March 15|
|HABANA SELFIES||7:00 pm|
|Wed March 22|
|CUBA'S LIFE TASK: COMBATTING CLIMATE CHANGE (TAREA VIDA: COMBATIENDO EL CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO)||7:00 pm|
|Wed March 29|
|VICENTA B||7:00 pm|
|Wed April 5|
|CHICO & RITA||7:00 pm|
CFF14: Tales of One More Day
Director: Fernando Perez | Family Drama | Runtime: 90 min Showing Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
Cuban Film Festival Opening Film! A pandemic that seemingly stops everything does not stop the human spirit. The six stories told in this film show that feelings like love, hate, sadness, loneliness, fear and hope bring out the best and worst in us in extreme circumstances. No illness, physical or soul, will prevent the confluence between people and their stories.
CFF14: Bongó Itá
Director: Mayckell Pedrero Mariol | Documentary | Runtime: 70 min Showing Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
A rare close-up of the Abakuá —an Afro-Cuban religious brotherhood that has been hidden from outsiders until recently. A symbol of resistance for over 200 years, the Abakuá society has managed to survive slavery, the Spanish domination and the Revolution, spite of all the bias and misunderstandings about their traditions and rituals.
CFF14: Habana Selfies
Director: Arturo Santana | Comedy | Runtime: 90 min Showing Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
Two men pretend to a woman in a taxi. An employee of an airport who intends to travel to Rome becomes a loving counselor. Three actors working in the kitchen of a restaurant await the arrival of a film director. A theater instructor and an aspiring actor get caught in a blackout. A young French woman does not stop dreaming before her plane lands in Havana. María Victoria, confuses a man with a famous actor and kisses him in the light of an eclipse. Six love stories in Havana of the 21st century.
CFF14: Cuba's Life Task: Combatting Climate Change
Directors: Daniesky Acosta + Hugo Rivalta | Activism | Runtime: 55 min Showing Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
Packed with perspectives from leading Cuban experts and Cuban citizens, this 55 minute film walks the viewer through Cuba’s climate history – from Hurricane Flora in 1963 to Hurricane Irma in 2017 – and poses the question: “What can we do to prepare for the damaging effects of climate change?’ Turns out, Cuba’s done quite a bit already.
Director: Carlos Lechuga | Drama | Runtime: 77 min Showing Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
Vicenta, a Cuban woman with the ability to see into the future, lives harmoniously with her only son until he decides to leave the country. Immersed in a profound crisis, Vicenta departs for a voyage to the heartland of a country where everyone seems to have lost their faith.
Chico & Rita + Golden Strings (Cuerdas de Oro)
Directors: Fernando Trueba +
Javier Mariscal +
Tono Errando | Animation | Runtime: 94 min Showing Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00pm | The Main Cinema
Chico is a gifted songwriter and piano player, and a Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice chasing their dreams, and each other, from Havana to New York and Las Vegas. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey, in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero, brings heartache and torment.
Showing with the US Premiere of Golden Strings (Cuerdas de Oro), honoring the life and artistic career of legendary “Niño” Rivera, for his musical talent as a “tres” player, composer, songwriter, and arranger, who influenced many artists in the 1950’s in Cuba. His daughter Gloria Niña Rivera, a well-known singer based in Minnesota performing with the group Salsa del Soul, produced the film and will be in attendance to comment about her father and sing "El Jamaiquino."