Cuban Film Festival
The 15th 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.
The festival starts Wednesday, February 28 and runs for five consecutive Thursdays through April 4, 2024.
The Minnesota Cuban Film Festival is organized by the Minnesota Cuba Committee, in collaboration with MSP Film Society and ICAIC (Cuban Film Institute). The Minnesota Cuba Committee is responsible for the film selection and program information.
All films presented with English subtitles.
Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 PM
Director: Enrique "Kiki" Alvarez | Fiction | Cuba | 2021 | 93 min
Cuban filmmaker Enrique "Kiki" Alvarez’s latest feature paints a slow-burning love story set in the years immediately following the Cuban Revolution in January of 1959. The Black Box is a secret diary written by Elsa, and read by her granddaughter several decades later.TICKETS
Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 PM
Directors: Fernando Perez, Asistents: Melba Nuñez, Mario Orlando Muñiz | Fiction | Cuba, Spain | 2022 | 100 min
Nelsito is a young man of humble origins who has an unnamed disability. At one moment, he sees that the door has been left open, and takes advantage of it to go out on the street, where he suffers an accident. That trip outside is a kind of liberation for him, since it opens a secret door which he alone has access to.TICKETS
Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 PM
Directors: Ollie Aslin, Gary Lennon | Documentary | Cuba | 2020 | 103 min
This film is a thrilling true story of a selected group of Cuban spies sent undercover to the US in the 1990s. From their recruitment, training and eventual capture on US soil; this film peers into a secret world of false identities, love affairs and betrayal.TICKETS
Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 PM
Director: Paddy Breathnach | Fiction | Cuba, Ireland | 2015 | 100 min
Its hero, is a gay hairdresser who dreams of becoming a drag entertainer at the nightclub where he coifs the noisy, squabbling divas. His mother is dead and his father abandoned him, he lives in a slum. His father, a former boxer released from prison reappears and his. initial reaction to his son’s homosexuality and fondness for drag is all too predictable.TICKETS
SISTERS OF THE HEART (HERMANAS DEL CORAZON)
Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 PM
Director: Gloria Rolando | Documentary | Cuba | 2023 | 115 min
This documentary covers the origins of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and it is dedicated to the work of the Oblates in Cuba. Religious education – Catholic – was accompanied by a requirement for preparation to face a society full of discrimination based on skin color.TICKETS
Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 PM
Director: Benito Zambrano | Fiction | Cuba, Spain | 2005 | 110 min
This is a Spanish and Cuban film which tells the story of two young musicians in Cuba, Ruy and Tito, whose music is a mix of traditional Cuban music and more modern music such as rap, get a chance at an international breakthrough through a Spanish record company, but they would have to change their Cuba-themed lyrics to cater to an international audience.TICKETS