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Five Films to Watch at the 2013 Havana Film Festival New York

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The Havana Film Festival in New York is back! Opening Friday, April 12 and running through April 19 the festival will screen more than 45 films from and about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the U.S. We already told you about the Opening Night film, Amor Crónico, a fiction/documentary hybrid that uses footage from Cuban Grammy-nominated singer CuCu Diamantes’ musical tour in Cuba. Don’t miss out! Both the director Jorge Perugorría and CuCu Diamantes will be at the screening.

And you absolutamente have to check out the amazing Paraguayan film 7 Cajas. It’s rare to hear about a film from Paraguay but this unconventional crime thriller has thrust the small country into the spotlight. It takes the typical Hollywood shoot-‘em-up action dramas and adds a gritty, indie flavor to the genre. It received huge buzz when it screened at the Toronto Film Festival and broke box office records when it played in Paraguayan theaters last summer. It’s kinda like a Latino Slumdog Millionaire.

Other highlights include: a showcase of Cuban films from before the Revolution, a free panel with Latino filmmakers at the Cervantes Institute, and a retrospective of works by the, “Father of New Latin American Cinema,” Fernando Birri. We know it’s overwhelming with so many awesome-sounding films so here’s our top picks of what not to miss at this year’s HFFNY. Pretty soon you’ll be yelling, ¡Películas o Muerte!

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FEBRE DO RATO (RAT FEVER)
Director: Claudio Assis
Country: Brazil
New York Premiere
Director present for Q&A