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November 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Celebrating the deep cultural connections between Key West and its island neighbor just 90 miles to the south – Cuba – we are honored to bring to the festival for the first time a selection of four, award-winning, Cuban shorts from rising filmmakers living and working in Havana, the USA, and Spain, and starring some of Cuba’s most renowned talent.
This collaboration was made possible thanks to the enthusiasm and friendship of Havana Film Festival Executive Director Yumey Besú Payo and its programming director Zita M. Morriña (who sadly passed away in August), and to Tropic Cinema/KWFF’s Aramis Ikatu.
The following short films are included in this category:
La Máquina (The Machine)
Director: Adolfo Mena Cejas | 10 min.
A woman is informed she’s won the US Visa lottery and decides to leave Cuba, with or without her family. Starring Gilda Bello.
Director: Juan Pablo Daranas Molina | 10 min.
A young Cuban immigrant struggles to find her place in New York City. Written by and starring Idalmis García.
Cerdo (The Pig)
Director: Yunior García Aguilera | 20 min.
When his mother dies, Pedro is free to look for the man she called “pig” – the father he never knew. Starring legendary actor Jorge Perugorría (“Strawberry and Chocolate,” “Guantanamera”, and Netflix’ “Four Seasons in Havana”).
Director: Yimit Ramirez | 12 min.
‘Eternal glory’ awaits Julián when he is named model employee in a totalitarian society controlled by talking statues. Starring Mario Guerra from the Netflix series “Four Seasons in Havana”.
NOTE: The Havana Shorts selection will play just before Gaspar González’s FL feature documentary Errol Flynn’s Ghost: Hollywood in Havana on Saturday evening, Nov. 23. Q&A session with Gaspar González and Cuban filmmakers following the film. Moderated by Monica Castillo and KWFF’s Ruth Reitan and Aramis Ikatu.