As the festival draws ever closer, here are a few more samplings of what HFFNY 2011 has to offer. We hope to see you there! Remember that individual tickets are now on sale at the Quad Cinema website!
El Salvadorean and Costa Rican Films
HFFNY 2011 is excited to present three films from El Salvador and Costa Rica. Both countries tend to be underrepresented in film, so we are very pleased to screen so many movies from them, including one as part of our closing ceremony. We hope that you take this opportunity to see what El Salvador and Costa Rica have to offer!
Dir. Esteban Ramirez, Costa Rica
Wednesday, April 13, 6:45 pm, 91 min.
Q&A with director
Thursday, April 14, 1:00 pm, 91 min.
Inspired by a true story, Gestación
tells the story of Jessie and Teo. Jessie, a pretty and energetic sixteen-year-old girl, lives in the slums with her single, religious mother and attends a conservative Catholic high school on a scholarship. Teo, an affectionate adolescent and the only child of a strict professional, moves in upper middle-class circles. The carelessness and the hypocrisy of the adults around them will entangle the couple in the emotional whirlwind of their first love, which is suddenly tested. Jessie and Teo will inevitably face consequences and punishment from the Latin-American double standard.Del amor y otros demonios
(Of Love and Other Demons)
Dir. Hilda Hidalgo, Costa Rica/Colombia
North American premiere!
NY Directors Guild Theater
Closing Night Ceremony
Friday, April 15, 8:00 pm, 97 min.
Q&A with director
Based on one of Gabriel García Márquez’s most harrowing love stories, Of Love and other Demons tells the story of Sierva María, who, during a time of inquisition and slavery, wants to know what kisses taste like. She is the thirteen-year-old daughter of aristocrats living in colonial Cartagena de Indias but was raised by their African slaves. When a rabid dog bites her, the bishop declares that she is possessed and entrusts Cayetano, his pupil, with her exorcism, but the priest and the girl find themselves seduced by a demon more powerful than faith and reason.
José makes a brief visit to the world of his dreams, a visit that turns out to be marvelous. Here he finds the beauty of the woman that he wants to become. This short dream and his subsequent return to “reality” inspire him to stay in this magic corner of his imagination.