The 17th edition of HFFNY is happening this April, presenting a variety of films from Cuba and Latin America, including Viva and many more. A couple highlights:
El Acompañante (The Companion), Cuba
Set in 1988 Cuba as the government dispatched HIV patients to AIDS centers under military rule. It narrates the friendship between Horacio Romero, a Cuban boxing champion that fails a drug test and must serve as a “companion” (a euphemism for warden) of Daniel, a conflictive patient.
Papa, the first Hollywood picture filmed in Cuba since 1959, tells the story of a young journalist who is befriended by Ernest and Mary Hemingway and witnesses Hemingway’s decline into depression and alcoholism with the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution.
New York: April 7 - 17. Full lineup and details on their website.