CLAIS Spring Filmmaker Series 2017

All films have English subtitles and feature a discussion with the filmmaker following each screening.

All events are FREE and OPEN to the general public!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
7pm   Loria Center Auditorium, room 250, 190 York St., New Haven, CT 06511

Romeo y Romeo
Luis Caballero, Puerto Rico/2015

Two teen boys fall for each other, but their traditional upbringing makes their relationship impossible. It’s only until they dress up and hide their identities that they are able to give in to their feelings. Q&A with Luis Caballero

Wednesday, March 1st through Saturday, March 4, 2017
Carlos Barba Salva presents Humberto Solás (Cuba)
Sponsors: Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies, Ezra Stiles College, The Cuban Coalition 

Carlos Barba Salva is a prize winning Cuban filmmaker.  He has made many documentary films, notably Humberto (2014), Día de Muertos (2010), and Canción para Rachel (2007).  He was Assistant Director to Humberto Solás for the making of Barrio Cuba (2005) and also participated in the making of Miel para Oshún (2001).  Carlos is presently working on a new film, La Virgen de la Caridad with veteran filmmaker Enrique Pineda Barnet. He has written extensively on Cuban film for several Cuban literary and cultural magazines, especially for Revista Cine Cubano/Ediciones ICAIC.

Q & A with Carlos Barba Salva following each screening

March 1, 2017
7pm Loria Center Auditorium, room 250, 190 York St., New Haven, CT 06511

Cuba  1968,  Humberto Solás

Lucía is a 1968 Cuban black-and-white drama film directed by Humberto Solás. It was the winner of the Golden Prize and the Prix FIPRESCI at the 6th Moscow International Film Festival in 1969.The film is a period piece, told in three stories in different moments of Cuban history (the Cuban war of independence, the 1930s and the 1960s), all as seen through the eyes of a different woman, each named Lucía

March 2, 2017
7pm Loria Center Auditorium, room 250, 190 York St., New Haven, CT 06511

Miel Para Oshun (Honey for Oshun)
Cuba-España  2001, Humberto Solás

Jorge Perugorría (Strawberry and Chocolate) stars as Roberto, who with the help of an eccentric cab driver and his cousin, embarks on a wild road trip through Cuba to search for the mother he thought had abandoned him as a child. Honey for Oshun is a compelling and funny story filled with unexpected detours, wrong turns, near dead ends, and plenty of broken-down cars. Best Picture Washington International Film Festival.

March 3, 2017
7pm Loria Center Auditorium, room 250, 190 York St., New Haven, CT 06511

Barrio Cuba (The Cuba Neighborhood)
Cuba-España  2005, Humberto Solás

Magali, Ignacio, Vivian, Miguelito and Santo: the leading characters of Barrio Cuba are all human beings striving for a little happiness in Havana. They live life to its fullest, propelling themselves over and over against an uncertain fate, searching for a way out. The harsh reality of the barrio contests them, but they never lose the hope of a better future, of regaining a lost love, or finding a new one, of improving themselves. Barrio Cuba is also the portrait of a country and a moment when preserving dignity becomes a hard task, but they keep on trying. Audience Award Havana Film Festival, Special Mention for the actress Broselianda Hernández Providence Film Festival

March 4, 2017
7pm Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave. New Haven 06511

Cuba-México-España-USA, 2014, Carlos Barba Salva

Humberto Solás was a filmmaker and a dreamer but primarily a Cuban of universal stature author of Lucía, regarded as one of the ten best films of Ibero American cinema and an extensive work which defined colors and left a mark on the cinema of the island. Five years after his physical disappearance, co-workers, actors, family and friends, gather to remember aspects of his life and career, in a tour of his emblematic feature films. Best Documentary Tiburon International Film Festival, California. Best Documentary Latino and Native American Film Festival, New Haven, CT. 

Monday, March 6, 2017
7pm  Loria Center Auditorium, room 250, 190 York St., New Haven, CT 06511

Miguel Coyula., Cuba. 2017 (Work in progress)

Film based on a series of interviews with Cuban poet Rafael Alcides.

Actress Lynn Cruz who appears in Nadie will also screen one of her latest short films.

Q&A Miguel Coyula and Lynn Cruz

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
7pm  Loria Center Auditorium, room 250, 190 York St., New Haven, CT 06511

Monologues in the Artist’s Studio
Palu Abadía

Palu Abadia is a Colombian-born filmmaker and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY.  She has worked as a cinematographer and video editor for different international projects, including short and long documentaries, educational and corporate videos for companies like Maki Creative, Lucuma Films, Maracuya Productions, Vision Media, Green Rabbit and La Maraca Producciones. In 2016 she completed her first film, “Monologues in the Artist’s Studio,” about a Chilean-born artist Sebastian Errazuriz. She is currently editing “Soy Andina II: The Return,” and  teaches video and editing workshops for immigrants.

Q& A following the screening with Palu Abadía and Chilean artist Sebastian Errazuriz.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
7pm Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave. New Haven 06511

Miguel Rueda.  Colombian animator.

Miguel will show his latest animated works and speak about the importance of animation in Latin American cinema.

Miguel Rueda did his studies in Bogotá Colombia, where he graduated in the field of Fine Arts and Graphic Design with a specialty in Illustration and Experimental Animation. Through experimental animation, he creates short films and feature films to find ways to talk about his own stories.