April 9, 2019
WITH NY PREMIERE OF INTERGALACTIC COMEDY THE
EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF CELESTE GARCIA
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY JAVIER LABRADOR & SOUND ENGINEER RAYMEL CASAMAYOR PRESENT FOR Q&A
RED CARPET STARTS AT 6:15 PM
“For a 60-year-old Havana resident, a new lease on life arrives in the form of an invitation to another planet” – Hollywood Reporter
The 20th Havana Film Festival New York (www.HFFNY.com) rolls out the red carpet with the NY premiere of The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia (El viaje extraordinario de Celeste Garcia), the story of a retired school teacher who leaves her job at the Havana Planetarium to find a new, more fulfilling life among aliens. This out-of-this-world romantic comedy marks the feature debut of Arturo Infante, one of the most acclaimed screenwriters in Cuba today (The Silly Age, Habana Eva).
Since 2002, Javier Labrador has been linked to the film industry and independent productions in Cuba. He is a graduate in Cinematography from the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba) in 2012. His films as a cinematographer (both fiction and documentaries) have been exhibited and awarded in national and international festivals. He is currently working as a freelance filmmaker.
Raymel Casamayor has been working as a sound mixer, sound editor, and sound designer in several documentaries, short films, and features since 2010. He directed the documentary Destino M6 and other music videos. His work includes the documentaries Previous Scenes, Casablanca, La gente del documental, Fellove, Héroe de Culto, and Cuban Canvas, and the feature films Santa y Andrés, Espejuelos Oscuros, and The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste García. His awards include Best Sound in the Caracol Contest of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba and Best Sound Design in the 15th and 16th editions of the Muestra Joven Film Festival.
Tuesday, April 9
5:45pm – Red carpet press call
6:15pm – Red carpet begins
7:00pm – Event begins
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
WHY: HFFNY is the longest-running Latino Film Festival in NYC. Since 2000, the festival has brought the vibrant energy of Cuban and Latin American films to NYC audiences. During our week-long celebration from April 5-16, HFFNY carves out a platform for cross-cultural dialogue through educational panels, international movie premieres, thoughtfully curated retrospectives, interactive Q&A sessions, and plenty of glitz and glamour. This year, HFFNY focuses on the experiences of women in the Latin American film industry, and has invited directors, producers, and actresses from across the region to participate in HFFNY to share their experiences.