Ethan Hawke and Tim Robbins heading to Cuba to attend Havana Film Festival next week

Posted: 25-Nov-15 11:39

Hollywood heavyweights like Tim Robbins and Ethan Hawke will be attending the 37th edition of the world-famous Havana Film Festival this December. Kicking off in just a few days, one of Cuba's oldest and most renowned festivals will take over the capital for 10 days of special galas, award ceremonies, film screenings and special events celebrating the Latin American film industry.

Ethan Hawke and Tim Robbins heading to Cuba to attend Havana Film Festival next week

Two of Hollywood’s big shots will be landing in Havana in just a few days to attend the Havana Film Festival 2015, celebrating its 37th edition this year. Actors of the stature of Ethan Hawke and Tim Robbins will both be in Cuba’s capital to mark the occasion as the biggest two film celebrities of their generation to travel to the island.

But they’re not the only big shots in the U.S. film industry to make it to Cuba for this year’s Havana Film Festival, as veteran producer, Christine Vachon and various executives from the Sundance Institute and HBO channel will also be at the festival representing the North American nation.

Ivan Giroud, president of the Havana Film Festival confirmed the attendance of the U.S. stars and declared:

"We’ve received a great number of requests from the U.S."

He also lamented the fact that despite a marked increase in requests to attend the event from U.S. visitors the festival couldn’t hand out as many invitations as they wished.

"There’s more eagerness (to attend the festival) among U.S. visitors, but we have to select from all the requests we receive, to see what’s (or who’s) more relevant to the event itself (…) because we don’t have the capacity to fulfil every request"

He added that ever since the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations the situation “has inverted” and they now receive far more requests from the U.S. than they can accommodate.

What brings Oscar-winning author Tim Robbins, in particular, to the Havana Film Festival is his leading role in the film "A perfect day", a movie directed by Spanish filmmaker Fernando Leon de Aranoa who debuts as nominee for the Havana Film Festival Awards. Co-starring with Benicio del Toro, who will also be present at the event in the Cuban capital, Tim Robbins will set foot on the island for the first time.

Although the Havana Film Festival usually favours films from the Latin American industry, it has a category titled “Other Latitudes” in which the U.S. heavily features this year with five successful documentaries produced by HBO nominated for the awards.

The 37th edition of the Havana Film Festival, also known by its original name; Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (International Festival of New Latin American Cinema) will be celebrated in Cuba’s capital city from 3rd to 13th December, spanning ten days packed full of film action, in the form of numerous galas, workshops, film screenings and of, course, the much-awaited awards ceremony, recognising the work of Latin American actors and film-makers across the continent.

The film this year will kick off with the highly-acclaimed film, "El Clan", by Argentinian director Pablo Trapero, and from then on as many 444 different films from all over the world will be screened across Havana’s cinemas, 341 of which will be of Latin American origin. Beyond regional films, there will be some film screenings from German, Spanish and Italian origin, with a special tribute to Marco Bellocchio and Brazilian, Ruy Guerra who will be awarded a Coral award for his years of contribution to the cinema industry.


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