SAC w/ HFFNY: Cuban Director, Tomas Gutierrez Alea / Films

Southampton Arts Center partners with The Havana Film Festival New York to bring retrospective of acclaimed Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea to the Hamptons


Program kicks off Friday, October 19 with screening of Cuban classic Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate)

Southampton Arts Center (SAC), in partnership with the Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY), celebrates the seminal works of the legendary Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (also known as Titón).

On Friday, October 19, 6PM, the Tomás Gutiérrez Alea retrospective kicks off with the screening of Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate) (1993), co-directed by Juan Carlos Tabío. The first Cuban film with an openly gay main character and the only to have been nominated for an Oscar, this box-office hit is the story of two men who are opposites— one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting— and how they come to love one another.

The retrospective continues on Friday, November 16 with Memorias de subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment), an international sensation called “one of the 10 best films of 1968,” by the NY Times. Edmundo Desnoes, who worked with Titón to adapt his story into a film, will join us to present the film and answer questions following the screening. On Friday, December 28, we screen Los sobrevivientes (The Survivors), which was nominated for the Palme d’Or in 1979 at the Cannes Film Festival.

Screenings will take place at the Southampton Arts Center (25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968). Tickets can be purchased in advance at or in person. Prices range from $10 for General Admission to $7 for Friends of SAC. All foreign-language films are subtitled in English.


HFFNY: The Havana Film Festival New York ( annually presents exceptional films from and about Cuba, Latin America, and Latinos in the U.S, collaborating with Havana’s International Festival of New Latin American Cinema to celebrate the works of prominent and emerging filmmakers from the region. A project of The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC), HFFNY will celebrate its 20th anniversary April 1-9, 2019.

AFLFC: The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (, is a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by Carole Rosenberg, resident of Water Mill. A leader in cultural exchange between the U.S. and Cuba, AFLFC’s educational programs and professional development initiatives enable American and Cuban artists, students, art professionals, and academics to interact with each other, providing rich and rewarding experiences while building cultural bridges between both nations.


SAC: Southampton Arts Center has become a hub for arts and culture on the East End with almost 40,000 visitors, 6 exhibitions and over 200 events in 2017 alone. The broad programming is delivered year- round through an impressive array of partners including New York Academy of Art, Hamptons International Film Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Telluride Mountain film, the Watermill Center, and many more. SAC’s mission is to serve our East End community as a hub for arts and culture while preserving the iconic building and grounds of 25 Jobs Lane for future generations. Southampton Arts Center is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization.



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