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Idalmis Garcia's 'Conducta' makes U.S. premiere in NYC
Actress Idalmis Garcia had moved to New York City by the time her latest movie became a box-office hit in her native Cuba.
Shell get an opportunity to bask in the success of Conducta on Thursday when the highly anticipated film makes its U.S. premiere at the opening night of the Havana Film Festival of New York. Its one of 24 Cuban films (out of a total 44) being shown in the festival, which is now in its fifteenth year and remains the only major pan-Latino movie fest in the city.
Thats exciting, Garcia, who turns 32 in a few days, said in an interview this week. I just want people to see the connection, to connect with some other reality that is totally different and understand it a bit.
Conducta, which translates as Behavior, explores the relationship of a marginalized 11-year-old Chala and his sixth-grade teacher in Havana. Movie reviewer Stephen Holden of The New York Times described the film, directed by Ernesto Daranas, as touching and clearheaded. In Cuba, the film has become something of a phenomenon since its January premiere, with audiences crowding cinemas to see the film and even official government newspapers praising its exploration of difficult themes.
Garcia has a small but important role in the film as the head of the school where the story takes place.
Its a very social film, she said. It talks a lot about our reality now and education.
She said she was hired by the films director initially to help with the casting of the film before she was offered the part she ultimately played. Of course, I take it, she said.
Garcia moved to New York City in August to try to expand her career; while shes had roles in several movies and on television in Cuba, shes an unknown outside of her native country.
Im thinking of me as an actress in a global term, she said, eyeing possibilities to work both here and in Europe. Thats my goal.
The Havana Film Festival of New York runs April 3 to 11. A full program is available on the fests website. Besides opening night, Conducta is being shown on Saturday at Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St.