The festival takes place for about two weeks in mid-December. Check the Internet for the exact dates. The festival features mainly Latin American films, often those you'd never see in the United States. However, there are also European and American films. Directors, actors, and other artists come from all over to attend. In 2002, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Matt Dillon, and the directors of Cidade de Deus and El Crimen del Padre Amaro attended. The festival gives more energy to the city than any other time of year. Also, as the Havana arts scene and Cuban culture lack the pretensions that seem to dominate many artistic gatherings, the atmosphere is relaxed and focused on the films.
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