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*Exclusive U.S. Premiere Engagement of Return to Ithaca in 2K Digital Cinema Projection
*Red Carpet Premiere with Director, Writer, and Actor in attendance
*Showtimes for Return to Ithaca are: Fri. 11/13 at 7:00 & 10:00 pm; Sat. 11/14 at 3:00, 5:00, 7:15 & 9:30 pm; Sun. 11/15 at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:15 & 9:30 pm; and Mon. 11/16 to Thu. 11/19 at 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 & 9:00 pm.
Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables; parking on-site in covered garage
Tickets for Return to Ithaca are $25 for non-members and $20 for members for the Red Carpet Premiere screenings and $11.50 and under for all other screenings and are available for purchase at the box office and on the Cinema's website at
A terrace overlooking Havana, the sunset. Five friends gather to celebrate the return of Amadeo (Néstor Jimenez) after 16 years of exile. From dusk to dawn they reminisce about their youth, the group they used to be, the faith they had in the future ... but also their disillusionment. Winner of the Best Film prize at Venice Days, the indie sidebar of the Venice Film Festival, Return to Ithaca is the first film made in Cuba (albeit directed by Palme d'Or-winning French filmmaker Laurent Cantet) that deals directly with the shattered dreams of the generation that came of age on the island during the Cuban revolution. For laureate co-author Leonardo Padura, the film is "the story of a few lives, and through those lives, the story of my generation. It certainly isn't the only possible portrait but it is undoubtedly the reflection of the many uncertainties, hopes, accomplishments and frustrations of certain Cubans - cruelly tossed upon the winds of history into the open sea, where many cannot make out any safe harbor." Adds Cantet: "From the time we started talking about the film, the actors had only one thing in mind: for it to be made. For them it was important for this kind of catharsis to take place so they could finally say certain things, and so that cinema reflects their story and echoes their lives." With Isabel Santos, Jorge Perugorria, Fernando Hechavarria, Pedro Julio Diaz Ferran.
The film sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of our Sabor Latino program celebrating the best in alternative and independent Spanish language cinema. 
Join us at the Red Carpet Premiere for Return to Ithaca on Friday, November 13 screenings of the film at 7:00 & 10:00 pm, and a catered reception from 9:00 to 10:00 pm on the outdoor plaza and inside the theater for anyone who purchases a ticket for either show. Writer/director Laurent Cantet, co-author Leonardo Padura, and actor Fernando Hechavarría will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A's for both screenings. Travel for Mr. Hechavarría is provided by Xael Charters.

Tickets for regular screenings are $11.50 and under and can be purchased in advance on the Cinema's website at or in person at the box office during regular screening hours. For more information visit the website or the Cinema's Facebook page,, or contact the Cinema at or (786) 385-9689. The Coral Gables Art Cinema is South Florida's leading state-of-the-art venue for experiencing independent, alternative and international film, offering first-run, seven-day-a-week showcase presentations in both 35mm and true industry-standard theater quality digital projection. It is located at 260 Aragon Avenue (map), directly across the street from Books & Books, on the western end of the ground floor of the Museum Parking Garage.
Funding for the Coral Gables Art Cinema comes in part from the City of Coral Gables; the Coral Gables Community Foundation; the Knight Foundation; Steven Krams and Midge Blumberg-Krams; Bacardi; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the many businesses, individual donors and members who contribute to the Cinema's work.
 - The official trailer can be viewed here   
- A PDF of the complete production notes is available here -

- A PDF of the complete production notes in Spanish is available here -