|BYE BYE HAVANA|
9 p.m. October 16, 2005. 20th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival:
Cinema Paradiso, a converted Mission-style church, is photogenic, stylish inside and out. Full house, strong applause by a good crowd who loved the film:
"A fascinatingly lyrical and kaleidoscopic look at life at street level in beautiful but impoverished Havana,
ranging from suffering to joy to politics to sex
"I haven't seen anything like this before . . . It was the way he portrayed real people.
"Very sad, very beautiful and very real at the same time" -- Elisa Menendez
"We've been in Havana and the movie is like walking there . . .
"Wow! I am showing the film again and received encore requests...best ever screening in that time slot" -- Gregory von Hausch, Festival director
Photos by Bill Wisser