UPDATE: CIFF44 CANCELLED

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 7, 2020 } See Beyond

MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART

 

Year: 2016
Country: USA, PUERTO RICO
Run Time: 73 minutes

MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART
MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART
MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART

Every family has a hidden history. The question often is, should it stay that way? In the late 1980s, Cecilia’s Uncle Miguel died of AIDS in New York. Miguel was a promising young playwright who fled to New York to escape his extremely religious mother Carmen. Cecilia decided to tie the loose ends surrounding Miguel’s death, including locating Miguel’s lover Robert, who was reviled by Carmen as the cause of her son’s death. When she locates Robert and begins digging into family archives and interviewing surviving family members, Cecilia discovers more than she expected. She stirs a pot of conflicting viewpoints, shocking family secrets, religious mania, “miracles,” and the lingering question of what might actually be gained from all this. When everyone has crafted their own histories, what effect does the truth really have? This fearless film poses questions to which there may be no real answers. Powerful and passionate, MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART is a poetic family history that raises more than ghosts and dust. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Sidebars
10% CINEMA
CINEMA EN ESPAƑOL

Competitions
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director
Cecilia Aldarondo

Cecilia Aldarondo holds an M.A. from Goldsmith College and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Skidmore College. In 2015 she was named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film."

Filmography
MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART (2016)

Producers
Cecilia Aldarondo, Patricia Benabe

Cinematography
Brennan Vance

Editing
Hannah Buck

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