The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Co-Presents “Yoss and Ilan Stavans in Conversation” at Instituto Cervantes

The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is proud to announce the co-presentation of Yoss and Ilan Stavans in Conversation, a discussion geared to provoke the study of science fiction and the future of Latinidad with Cuban science fiction author Yoss. The event will be moderated by Restless Books publisher Ilan Stavans and will be held at Instituto Cervantes on November 14. On November 15, the festival will present a screening of ten award-winning short films, each representing the ever-changing world through bold storytelling and breathtaking quality. The event is also part of the festival’s commitment to celebrate the works of independent and minority filmmakers through their incredible approaches to the art of film.

Instituto Cervantes (211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017)

“Yoss and Ilan Stavans in Conversation” Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Yoss, the most renowned science fiction writer, essayist and scholar from Cuba, is the author of Super Extra Grande and A Planet for Rent. He will be joined by Restless Books publisher Ilan Stavans for a revealing discussion about Latinidad, Spanglish and the future of humanity. The event is presented by The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, Restless Books, Cuban Cultural Center of New York and Instituto Cervantes.

Instituto Cervantes (211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017)

PKD Short Film Block Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Artificial (2015)
Director: David Pérez Sañudo
Run Time/Country: 20 min, Spain
Synopsis: Xabier goes for a job interview but what he doesn’t know is that he has already been selected. CORPSA offers to pay him $80,000 if he agrees to be cloned but more than just a lot of money depends on his decision.

Domingo, the Daybreaker (2015)
Director: Juanma Romero
Run Time/Country: 21 min, Spain
Synopsis: In spite of his advanced age, Domingo faces each morning looking for a job. One night he gets a call for a unique position; at the eleventh hour the veteran mechanic has to learn how to handle the “daybreak machine” and gullibly perform an astonishing task to make the sun rise. However, his wife Lupita goes missing and now he must dawn the sun to bring her back.

Sanguine Craving (2014)
Director: Gerard Tusquellas Serra
Run Time/Country: 13 min, Spain
Synopsis: The son of a happy serial killer family turns 18 and must kill his first victim — but he’s afraid not to feel the “sanguine craving.”

The Last Journey of Paul WR (2015)
Director: Romain Quirot
Run Time/Country: 17 min, France
Synopsis: The red moon threatens the existence of our planet. Mankind’s only hope lies upon the shoulders of the enigmatic Paul WR, the most talented astronaut of his generation. Mysteriously, a few hours before the mission launch Paul has disappeared.

Reality+ (2014)
Director: Coralie Fargeat
Run Time/Country: 22 min, France
Synopsis: In the near future, the brain chip “Reality+” acts on your sensory perceptions and allows you to see yourself with the perfect physique you’ve always dreamed.

Jakob (2015)
Director: Eymeric Jorat
Run Time/Country: 16 min, France
Synopsis: Jakob, a humanoid robot, has just committed the first crime on a human. Intended to be destroyed, a lawyer will try to save him. Together they have 12 hours to explain this murder and before the judgement.

Savages (2015)
Director: Milo Gony
Run Time/Country: 10 min, France
Synopsis: On a dark night, an isolated village closed its doors to children who sought refuge. Dawn brings them a bad omen and a punitive hunting will seek to destroy the terrible children by fire.

Kosmodrome (2014)
Director: Youcef Mahmoudi
Run Time/Country: 15 min, Italy/France
Synopsis: Inside a KGB bunker the day after man landed on the moon, a psychic woman is brainwashed to kill the head of NASA.

Las fieras 1969 (2014)
Director: Alaric S. Rocha
Run Time/Country: 12 min, USA
Synopsis: A student locks herself inside her university’s bathroom werewolf-like creates invade the city and it is her love for others and weeks of pure loneliness which save her.

reStart (2015)
Director: Olga Osorio
Run Time/Country: 15 min, Spain
Synopsis: A woman is trapped in a temporal loop that she may not be able to break.

Admission to both events are free but RSVP is mandatory.

About The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival:

The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is New York City’s first festival of its kind and is organized by individuals and filmmakers who understand the difficulties and challenges of telling a unique story in a corporate environment. With successful 2012-2016 festivals, international festivals in Lille, France (2013, 2015, 2016), Łódź, Poland (2015) and Cologne, Germany (2016) and numerous event screenings the festival has only begun its mission to honor the legacy of the great Philip K. Dick. The festival has received immense media attention from publications such as The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, Time Out New York, Gothamist, Metro New York, Examiner and a January 13, 2015 primetime segment on NBC New York/COZI TV’s News 4 New York at 7 with anchor Roseanne Colletti (viewed at From guest speakers of directors, writers, producers and industry professionals who best represent the goals of the festival and original voices and enhanced visions in works submitted, this is a festival created for filmmakers by filmmakers.

About Philip K. Dick:

“Reality is whatever refuses to go away when I stop believing in it.” – Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the 20th century’s most profound novelists and writers within the science fiction community. His exploration, analysis and beliefs led to the publishings of 44 novels and 121 short stories. Dick’s enormous library of works led to several film and television adaptations including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990), Minority Report (2002), Paycheck (2003) A Scanner Darkly (2006), Radio Free Albemuth (2010), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Total Recall (2012), Amazon’s critically acclaimed series The Man in the High Castle (2015) and upcoming projects Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and Channel 4’s Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick. Dick’s enormously effective views comprised of fictional universes, virtual realities and human mutation foresaw an exaggerated version of the current state of government and contemporary life. Though he is gone in the physical form his philosophies live on in the techniques applied to modern stories and films and generate large displays of appreciation and understanding.

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