The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Santa & Andrés

Friday, Apr. 28, 2017 – Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017


Presented by writer-director Carlos Lechuga

Set in eastern Cuba in 1983, Carlos Lechuga's second feature tells the story of the unlikely friendship that arises between a dissident gay novelist and a young woman dedicated to the Cuban revolutionary government’s political beliefs. The Cuban government sends Santa to watch over writer Andrés to ensure he will not cause a stir at an upcoming political event. Santa travels to the writer’s isolated cabin to watch him all day. At first she is wary of him, convinced that he is burdened with “ideological problems,” as she’s been told. But soon, the absurdity of the situation begins to sink in and a bond develops that neither expected.

Gorgeously shot and delicately narrated, Santa & Andrés is an astute observation on the nature of philosophical divides and a gentle reminder that what makes people similar is much more profound than what sets us apart.

Friday, April 28, 2017: 9:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2017: 7 p.m.–8:45 p.m.

About the Filmmaker
Carlos Lechuga trained as a director at the Higher Institute of Arts in Cuba and at the International Film and Television School, where he specialized in screenwriting. As a director he has made several award-winning shorts, including Los bañistas (2010) and Cuca y el pollo (2006). As a screenwriter, Lechuga participated in films such as El Eden perdido and Penumbras, which won the Best Film Award at the 2013 Puerto Rico International Film Festival.Melaza, his first feature film as a writer-director, premiered at the 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam and won several international awards, including Best Latin American Film at the Málaga Film Festival and Newcomer of the Year at the 2013 International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. He has recently received the SGAE Julio Alejandro Screenplay Award, which is the most important award for scriptwriters in Latin America and Spain. In 2016 he created his second feature, Santa & Andrés.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission: MFAH Members-FREE Adult-$15 ($14 Online); Senior (65+) $10 ($9 Online); Youth (13-18) $7.50 ($6.50 Online); Child (12 & younger) FREE; Military (ID Required) $10; Student (ID Required) $7.50 Ticketed exhibitions require an additional admission charge. Free Hours: FREE THURSDAY 10 am - 9 pm

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
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    Parking update: A new underground parking garage, located on Montrose Boulevard, is now open!

    • The outdoor parking lot on Bissonnet, across from the Law Building, is closed permanently.
    • Parking is available in two garages: an above-ground garage at 1144 Binz Street, and a new underground garage at 5101 Montrose Blvd.
    • Guests with limited mobility: We recommend that you use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

    Parking Garage Locations

    • 1144 Binz Street
    • 5101 Montrose Boulevard

    Parking Fees*

    Parking payments may be made only with a major credit card. Also accepted: MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    MFAH Members Visitors
    0–30 minutes FREE FREE
    31 minutes–4 hours $6 $10
    4–12 hours $10 $18
    12–24 hours $35 $35
    *Parking is free for MFAH visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursdays. General admission to the Museum is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.


    Both parking garages are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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