With Sunday December 8 declared a national day of mourning for the death of Nelson Mandela, the Cuban Ministry of Culture decided to suspend activities of the Havana Film Festival until Monday and put off the opening to the public of the FIART Crafts Fair, also to Monday.
Movies & Books
Well known Spanish actor Willy Toledo is now living in Cuba. He claims to have suffered censorship and political persecution in Spain. The writer notes that he won’t have any such problems in Cuba where protests at government facilities or strikes don’t exist.
If you are reading any other book on Cuba right now, close it. If you were thinking about giving another title as a Christmas gift to a beloved Cubaphile, don’t. Make better use of your time and money with Marc Frank’s Cuba Revelations. You won’t find ideology or an agenda in here, but rather a comprehensive composition covering the multilayered, and often quite complex, reform process that has been underway in Cuba since at least 2006.
Germany will be participating in this year’s awaited Havana Film Festival (December 5-15) with six feature films (five dramatic and one documentary film). One of the films we will have the opportunity to see is the highly acclaimed “Oh Boy”, written and directed by Jan Ole Gerster.
The author of several works published in Cuba and abroad, Miguel Angel Fraga sets out to capture the truth of a difficult and misunderstood era, the experiences of those who became Cuba’s first victims of the terrible HIV-AIDS epidemic. “I can say that it is thanks to HIV that I am a writer today,” he tells us during his interview for Havana Times.
This year’s Havana Film Festival includes in its World Cinema section eight dramatic features from Great Britain, three of them directed by Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank and Wuthering Heights). The others are III Manors, Sightseeers, West is West, The Angels’ Share and NEDS.
Last week economist Richard Feinberg presented his latest monograph “Soft Landing in Cuba? Emerging Entrepreneurs and Middle Classes” published by the Brookings Institution, a think-tank in Washington, D.C. In a nutshell, Feinberg recommends that the U.S. abandon regime-change fantasies and instead take a suite of measures to support, encourage, influence and participate in building a prosperous and powerful non-state sector in Cuba.
Filmmakers from 10 Latin American countries will compete for the Feature Film Coral Award at this year’s Havana Film Festival, to be held in the Cuban capital from December 5 to 15. Over a hundred films from outside the region will also be shown.
If you can read Spanish and would like to see what films are playing at the Havana Cinemateca in November visit this post on the Spanish side of HT.
Cuban filmmaker Daniel Díaz Torres, 65, passed away in the early hours of Monday in Havana, product of a long illness. He achieved international notoriety for the satire “Alice in Wondertown,” 1991, with the screenplay by Eduardo del Llano.