Not that many years ago, Gibara, was a quiet little town in Cuba’s east-laying province of Holguin, boasting a natural beauty that drew a small number of adventurous souls seeking to get away from the boisterous streets of the big city. Today, Gibara is a cultural center that brings together filmmakers and audiovisual artists at the International Low-Budget Cinema Festival, created by Cuban cineaste Humberto Solas in 2003.
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Juan Carlos Cremata es un realizador que no elude la realidad social, no se acorrala en su proyecto personal ni se enajena imaginando una Cuba idílica. Por el contario, intenta acercarse a eso que llamamos identidad, pero que muy pocos podemos definir en su sentido más profundo; y lo intenta a partir de historias cotidianas que adereza con oficio y bastante imaginación.
Ramiro A. Fernandez certainly chose the right photo from his “rare and classic” collection to use as the cover of this 288 page picture book. The 1952 signed print of entertainers Josephine Baker (French) and Ernesto Bonino (Italian) is arguably the best photo in the book, esthetically speaking, and gives the potential reader a fair warning of what to expect inside.
An old classic typewriter plays at creating strange creatures. The 4:18 minute animated short was made by Diomnys Matos Sarmiento with Esporas Productions. The film took part in the 10th Young Filmmakers Showing.
A week of works by young Cuban filmmakers kicks off the month from April 1-6. The Cuba Cinematheque will also feature, Cine Expresionista Aleman; James Dean, Un Mito del Cine; Films by Hungarian director Miklos Jancso and finally a tribute to Enrique Colina on his 70th birthday with an afternoon and evening of his films.
The 13th Young Filmmakers’ Festival, a space where we are brought into contact and invited to explore the different paths Cuba’s youngest filmmakers are tracing today, takes place from April 1-6 in Havana at seveval venues.
The Cuban film “Conducta”, directed by Ernesto Daranas, won the awards for best film, best director and best actress for Alina Rodriguez in the Latin American section of the Málaga Film Festival.
At night, Havana’s picturesque ocean drive becomes a showcase where young men offer the charms of their youth to tourists in search of sexual adventures. The double standards that underpin these relations is one of the issues explored by La partida (“The Departure”), a gay drama directed by Spanish filmmaker Antonio Hens which will premiere in Spain this Friday and is coming to Cuba in July.
The Cuban model and actor William Levy this week attended the premiere of “The Single Mothers Club” the first Hollywood film in which he participates, reported Diario de Cuba.
“At least I had the guts to go down there and see it with my own eyes,” said Oliver Stone who just relaeased his documentary “Mi Amigo Hugo” on the late Venezuelan president.