“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.
Movies & Books
We present the program for the Cuba Cinematheque for March 2014. It includes the premier of the Cuban documentary “Humberto” (Humberto Solas) directed by Carlos Barba Salva on March 25.
As the Cuba Book Fair 2014 is in full swing in the capital, Ernesto Perez Chang questions the highly controlled policy by Cuban government publishers and the virtual ban on individual editorial initiatives on the island.
Conducta (“Conduct”), Cuban filmmaker Ernesto Daranas’ most recent feature, is currently being screened in movie theaters around Havana. Having explored the winding labyrinth of prostitution and procurement in Los dioses rotos (“Broken Gods”), his previous film, Daranas now takes on another sensitive issue – one that is barely talked about.
Cubans who love to read anxiously await the month of February. In a few days, the cobblestoned walkways of Havana’s Cabaña Fortress will feel the steps of thousands of people, individuals of all ages who will visit the different exhibition areas and book stands that commonly grace Cuba’s International Book Fair.
At the close of the 1960s, the Cuban Film Art and Industry Institute (ICAIC) headed by Alfredo Guevara was one of the few institutions that could claim a measure of autonomy in terms of cultural policy and had the financial resources at its disposal to gather restless young artists under the banner of an innovative cultural project.
The program for the Cuba Cinematheque for February 2014 includes the premier of the Cuban film “Conducta” (Conduct) by director Ernesto Daranas. The invitation only first showing is on Feb. 4 and then showings open to the public on Feb. 6-9, 11-12.
Havana’s Casa de las Americas Center has kicked off the New Year with the launching of a controversial book: Estela and Ernesto Bravos’ Operacion Peter Pan, cerrando el circulo en Cuba (“Operation Peter Pan: Closing the Circle in Cuba”).
The first monthly program of the Cinematheque of Cuba in this new year 2014 begins with a series on World War 1 as seen through film. A large group of 33 films on the conflict will be presented a century after it began. This cycle will allow viewers to see important films of various nationalities, periods, styles and genres, from classic silent until very recent productions.
The popular Cuban singer Paulo Fernandez Gallo, will debut as an actor in the movie ” Forbidden Flight,” directed by filmmaker Rigoberto Lopez. The singer plays a photojournalist who makes documentaries for cinema and television.