Movies & Books

Cuban 3D Film Coming to a Dozen Countries

July 22, 2014 | No Comments »

Distribution companies from a dozen countries, including the USA, signed contracts for the distribution of Meñique (Pinkie), the first Cuban animated 3D feature film. Directed and written by Ernesto Padrón, the film was released last Sunday in the Cuban capital.

Renowned Cuban Poet Resigns from Cuba’s Artists & Writers Association

July 4, 2014 | 3 comments

“In view of the fact that my books aren’t allowed into Cuba – neither by customs nor the mail -, which amounts to prohibiting my work as a writer, I hereby resign from UNEAC,” stated well known Cuban poet Rafael Alcides Perez.

The Fate of Havana’s Neighborhood Cinemas

June 18, 2014 | 10 comments

The Cuban capital once boasted around 130 movie theaters, more than there were in New York or Paris at the time. Many of these cinemas were directly serviced by the major production and distribution companies, such as 20th Century Fox, Columbia and Metro Goldwyin Meyer. (30 photos)

Maestra: A Retrospective on Cuba’s Literacy Campaign

May 28, 2014 | 6 comments

I often hear people born before 1959 reminisce about things that were simple pleasures back then, things that were within their reach even though they were poor folk, and are today unaffordable luxuries. These people look in frustration on the present and the future.

“La Partida”, a new attempt to broach male homosexuality in Cuban film

May 19, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Circulating from house to house on flash drives, La Partida (Antonio Hens), with crude scenes depicting male homosexual relationships, is not recommended for minors, if such antiquated cinematic rules have any meaning in today’s world. Here are my impressions of the film, which I recommend.

Videodance in Cuba: A World to Explore

May 8, 2014 | No Comments »

Many believe it is a kind of experimental cinema that only a select audience could understand. Despite Cuba’s Videodance Festival, the majority of Cubans know nothing about this genre of dance music. Is it a filmed choreography? A film in which the characters tell the story while dancing, as in a musical?

Yasiel Puig’s Journey from Cuba to MLB Heading for the Movies

April 26, 2014 | No Comments »

The life of the young Cuban baseball player Yasiel Puig, one of the rising stars of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be the subject for a Hollywood movie, reported “The Hollywood Reporter,” with RatPack Entertainment as the producers.

Isabel Allende on Gabriel García Márquez in Exclusive Interview

April 18, 2014 | 1 Comment »

In an exclusive interview, Chilean novelist Isabel Allende remembers the life and legacy of late writer Gabriel García Márquez. She reads from his landmark novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and talks about how García Márquez influenced generations of thinkers and writers in Latin America and across the world.

Cuba’s Low-Budget Film Festival: Coming Attractions

April 16, 2014 | No Comments »

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.

Crematorium, or the Funeral of All Cubans

April 10, 2014 | No Comments »

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.