|Cuban Movie Festival 2010||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Minnesota Cuba Committee (mncubagmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:35:48 -0800 (PST)|
*Cuban Movie Festival 2010* 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 4–April 8 St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street, SE, Minneapolis http://www.stanthonymaintheatre.com/ Free parking in ramp at 2nd Street SE and 2nd Avenue SE Admission: $6; 4 for $20 Festival Reception Thursday, March 11, 4:00 pm –7 pm Music and hors d'oeuvres Picosa restaurant, next to the theater Sponsored by Dialog One translation services www.dialog-one.com *March 4 ––Clandestinos (Living Dangerously) by Fernando Perez* Satisfying as both a political thriller and a love story, this feature film by Fernando Pérez is so naturally realized that it avoids being didactic even as it commemorates events of the Cuban Revolution. Anti-Batista activists move from one safe house to another, trying to elude a relentless police commissioner. Their leader (Luis Alberto García), hardened by prison and torture, is suspicious of nearly everyone but gradually falls for his newest recruit, a headstrong idealist (Isabel Santos of El Benny). The climactic rooftop chase is well choreographed and edited, and Edesio Alejandro’s surging score recalls early Isaac Hayes. 103 minutes. General audience discussion of film after screening with U of M Political Science Professor August Nimtz, who is currently researching material for a documentary film on the subject of the urban front of the Cuban Revolution. Pracna on Main, next to the theater. * March 11–El Benny by Jorge Luis Sánchez* Music and dancing were like drugs in Cuba in the 1950s, and Benny Moré was the most intoxicating entertainer of that time, according to Jorge Luis Sánchez’ colorfully entertaining new biopic El Benny. Screened in competition at the Locarno International Film Festival following its world premiere in Havana on July 22, the film depicts Moré as a man of the people whose swinging, mambo-infected jazz made him a household name in Latin America. With a soundtrack featuring top-line Cuban performers, the film is cut from the same cloth as hit musical biographies Ray and Walk the Line, and, given the chance, it should make a substantial claim on that audience. Wear your dancing shoes! 120 minutes. General audience discussion with Gloria (La Niña) Rivera, a professional Cuban singer and musician, and Rene Thompson, Cuban dancer and musician, both well recognized in the Americas for their talent and knowledge of the history of Cuban music. Pracna on Main, next to the theater. *March 18 – The Last Supper* *(La Ultima Cena) by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea* The Last Supper is set on a sugar plantation in late 18th century Cuba during the Easter Holy Week, and is based on an actual event. The owner of the plantation is a count (Nelson Villagra), who picks 12 slaves to share a feast with him in honor of the Last Supper, with himself as the benevolent Christ-figure, in order to teach the slaves a lesson in the humility and grace of Our Lord. An audacious undertaking by one of Cuba’s greatest directors (Memories of Underdevelopment), the gamble pays off handsomely. A brilliant and biting mix of perfumed language and oral history, hypocrisy and harsh reality, oppression and resistance. 120 minutes. General audience discussion with Raudemar Hernandez Abreu, priest of Ifa and president of Minnesota/Cuba Yoruba Association, and Raul Marerro-Fente, U of M professor of Spanish literature, who will share thoughts on Spanish and African impact on racial issues in Cuba today. Pracna on Main, next to the theater. * March 25 – The Waiting List* *(Lista de Espera) by Juan Carlos Tabío* Mixing sharp social commentary and comedy, director Juan Carlos Tabío (Strawberry and Chocolate, The Waiting List) brings together a cast of characters who possess drastically different personalities, yet find much in common while they wait (and wait, and wait) for a bus to Santiago. As each person enters the terminal, he or she must sign a waiting list for the next bus. Reflecting the unwieldy nature of Cuba’s problems, the line grows longer, and the only buses that seem to stop are full or broken down. As the passengers get to know each other, romance develops, friendships form, and the bus station becomes more than a bus station--an undertaking that echoes Cuban governmental calls for grassroots efforts toward community improvement.105 minutes. General audience discussion of film after screening with Gary Prevost, Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict, who will share his research and experience with Cuba’s social democracy and the people’s power government in Cuba. Pracna on Main, next to the theater. *April 1 – Viva Cuba by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti* In a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet, the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents’ differences. Malu is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito. Jorgito’s mother is a poor socialist, proud of her family’s social standing, who places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malu and Jorgito. When the children learn that Malu’s mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to travel to the other side of the island to find Malu’s father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it. Juan Carlos Cremata’s two young stars are captivating, real naturals the camera can’t resist. You’ll remember them long after you’ve left the theater. Viva Cuba won 34 national and international awards in all. 80 minutes. General audience discussion of film after screening with Gary Prevost, Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict, who will facilitate discussion on the Cuban Adjustment Act and the Cuban educational system which provides the highest levels of education to all Cubans for free. Pracna on Main, next to the theater. *April 8–Suite Havana by Fernando Pérez* Fernando Pérez’s masterful 2003 film is all the more lyrical for his decision to bypass narration. Through a gradual accretion of contemplative shots, Pérez interweaves studies of a diverse selection of Havanans, including a railroad worker, a peanut vendor, a ballet dancer, and an architect. A lyrical, meticulously-crafted homage to the battered but resilient inhabitants of a battered but resilient city, Pérez’s Suite Havana fuses fiction and documentary, shunning the sun ‘n’ salsa clichés of La Isla. Havana’s weathered facades and seafront bear mute witness to the ebb and flow of its people’s lives and the persistence of their dreams. Cuba’s newspaper Granma praised it as “one of the most important films in the history of Cuban cinema,” while a Catholic priest urged his parishioners to go and see Suite Havana for its “eloquent and revealing images of daily life in Cuba today.” 90 minutes. General audience discussion with Professor Charlie Sugnet, U of M English Department, sharing thoughts on the impact of Cuban cinema on developing country’s cinema industry from Latin America to Africa. Pracna on Main, next to the theater. * SPONSORS* Minnesota Cuba Committee–www.MinnesotaCubaCommittee.org<http://www.minnesotacubacommittee.org/> Resource Center of the Americas–www.americas.org Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral–www.ourcathedral.org Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota–www.igs.cla.umn.edu Common Good Books–www.commongoodbooks.com El Meson Restaurant–www.elmesonbistro.net Dialog One (translation services)–www.dialog-one.com Victor's 1959 Café–www.victors1959cafe.com Mediterranean Cruise Café–www.medcruisecafe.com René Cuban Style Dance Studio–renedance.com Minnesota Film Arts–www.mnfilmarts.org *Raudemar Hernández Abreu **(La Asociación Yoruba Cuba de Minnesota) * <http://www.mnfilmarts.org/>*Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church*- www.HennepinChurch.org <http://www.hennepinchurch.org/>*Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Minnesota http://spanport.umn.edu* More information: www.MinnesotaCubaCommittee.org MnCuba [at] gmail.com–763-228-2899
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