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Film Screening: Suite Habana (part of the Havana Film Festival 40-Year Retrospective during Artes de Cuba)

Sunday, May 13, 2018 4:00 PM

ARTES DE CUBA: From the Island to the World

Part of a day featuring festival awardees, this is one of six films chosen to highlight the festival's history. This slice-of-life documentary chronicles the simple lives of various people in Havana with minimal action or dialogue.

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Suite Habana (2003)
Directed by Fernando Pérez
This slice-of-life documentary chronicles the simple lives of various people in Havana with minimal action or dialogue. Some of the subjects include: an old woman who sells peanuts on the street; a man who cares for an elderly woman by day and plays saxophone by night; a doctor who aspires to be an actor; and a construction worker whose true passion is dancing ballet.
Rated NR, 84 minutes
With English subtitles
Primer Premio Coral, 2003

Please note that all of the films contain mature content and are recommended for ages 18 years and older.

See below for links to tickets for other films as part of the retrospective.

The International Festival of the New Latin American Film in Havana (aka Havana Film Festival) takes place every year during the first half of December. From the late 1970s to the present day, this festival enchants world audiences and attracts numerous producers, directors, actors, and enthusiastic fans to Havana. Ivan Giroud, president of the Havana Film Festival, is considered one of the most qualified specialists in Latin American cinema. For Artes de Cuba, Giroud selected six films to highlight the history of the festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018.

May 12: Classicos del Cine Cubano (Classics of Cuban Cinema):

1 p.m. – Memorias del Subdesarrollo (1968). Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (96 min.). Copia Restaurada por Fundación de Martin Scorsese en 2015.
4 p.m. – Retrato De Teresa (1979). Pastor Vega (103 min.).
7:30 p.m. – Lucía (1968). Humberto Solas (160 min.).

May 13: Premios del Festival de Cine de la Habana (Havana Film Festival Awardees):
1 p.m. – Fresa y Chocolate (1994). Tomás Gutiérrez Alea y Juan Carlos Tabio (108 min.). Primer Premio Coral, 1993.
4 p.m. – Suite Habana (this page)
7:30 p.m. – Conducta (2013). Ernesto Daranas (108 min.). Primer Premio Coral, 2014.

Ivan Giroud, president of the Havana Film Festival, on his selections for Artes de Cuba:
”The May 12 program includes two inarguably classic works of Cuban cinema from 1968, by Alea and Solás, which have been restored thanks to the Film Foundation overseen by Martin Scorsese. I completed the triad with a paradigmatic 1979 film from Vega—a movie that generated a rare debate for Cuban society with a theme that returns to the forefront of public discourse today: women’s equal rights. For May 13, I selected three films that each received the Grand Coral Prize from the festival; films that could be watched repeatedly in a forced attempt to convert Havana into the indisputable protagonist, the city as the center.

“From these six films, one can draw many connections and interrelations that are cultural, historical, social, and human. Apart from the pure enjoyment and emotion they are guaranteed to generate, the films help reveal the past and present of a nation whose cinematography has, from the start, assumed the responsibility of—among other high aspirations—mapping its history, dreams, battles, challenges, doubts, and frustrations.”

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