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Plantados, another anti-Cuban dud

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Here is just one sample of what was said about that film, at the time, in this case by Spanish critic Beatriz Maldivia: “The film is, in short, a string of endless dialogues, poorly written, totally unrelated, and with no other purpose other than allowing Andy Garcia and Cabrera Infante to disseminate a kind of dissertation on Cuba that would be rejected by any children’s magazine. It is cinematically – not only ideologically – null and void.”

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Pérez Ureta, goodbye to a master

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The first cinematographer in Cuba to win the National Film Award is the architect, in images, of a good number of Cuban films that remain forever in the imagination of viewers. Starting from scratch, film after film, Raúl Pérez Ureta got better, working to become an essential director of photography, to whose death, at 79 years of age, we can only respond by putting a hand to the chest and taking a long bow.

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Juan Carlos Tabío and the perfection he leaves us

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Arriving at the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Industry and Art (Icaic) in 1961 as a simple apprentice, Tabío made documentaries on various subjects before making his feature-length debut with Se permuta (1984), a film that inspired me, that very year, to write in these pages: “For Tabío it was important for viewers to not only have fun and laugh, but also reflect on what they were seeing, to feel part of the story and its possible solutions”

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First stage of Latin American Film Festival ends in Cuba

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The first stage of the 42nd International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema ends today in Cuba, but the event will remain open because its competition days will take place in March 2021. Dividing the festival in two phases was the solution its organizers found amid the difficult situation unleashed by Covid-19 worldwide.

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Sexual diversity in cinema

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While sexual diversity is present in contemporary filmmaking without the stigmas that once condemned it, the road to achieving freedom of expression has been long and tortuous. Cinema itself, conditioned by prejudice, has from the beginning opposed any sexual manifestation that was not considered “correct”.

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French Festival in Cuba to Screen 14 Films

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The 21st French Film Festival will premiere 14 contemporary French feature films from April 11th to 22nd, said organizers of the event. The festival has scheduled more than 100 screenings during two weeks, which totals 24 productions that include three documentaries, five classic feature films and one cartoon.

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Film and the October Revolution

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What is certain is that the Nazis were so impressed by the film directed by Sergei Eisenstein that they wanted an equivalent for their cause, without considering the insurmountable difficulty that such a venture entailed: Potemkin was not only the reflection of a new social world on the rise against oppression.

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Cuba: Passionate about film

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Waning cinema attendance is a phenomenon affecting today’s film industry, as spectators abandon theaters, preferring to watch movies in the comfort of their own homes. In Cuba however, although the number of cinemas has been declining, there still exists a genuine passion for film.

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December in Havana means movies

Sonia Bragas

What did you see today? For some. For others: How many did you see today? These are among the most frequent questions heard in Havana during the month of December, when hundreds of spectators went to the theaters, though they are but a few, belying the statement that “no one” goes to the movies. The dark theater, the big screen, still captivate.

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Danny Glover back in Cuba

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Today, U.S. actor Danny Glover arrived in Cuba, a country he has been visiting for over 20 years, and to which he always returns with an open heart ready to listen, learn and grow, reports Prensa Latina. Glover’s encounter with Gerardo Hernández, who he visited on many occasions while the decorated Hero of the Republic of Cuba was unjustly imprisoned in a California penitentiary, was a jovial one.