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Opening night film premiere, El Cuerno de la Abundancia (Horn of Plenty), a comedy by award winning Cuban filmmaker Juan Carlos Tabío and reception at The Directors Guild Theatre

50 years of the Development of Cuban Cinema
• Retrospective of Cuban master, Santiago Alvarez’ bold and unexpected images.
• Remembering Humberto Solas (1941-2008): Legendary filmmaker whose works encompassed key moments in Cuban and Latin American history
• Showcase of works by young Cuban filmmakers

Recent Puerto Rican Cinema: films by leading directors, Jacobo Morales, Raul Marchand, Edmundo Rodriguez, and Lilian Rosado

Stranger than Fiction:  A Tribute to award-winning Colombian director, Luis Ospina

Nuevas Miradas, New Views: the latest films produced by graduate students from the International School of Film and TV (EICTV), San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba

A selection of compelling documentaries

Premieres of award-winning films from the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano that takes place each December in Havana

Special programming for children at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Educational programs including panel discussions, workshops, and Q&A sessions with filmmakers

Events with Filmmakers

Receptions and parties with Latin American delegates

79 Primaveras / 79 Springtimes
79 Primaveras

Dir. Santiago Alvarez

Cuba. 1979. DVD. Documantary. 26 min.

KJCC 4/19 @ 3 pm

79 Primaveras
  • English
  • Spanish

79 Primaveras is a tribute to Ho Chi Minh; its title refers to his age at the time of his death. This is perhaps the most poetic film that Alvarez ever made, constructing and deconstructing images with virtuoso brilliance.

79 Primaveras es un tributo a Ho Chi Minh; el título hace alusión a la edad que tenía cuando murió. Ésta es tal vez la película más poética que Alvarez hizo, contruyendo y deconstruyendo imágenes con absoluta virtuosidad.

 

Dir. Santiago Alvarez

  • English
  • Spanish

“…handling it, touching it, is how I make a film, shot by shot, sequence by sequence. That way, I make sure I do not forget to mention good things.” Santiago Álvarez

Havana, 1919-1998. Santiago Álvarez was an influential figure in the development of Cuban cinema and - even after his death - remains the country's preeminent documentary filmmaker. He is known for his innovative genius. As a young man, Álvarez lived in New York City and studied at Columbia University. He washed dishes in Brooklyn, and also worked as miner in a small town of Italian immigrants near Philadelphia. He returned to Cuba in the mid-1940s and began working at a local television station as a music librarian. At that time, he was an active member of the communist party. Following the Cuban Revolution, the 40-year-old Álvarez began making documentaries, despite the fact that he had no formal training. In 1959, he co-founded the Instituto del Arte y Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC). For a time he was the head of the ICAIC's newsreel division. His works were closely related to the active presence of journalism, and the account of important historical events such the Viet Nam War and the 1961 mercenary invasion of Cuba. He excelled in use of the setting and soundtrack as indivisible parts of the dramatic action. His documentary Now (1965) about racial discrimination in the United States, has been considered by experts as the precursor of the current video clip. Some of his works are considered classic pieces of the contemporary cinematography. In his honor, the International Festival of Documentaries Santiago Álvarez in Memoriam is held each year in Santiago de Cuba. He died in Havana City on May 20, 1998.

"...Manipularla, tocarla, es como yo hago una película, filmando toma por toma, secuencia por secuencia. De esa manera, me aseguro de que no me olvide de mencionar las cosas buenas. " Santiago Álvarez

Nacido en La Habana, Santiago Álvarez (1919-1998), conocido por su genio innovador, fue una figura influyente en el desarrollo del cine cubano. Incluso después de su muerte, sigue siendo el preeminente documentalista del país. De joven, Álvarez vivió en Nueva York y asistió en la Universidad de Columbia. Lavó platos en Brooklyn y trabajó como minero en un pequeño pueblo de inmigrantes italianos, cerca de Filadelfia. Regresó a Cuba a mediados de los años 40 y comenzó a trabajar en una estación de televisión local como bibliotecario de la música. En ese momento, fue también miembro activo del partido comunista. Después de la Revolución Cubana, a los 40 años de edad, Alvarez comenzó a hacer documentales a pesar de que no tenía ninguna capacitación formal. En 1959, co-fundó el Instituto del Arte y Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC). Durante un tiempo fue el jefe de la división de noticias del ICAIC. Sus obras están estrechamente relacionadas con la presencia activa del periodismo y de importantes acontecimientos históricos como la Guerra de Vietnam y la invasión mercenaria de 1961 a Cuba. Se destacó en el uso del escenario y el de la banda sonora como partes indivisibles de la acción dramática. El documental NOW (1965), acerca de la discriminación racial en los Estados Unidos, ha sido considerado por los expertos como el antecedente del actual videoclip. Algunas de sus obras se consideran clásicas piezas de la cinematografía contemporánea. En su honor, el Festival Internacional de Documentales Santiago Álvarez in Memoriam se celebra cada año en Santiago de Cuba. Murió en La Habana el 20 de mayo de 1998.