HAPPY 500TH BIRTHDAY, HAVANA!

THE CITY ON FILM

Cuban cinema has a history of making the city of Havana the star of the show. In this retrospective, organized by curator of the Cuban Film Archives (Cinemateca de Cuba) Luciano Castillo, Havana and its architecture play a central role in films spanning from the 1960s to today.  Some of the older films, which have been subtitled and digitized for this momentous event, will screen in the U.S. for the first time.

Schedule of films featured:

AMC LOEWS 34th ST 4/10 @ 7:00 PM

MEMORIAS DEL SUBDESARROLLO
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Cuba | 1968 | Fiction | 97min
Writer Edmundo Desnoes present for Q&A
A true classic of Cuban cinematography, Guiterrez Alea’s film will be screened in a restored and remastered version. An introspective drama set in the midst of the missile crisis, it tells the story of a privileged bourgeois who decides to stay in Havana after his family leaves the island seeking exile in Miami.

NY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 4/6 @3:00 PM

EL SITIO EN QUE TAN BIEN SE ESTA
Marisol Trujillo | 1978 | 20 min
To commemorate the 460th anniversary of the founding of Havana, the poet Eliseo Diego, the painter René Portocarrero, and the historian Eusebio Leal speak of the city, charmed by its lights, shadows, and cultural values.
LA HABANA DE ALEJO CARPENTIER
Bernabé Hernández | 1989 | 13 min
The Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier offers a vision of Havana and the places that inspired him to write his novels referring to the city of his childhood and describing its architectural aspects.
RETRATO DE LA HABANA
Humberto Solás | 1998 | 13 min
A look at Havana through the poetic eye of a filmmaker, forever enchanted by this city in which he was born.

NY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 4/8 @ 6:30 PM

Fernando Perez | Cuba | 2003 | Documentary | 89 min
Pérez captures snippets of Havana and the colorful lives of ordinary Cubans in this award-winning film. With no dialogue and only sound and images to carry the plot, the film transcends the day-to-day of life in Havana. The New York Times calls the documentary, an “intermittently beautiful tone poem on film”.