2003, Fernando Pérez Valdes, Cuba, 85 min.
- Fri, Nov 25th 6:30pm
- Tue, Nov 29th 6:00pm
"What’s so rich about this work is its meticulously complete picture of a city caught between decay and reconstruction." — Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
This semi-documentary collage of Havana tracks ten individuals over the course of a single day. Contemporary Cuba has been defined by the “Special Period in Peacetime,” which began in 1989 with the collapse of the Soviet Union and its economic support. HAVANA SUITE is not strictly a documentary, but it nonetheless offers rapturous images of a desiccated capital nearly forty years on from the Embargo. We will review the history of the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos, or ICAIC, the heart of the country’s state-funded film industry, and consider Pérez Valdes’s approach in comparison with Revolutionary Cuban cinema’s oscillation between propaganda and nuanced expression in Santiago Álvarez’s shorts, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT (1968), and contemporary examples such as Ernesto Daranas’ CONDUCTA (2014). In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm. (Daniel R. Quiles)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29: Lecture by Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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