Cuban cinema in London – Event: Barbican Center (london)
Yesterday night we had a great time in the Barbican Center in the Cine Cuba season… and the afterwards party in the Garden room – Mojitos and Rum….
Re-released as part of the Barbican’s Cine Cuba season, 1993’s Strawberry and Chocolate "is as refreshing in this week of cinematic stodge as the ice cream that gives the film its title" (Times, 4 stars). It follows the relationship between young Marxist David and the gay Diego, whom David is then recruited into spying on. Tomas Gutiérrez Alea’s comedy "brings together themes of political, sexual and cultural repression… it verges on the preachy, but it’s a generous and intriguing film" says The Independent (2 stars). It was also the first Cuban film with an overtly gay character, but the Evening Standard believes "its subject now reveals itself as political and social freedom in Castro’s Cuba" (4 stars). The Guardian sings its praises for being "the kind of material that modern films from Britain and the US would never dream of giving us… a thoughtful, sensual pleasure" (4 stars).
We had a great time with German Martinez and Isabel Ivars from Discover Latin America film festival in London, great people!!.
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