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Interview with Greg Klave director Second Annual Cuban Film Festival (CFF) Twin Cities, Minneapolis

While many filmgoers in the Twin Cities look forward to the annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF), taking place in six weeks, there are a few other film festivals upcoming, including the Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival and the Italian Film Festival, which both start at the end of March. At the present time, the Second Annual Cuban Film Festival (CFF) is taking place at St. Anthony Main Theatre, for the next five Thursdays (the first screening was last Thursday).
Greg Klave, the festival curator, has brought six Cuban films to the Twin Cities. I wanted to ask Greg a few questions about the Cuban Film Festival, how to get involved, support from the Twin Cities, and why most Americans are not allowed to travel to Cuba.

This is the second year of the CFF. How was the turnout last year?
The first year we had a surprising response from the community, with two of the shows sold out and many turned away. Two of the others were close to sell-outs, and the others had a respectable turnout, with over half the theater seats filled. Our discussion groups after the films about the movie and the history of U.S./Cuban relations were also well-attended, and people enjoyed them immensely. We get so much propaganda from (more…)

06/03/2011 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Film of the week “Ticket to Paradise” by Gerardo Chijona

Director Gerardo Chijona Valdes guides the actors to realistic performances, though the Cuban drama’s last third begins to feel contrived.
Based on actual events following the dissolution of the USSR and ensuing economic chaos in Cuba, Gerardo Chijona Valdes’ feature Ticket to Paradise is anything but, depicting the often harrowing struggles of neglected teens trying to survive on the streets amidst of a faltering economy. A perceptive and sensitive portrayal of a runaway country girl’s coming of age, the film will find a home with (more…)

19/02/2011 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Cuban filmmakers at the Traverse City Film Festival

El Cuerno de la Abundancia

A Cuban delegation of filmmakers traveled to the United States to participate in the Traverse City Film Festival founded by American documentary director Michael Moore.
During the inauguration of the event, Michael Moore exhorted the public to watch the Cuban films included in the program of the event and introduced actress Mirtha Ibarra and director Ian Padrón, and gave them the Key to the City in recognition of their work and career. Also in Michigan was another prestigious Cuban movie director, Juan Carlos Cremata, whose full-length film Viva Cuba, co-directed with Iraida Malberti, was also included in the program of the Festival.
Other Cuban films to be screened include El Cuerno de la abundancia (The Horn of Plenty), by Juan Carlos Tabío; Fuera de Liga (Out of the League), by Ian Padrón; and Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate), by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío. Furthermore, all members of the island’s delegation will participate in a panel entitled ‘We Live in Cuba and We Make Films’. (more…)

17/08/2010 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Film of the week: Apaporis

APAPORIS: In search of one river (documentary) from FUNDACIÓN IMAGEN LATINA on Vimeo.

A Fundacion Imagen Latina production. Produced by Alberto Dorado. Directed, written by Antonio Dorado Z.
With: Wade Davis, Antonio Dorado, Gustavo Rojas Pachacuari, Rondon Tanimuca.
(English, Spanish, Cubeo dialogue)
Colombian helmer Antonio Dorado Z. ventures forth to retrace the 1942 journey of famed American botanist Richard Schultes“Apaporis.” through the Amazon (more…)

13/08/2010 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Cuban producer Juan Carlos Cremata move the audience at the Film Festival of Traverse City

Viva Cuba

Participants in a talk about Cuban cinema convened by the Film Festival of Traverse City, in the US state of Michigan, were moved after knowing that the United States protects two confessed terrorists, who enjoy freedom in Florida.
While speaking at the colloquium, Juan Carlos Cremata, who brought to this city his film Viva Cuba (Long Live Cuba), (more…)

04/08/2010 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

For What Are We Cubans Prepared?

The Future is ours. Photo: Kate Forrester

Recently I had the privilege of attending a special presentation and discussion on the film “Memories of Development,” by a Cuban director who lives in the United States, Miguel Coyula.  This presentation of this film, inspired by Edmundo Desnoes’s novel of the same name, was carried out within the discussion forum “Seeing Is Believing,” sponsored by the Cinema, Radio and Television Association of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba.
The discussion was conducted in the presence of the director as well as (more…)

29/07/2010 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

El actor cubano Jorge Perugorría dirige en Cuba una película musical

El actor cubano Jorge Perugorría dirige en Cuba una película musical protagonizada por la cantante Cucu Diamantes, a propósito de la primera gira que realiza la artista por la isla y que finalizará este domingo con un concierto en La Habana.

Perugorría, que debutó tras las cámaras en 2009 con el filme ‘Afinidades‘, aún por estrenar, anunció a medios oficiales cubanos que su nueva cinta es “un sueño hecho realidad” y un “homenaje” al cine cubano, aprovechando los conciertos de su compatriota por todo el país.

“Primero pensamos hacer un documental, pero después surgió la idea de filmar una historia de ficción paralela al viaje de ellos, donde la protagonista es la música de Cucu y su viaje por la isla”, indicó el actor, que saltó a la fama con la película cubana ‘Fresa y chocolate‘ (1994), de Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.

La producción, que se titula ‘Amor Crónico‘, está enmarcada en el género musical y contará una historia diferente ubicada en cada una de las provincias donde ha actuado Cucu Diamantes desde que inició su tour por Cuba, el pasado 28 de abril, con el espectáculo “Bienvenidos a Cuculand“.

Residente en Estados Unidos desde 1991, la cantautora cubana se dio a conocer en ese país como vocalista del grupo Yerba Buena, pero solo saltó a la fama en la isla tras su participación en el concierto Paz sin Fronteras que lideró el colombiano Juanes en la Plaza de la Revolución de La Habana, en septiembre pasado.

La artista lanzó en 2009 “Cuculand“, su primer álbum en solitario, en el que fusiona ritmos como conga, cumbia, tango, hip hop, son, flamenco, samba y rock.

Su gira por la isla ha incluido conciertos en las ciudades de Bayamo, Santiago de Cuba, Gibara, Camagüey, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos y Matanzas, y está previsto que finalice en el Teatro Nacional de La Habana.

09/05/2010 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

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