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Cuban Cinema at the Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival

Posted on November 27, 2017

The CARIBBEAN CINEMAS Special Program: VISIONS OF THE RUIN, THE SUBMERGED AND THE EMERGING, will show a panorama of productions from different countries in which the Caribbean is more than a geographical or cultural area, and it becomes a multi-layered experience, extraterritorial and universal

The 57th edition of the International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias -FICCI- brings this program with which it seeks to be a bridge and port for the exchange between the cultures of the Caribbean region, which each year hosts the festival and which surrounds it with its charm, its cultural diversity, its contradictions, and its varied and rich narratives. The CINES DEL CARIBE Special Program: VISIONS OF THE RUIN, THE SUBMERGED AND THE EMERGING, will show a panorama of productions from different countries in which the Caribbean is more than a geographical or cultural area, and it becomes a multi-layered experience, extraterritorial and universal.

CINEMAS DEL CARIBE: VISIONS OF THE RUIN, THE SUBMERGED AND THE EMERGING had the curatorship of Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián, doctor from the University of New York (NYU), director of the master's degree in visual arts and culture at the Center for Visual Arts and Culture at the University of Durham, England, who has focused as a researcher on cultures insular and Caribbean. His curatorship will bring spectators closer to the conflicting imaginaries and narratives that characterize the Caribbean, both that of experience and that of cultural thought: island / continent; inside Outside; plantation / port city; insular experience / cosmopolitan vision; tourist paradise / sociocultural hell; tropical cabaret / sociopolitical rigidity. A Caribbean marked by contact, sometimes tragic or oppressive with land, water and air.

The FICCI is a celebration of the Caribbean, which carries in its essence the culture of this region that expands throughout the world. It takes Cartagena as its headquarters, but embraces all the Caribbean wealth in which nature stands out as a force that, as it provides resources, has the capacity to destroy everything with its fury, to produce ruins and submerge realities, but also a complex history social and political mix, migration, dictatorships and revolutions. An intense mobility linked to a permanent statism. In the Caribbean there is a multiplicity of stories and universes that fuse happiness with tragedy, material poverty with the inexhaustible creativity of its people, and a host of other realities.

The Program will present eight productions, as varied as the region. The restored version of the Cuban and Latin American classic Memorias del Subdesarrollo (1968) by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea will be exhibited, which presents a lucid and ironic view of Cuban society and the revolutionary energy of the 1960s, from the perspective of an isolated bourgeois. Caballos (Cuba, 2015), first film by Fabián Suárez, who revisits the historical and aesthetic experience of Gutiérrez Alea's masterpiece from new points of view.

To open the panorama and the discussion on the current Caribbean, three recent productions will be screened: in Meurtre à Pacot (Assassination in Pacot, 2014) of the Haitian Raoul Peck, a man tries to reinvent his life after the great earthquake that affected that country; Beira-Mar (Brazil, 2015) by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, accompanies the amorous exploration of two young people at the gates of adulthood; and the Mexican documentary Ruinas tu Reino (2016) by Pablo Escoto, records a round trip of a group of fishermen across the Gulf of Mexico.

Closing the show of films produced in the region will be the Dominican documentary Jeffrey (Dominican Republic and France, 2016) by Yanillys Pérez, who approaches the harsh realities of child poverty. Finally, from the Colombian Caribbean, it will be the world premiere of Keyla (2016), directed by Viviana Gómez Echeverry and filmed on Providencia Island, seen here from a teenage and feminine universe of losses and reunions.

Finally, and as an opening to a suggestive insular counterpoint, there will be the multi-talented Taiwanese film Stray Dogs (Perros de la Calle, 2013), in which an alcoholic father and his two children try to improve their lives in an environment that goes from the forests and the rivers to the streets of a city devastated by capitalism.

Taken from: http://ficcifestival.com/noticia.php?c=1$$-1$$-qm4nNEHfdm50tyPnwA09MBXG3C6fwm

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