A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is, it never shows up. While a number of busses pass by the station, and others ... See full summary »
Juan Carlos Tabío
A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »
Okay, here's the situation. I was born in Havana. That makes me Cuban. But, I was raised in little Havana, which makes me Cuban-American. However, since I don't see Castro as the root of ... See full summary »
A young girl's academic asperation conflict with her family's struggle against poverty. Both these aspects are made all the more potent by the clear view they have of Ernest Hemingway's mansion in their home town just outside Havana.
This study of Cuba--partially written by renowned poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko--captures the island just before it made the transition to a post-revolutionary society. Moving from city to ... See full summary »
When her country is taken over by socialist revolutionaries, a wealthy woman can't bear to give up all of her wealth and possessions to the new government, so she hides all of her treasures... See full summary »
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
A theater director and script-writer falls for a female worker from the Havana docks, but his machismo, social and working conflicts, and the Cuban woman's condition interfere with their ... See full summary »
Eunice is a teenage girl who is running away from her father's sexual harassment. Alejandro is a young rocker who breaks into a drugstore and escapes to Havana with a couple of friends. ... See full summary »
Blanca Rosa Blanco
Based on the life of Benny Moré, the film concentrates on a period in the early 1950s when Moré leaves the orchestra of Duany and starts his own 'Banda Gigante'. In flashback we learn of ... See full summary »
It is necessary to have a very good imagination and knowledge of the scenarios in order to make such a shocking and interesting film without any dialogue. It only shows the lives and daily tasks of several people in Havana. I do not say "poor" people because I do not know who is rich or wealthy in Havana. The director showed the reality of the lives of these people, and I do not agree with those who say that this film was to denounce the critical poor situation in Cuba. No, showing the reality and the truth cannot be a denunciation. The fact is that here one can observe how Havana is coming down day by day, it is a city showing the same level of destruction of any other city that suffered war. However, Havana never suffered any war. The houses of the town are in a very tragic situation, colorless and the walls demanding immediate restoration. It is sad to see the walking sides of Malecón avenue with its stony walls in very bad state. And the people are poorer than ever. It will take decades to restore Havana city and the country. It is amazingly incredible that Academy Awards of 2003 did not include this film among the candidates for the best foreign film. Let´s hope it can be included for the next 2004. The film is very original and an excellent material for all those who want to know the present Cuba.
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