Winter 2013 Cuban Film Series

Winter 2013 Cuban Film Festival

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Sponsored by: Northern Michigan University / Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

La ultima cena

La última cena (“The Last Supper”) (1976) (110 minutes)

Date: March 13
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Jamrich 216

Details: The film, based on a true historical event, tells the story of a sugarcane plantation owner during the Spanish colonial period in Cuba. He decides to recreate the Biblical Last Supper using twelve of his slaves, hoping to thus teach the slaves about Christianity. Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. English subtitles. Free admission.


Maluala (1979) (80 minutes)

Date: March 20
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Jamrich 216

Details: In the early-mid 1800s runaway African slaves (cimarrones) hide in settlements (palenques) in the eastern mountains of Cuba. Palenque chiefs are divided when they receive an enticing offer from the Spanish Governor. Maluala is part of a trilogy of films about slave uprisings made by Afro-Cuban director Sergio Giral. English subtitles. Free admission.

Hello Hemingway

Hello, Hemingway (1990) (84 minutes)

Date: March 27
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Jamrich 216

Details: 1950s Havana. Larita longs to study in the United States and become a great writer like her neighbor Ernest Hemingway. However, she comes from a poor family, and they would prefer that she quit school and get a job to help support the family. Larita’s boyfriend Victor works to organize a student association at their school. Directed by Fernando Pérez. English subtitles. Free admission.


Clandestinos (“Underground”) (1987) (89 minutes)

Date: April 3
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Jamrich 216

Details: 1950s Havana. Two young revolutionary couples work to overthrow the Batista government and end up fighting for their lives against Batista’s secret service. Based on actual events. Directed by Fernando Pérez. English subtitles. Free admission.

Las 12 sillas

Las doce sillas (“The Twelve Chairs”) (1962) (90 minutes)

Date: April 10
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Jamrich 216

Details: This comedy, based on a 1928 Soviet book by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov, takes place shortly after the “triumph of the revolution,” when property belonging to the wealthy was nationalized by the Cuban government. An old woman hides the family jewels in one of twelve identical chairs. On her deathbed she tells her son-in-law Hipólito about the jewels, but the chairs have already been confiscated by government officials. Hipólito and Óscar, a former servant, set out to find the missing jewels together. Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. English subtitles. Free admission.

Azucar amarga

Azúcar amarga (“Bitter Sugar”) (1996) (102 minutes)

Date: April 17
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Jamrich 216

Details: 1990s Havana. Gustavo, an idealistic young communist who hopes to study aeronautical engineering in Prague, falls in love with Yolanda, a dancer who longs to escape to Miami. However, Gustavo grows more and more disenchanted by the problems that he sees around him. Directed by Cuban exile Leon Ichaso. English subtitles. Free admission.

Viva Cuba

Viva Cuba (“Long Live Cuba”) (2007) (80 minutes)

Date: April 24
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Jamrich 216

Details: Modern-day Cuba. Malú’s upper-class mother doesn’t want her to play with Jorgito. Jorgito’s proud socialist mother doesn’t want him to play with Malú. When the children find out that Malú’s mother is planning to take her to the U.S., they go in search of Malú’s father, who could refuse to allow it. Directed by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti. English subtitles. Free admission.


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