New Film: Rubén Abruña’s “La casa ausente”


La casa ausente, a documentary film by Rubén Abruña (Puerto Rico) has been chosen to participate in the International Festival of New Latin American Film in a program entitled “Ciudades y otros paisajes” [Cities and other landscapes] which is part if the section “Latinoamérica en perspectiva” [Latin America in Perspective] (also see previous posts Film Project: Rubén Abruña “La casa ausente/The Absent House” and

La casa ausente has been received with great enthusiasm in Cuba. In Puerto Rico, its premier is slated for February 2014. Furthermore, the film’s poster, designed by Puerto Rican graphic artist Julio C. Arraut, was selected to participate in the festival’s poster competition [see previous post Film Posters Compete at Havana’s 35th Festival of New Latin American Cinema].

Other documentary films from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean include Digna Guerra (Marcel Beltrán), El abuelo de Macondo (Hugo Prado Villegas), Encuentro (Azra Jasarevic), La casona (Juliette Touin), La tarea (Rhiannon Stevens), and Mi amigo Manolo (Gloria Argüelles), all from Cuba; Libres para amar (Jorge Oliver) from Puerto Rico; and Somos buzos-One Hundred Fires (Isabelle Carbonell) from the Dominican Republic.

Description: La Casa Ausente/The Absent House is the story of the first sustainable house in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The house is totally independent from the electric, water and sewer authorities. It derives its energy from the sun, it satisfies its water needs from the rain, and recycles all human wastes. In the process of presenting the house, the film also delves into the sustainable work of architect Fernando Abruña Charneco, a disciple of Buckminster Fuller, the Da Vinci of the XX Century. Abruña Charneco has designed many sustainable buildings, like La Casa Ausente, by doing more with less (which Fuller referred to as ephemeralization). Abruña Charneco also designed the first sustainable public school in Puerto Rico, and recently launched the prototype of a solar-electric car. Parallel to this work, he has engaged in futuristic architecture, designing for the next century, and subverting the concept of housing that modern society has traditionally embraced.

The director points out that the sustainable work of Abruña Charneco “confirms that we have to change our habits in order to cope with the challenges of climate change” and that considering that “40% of all gases that cause climate change come from buildings . . . architects have a crucial responsibility.”

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