Bildner Center’s Cuban Film Series Presents “Suite Habana”


As part of the Bildner Center’s Cuban Film Series focusing on the Special Period, this event features the screening of Fernando Pérez’s Suite Habana (2003) followed by a panel discussion. Discussants will be announced. This event is curated by Professor Jerry Carlson of The City College of New York and Graduate Center. It will take place on Friday, September 12, at 6:30pm, at the Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center (located at 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, New York).

Description: “Interpreting Suite Habana” (excerpt from Thinking from Cuba—sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia)

Perhaps no movie lends itself more to the arguments of perspectivism than Suite Habana. Without a single incidence of dialogue between any of the characters in the movie, its director, Fernando Perez, presents the audience with 75 minutes of images and music that can be interpreted in a million different ways by each of the individuals sitting in front of the screen. There is no ultimate meaning behind the movie because it is open for interpretation.

Perez paints a non-verbal (silence) picture of the lives of ten ordinary Cubans in the city of Havana. The only information the director presents of them in brief subtitle is their name, age, and at the end of the movie their stated dreams. They vary in age and occupation, ranging from an old woman selling peanuts on the streets to a mentally challenged boy taken care of by his family and school. Eclectic glimpses into the everyday moments form one cohesive representation of the different types of lives found within the city limits of Havana. Suite Habana reveals both the difficulties and pleasures of living in Cuba. [. . .]

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