New Books: Ediciones La Memoria Launches Three New Texts on Cuban Cinema


María Fernanda Ferrer writes that Ediciones La Memoria, part of the Pablo de la Torriente Brau Cultural Center, presented three new books on film during the 36 International Festival of New Latin American Cinema [36 Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano] in Havana, Cuba. The three new books are: Diseño de una vida: Memorias de María Elena Molinet [Design of a Life: Memoirs of María Elena Molinet] by Estrella Díaz; Diario de una imagen [Diary of an Image], by Jorge R. Bermúdez; and Oscar Valdés: el sentido del cine [Oscar Valdés: The Meaning of Film], by Ana Busquets Fariña. Ferrer writes:

In Diseño de una vida. Memorias de María Elena Molinet, authored by Estrella Díaz, the reader will find, in a concentrated way, touches and flashes of the life of a woman who lived and strummed the beat of her time and her era: María Elena Molinet, undoubtedly one of the most important designers of Cuba. She tells stories, evokes, questions, and judges her own work, which was closely related to the most noteworthy cultural events in the last few decades of the 20th century in our country. The text, written in colloquial language, includes about fifty designs by Molinet during her long and fruitful life as a designer for film and theater.

Diario de una imagen is an invitation to an unprecedented trip, whose main vehicles are images of Pablo de la Torriente Brau and the sensitivity and talent of Jorge R. Bermúdez. This is not a volume in which the photos serve to bolster the text. Here, words and images complement one another; they speak, the reveal, allowing us to follow the trajectory of Pablo’s life from his everyday existence—sometimes joyful, sometimes difficult—to his convictions and his greatness.


Oscar Valdés: el sentido del cine, written by Ana Busquets Fariña, recreates moments in the life of this tireless documentarian, who, despite the misunderstandings of which he was the subject in his creative life, managed to make films of immense artistic value and thematic variety. This text collects conversations, news reports, and articles on Valdés and his work, in addition to opinion pieces, in order to rescue him from oblivion and provide his rightful place on the pages of Cuban cinematic history.


For original article (in Spanish), see

See images included here (and an excellent review of Diseño de una vida) at

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