3rd Showcase of Dominican Cinema in Cuba


The 3rd Showcase of Dominican Cinema takes place from February 22 to 26, 2017, at La Rampa Theater in Havana, Cuba. In “From drama to dark humor,” Mayté Madruga Hernández (Cubacine) writes about the screenings, highlighting that the films that make up the show are an example of the country’s cinematographic production, which has increased both in quality and in quantity through the years. See my translation below and the original article via Cubacine.

Genres such as drama and comedy, in addition to an interesting and multi-award-winning documentary, will be shown in this program, in which dark humor is leitmotiv of many of the Dominican directors chosen for the show. It is worth mentioning that among the selection, there are films chosen by the Directorate General of Dominican Cinema to represent the country in the Goya and Oscar awards.

The event will open on Wednesday, February 22, at 8:00pm, with the dark humor thriller La Gunguna, una de canallas (2014), first feature film by Ernesto Alemany. It is a choral film that has as context the Caribbean world. [. . .]

With a similar tone, but as an homage to the classic films of dark cinema, the show will screen Detective Willy (2015) by José María Cabral. The film tells the plot of a village policeman, who will give everything to recover his job and prestige.

Another film to be screened is La familia Reyna (2015), Tito Rodríguez’s debut feature set in the Dominican countryside, which offers a story with optimistic tones and a colorful touch.

Other selections include Dólares de arena (2014), by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas; the documentary Tú y yo (2015), winner of the International Festival of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Directed by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, Tú y yo shows the conflict between the lives of a widow and her young maid, exploring power relations affected by loneliness, the need for company, and the lack of solidarity encouraged by society’s patriarchal framework.

For full article (in Spanish), see http://www.cubacine.cult.cu/articulo/2017/02/15/drama-al-humor-negro

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