A post by Peter Jordens.
With the 70th Cannes Film Festival currently taking place (May 17-28), here is a partial overview of the presence at that annual festival of films from/about Cuba, which country probably has the Caribbean region’s most vital cinematic tradition.
As mentioned in our recent post, the classic Lucía (by Humberto Solás, originally released in 1968) is being screened in the ‘Cannes Classics’ section this year (2017), while Memorias del subdesarrollo (by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, also from 1968) was included in that category in 2016. https://repeatingislands.com/2017/05/19/lucia-emblematic-cuban-film-in-cannes-film-festival
In 2015, Anfibio (by Héctor Silva Núñez, a Venezuelan student at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in Cuba) was included in the ‘Cinéfondation’ section, comprising a selection of 18 short movies by students from film schools around the world. Source: https://entretenimiento.terra.cl/cultura/argentina-cuba-chile-y-espana-a-cannes,2473b7ac7ecbc410VgnCLD200000b2bf46d0RCRD.html
In 2014, the ‘Short Film Corner’ at Cannes presented two Cuban films: La muerte del gato (by Lilo Vilaplana) and Café templado (by Raúl Capote Braña). Sources: http://cromos.elespectador.com/jscroll_view_entity/node/1103/full, respectively http://www.granma.cu/cultura/2014-05-11/raul-capote-brana-debutara-en-el-festival-de-la-riviera-francesa and http://oncubamagazine.com/cultura/cafe-templado-corto-cubano-en-el-festival-de-cannes
In 2005, Viva Cuba (by Juan Carlos Cremata and Iraida Malberti Cabrera) won the ‘Grand Prix Écrans Juniors’ for children’s cinema. Source: http://elpais.com/diario/2006/05/26/cine/1148594409_850215.html. Meanwhile, Habana Blues (by Spanish director Benito Zambrano, set in Cuba) competed in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section.
In 2003, a restored copy of Soy Cuba (by USSR director Mikhail Kalatozov, co-written by Enrique Pineda Barnet from Cuba and Yevgeny Yevtushenko from the USSR, originally released in 1964) was screened at Cannes. Source: http://www.elperiodicomediterraneo.com/noticias/espectaculos/filme-maldito-soy-cuba-proyecto-fin-cannes_52952.html