Tag Archives: Cuba

Viva Cuba (2005) Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti, Iraida Malberti Cabrera, Malú Tarrau Broche, Jorge Milo, Luisa María Jiménez Rodríquez, Comedy, Drama

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In a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet, the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents’ differences. Malu is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she thinks his background coarse and commonplace. Jorgito’s mother is a poor socialist that is proud of her family’s social standing. She places similar restriction on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malu and Jorgito. When the children learn that Malu’s mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to travel to the other side of the island to find Malu’s father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it.
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Viva (2015) Paddy Breathnach, Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Drama

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When everything is for sale, what’s the value of love? Jesus does make up for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreams of being a performer. When he finally gets his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face. The stranger is his father Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.
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Plácido / Plácido: The Blood of a Poet (1986) Sergio Giral, Miguel Benavides, Orlando Casín, Mireya Chapman, Drama

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A powerful drama portraying the dramatic story of Gabriel de la Concepcion Valdes (Placido), a slave descendent Cuban poet accused of leading a conspiracy against the Spanish colonial government. Preoccupied by the development of Afro-Hispanic artist and craftsmen of the mid 19th century, Placido was executed after living a short and controversial life as a man between two races and between a cruel reality and a dream of freedom.
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Madrigal (2007) Fernando Pérez, Carlos Enrique Almirante, Liety Chaviano, Ana de Armas, Luis Alberto García, Sci-Fi

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Madrigal is dedicated to René Clair. Why? In 1955, this French director made Les grands manœuvres (Summer Manœuvres), in which Gérard Philipe plays a young officer who accepts a bet that he can win the heart of Michèle Morgan, who plays the most beautiful and mysterious woman in town. Something that begins as a game for this rakish charmer, soon develops into a full-blown passion on both sides that ends dramatically as soon as the woman learns of the deception. Now genuinely in love with her, Gérard Philipe begs her forgiveness. As a sign of her mercy, she is to leave her window open when he parades past her house. However, the window remains resolutely closed. This is the end of the film as we know it. René Clair in fact had another ending in mind. It was never made because the producers felt it to be too tragic. In his version, a shocked and devastated Michèle Morgan turns on the gas in her room. On discovering her dead body, a servant opens the window. At this moment Gérard Philipe marches past, looks up, and believes his lover has forgiven him …
Madrigal preserves this ending in a love story set in modern-day Havana.
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Juan of the Dead (2011) Alejandro Brugués, Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Jorge Molina, Andros Perugorría, Action, Comedy, Horror

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Juan is a slacker trying to reconnect with his daughter, who plans to rejoin her mother in Miami. Lazaro, Juan’s friend, is trying to connect with his own son, a persistent womanizer. They begin to notice that locals are “going crazy”, killing people and eating their flesh, and the recently deceased are returning to life. The Cuban government and the media claim that the zombies are dissidents revolting against the government. Juan starts a business to profit off of killing the zombies, but the group may soon find their own lives at risk.
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