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Habana Blues tells the story of Ruy and Tito, two young Cubans who share a similar dream: tobecome music stars. Their families and the same circle of friends keep them grounded and motivated. But their lives will be transforme by an international offer to record an album and perform abroad, causing dilemmas and affecting relations with their loved ones. Against a backdrop where humor and universal sentiments intertwine, Habana Blues is a beautiful metaphor about dignity, friendship and love.
- Habana Blues tells the story of Ruy and Tito, two young Cubans who share a similar dream: tobecome music stars. Their families and the same circle of friends keep them grounded and motivated. But their lives will be transforme by an international offer to record an album and perform abroad, causing dilemmas and affecting relations with their loved ones. Against a backdrop where humor and universal
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Magalis, Ignacio, Vivian, Miguelito and Santo: the leading characters of BARRIO CUBA are all human beings striving for a little happiness in La Habana. They live life to its fullest, propelling themselves over and over against an uncertain fate, searching for a way out. The harsh reality of the barrio contests them, but they never lose the hope of a better future, of regaining a lost love, or finding a new one, of improving themselves.
- Cast: Jorge Perugorria (Upcoming Steven Soderbergh Film, Guerrilla-The Che Guevara Story , and the Oscar Nominated, Strawberry & Chocolate ), Luisa Maria Jimenez ( I am Cuba ) & Mario Limonta (Ariel & Goya Award Winner, Miel Para Oshun ) Director: Humberto Solas (Cannes Film Festival Winner for Cecilia & Cuba s oficial Selection for the Academy Awards Un Hombre de xito ) Magalis, Ignacio, Vi
|Memories of Underdevelopment
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In a newly formed society driven by collective effort, the extended solipsism engaged by Sergio (Sergio Correri - I Am Cuba) allows him a paradoxical perspective. Like Dostoevsky's Underground Man, he is an acute observer of people, in a society he is himself utterly alienated from. Through Sergio, Memories of Underdevelopment chronicles a specific historical moment: situated between the Bay of Pigs invasions of April 1961 to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Sergio's family joins the mass exodus to Miami in the wake of the revolution. Choosing to remain behind, Sergio passes his time in frivolous womanizing despite being haunted by the notion of 'underdevelopment': the consciousness of a wealthy man in a nation beset by poverty.
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea became a shining star of Cuban cinema as a result of the commercial and critical success of Memories of Underdevelopment. Influenced by John Cassavetes and Alain Resnais, Alea fashioned a unique approach to film grammar which dissolved the lines between drama, documentary, essay and newsreel. Its legacy as a classic of world cinema is testified by its inclusion in Derek Malcolm's 100 greatest films of the 20th Century.
|Strawberry & Chocolate (Fresa Y Chocolate) - (Mr Bongo Films) (1994) [DVD]
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'I knew he was a homosexual,' David (Vladimir Cruz) says of Diego (Jorge Perugorria), 'there was chocolate and he chose strawberry.' The incident occurs at a sidewalk café in Havana in 1979. David is a shy teenager, a member of the Communist Youth League. His handsome features catch the eye of Diego, a considerably older intellectual aesthete. He brings him to his house in an attempt to impress the culturally inclined David with his library and record collection. Assigned to investigate Diego by his fellow party members, David instead becomes immersed in a tender friendship; opening his mind to an alternative way of life in Communist Cuba.
Strawberry & Chocolate represented a cultural milestone in its release in 1993. One of the most popular films in Cuba it achieved unparalleled international acclaim, becoming the first Cuban film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. Made in collaboration with Juan Carlos Tabio, Strawberry and Chocolate arrived near the end of Tomás Gutierrez Alea's career; a gentle comic work about friendship and coming-of-age which is also a staunch critique of homophobia.
|Fidel: The Untold Story
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Whether dismissed as a relic or revered as a savior, all agree that Fidel Castro, nearing 44 years as the leader of Cuba, is one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. Rarely are Americans given a chance to see inside the world of this socialist leader. The new documentary film FIDEL by Estela Bravo offers a unique opportunity to view the man through exclusive interviews with Castro himself, historians, public figures and close friends, with rare footage from the Cuban State archives.
Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, and Sydney Pollack discuss Fidel as a person, while former and current US government figures including Arthur Schlesinger, Ramsey Clark, Wayne Smith, Congressman Charles Rangel and a former CIA agent offer political and historical perspectives on Castro and the long-standing US embargo against Cuba. Family members and close friends, including Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, offer a window into the rarely seen personal life of Fidel.
Bravo's camera captures Fidel Castro swimming with bodyguards, visiting his childhood home and school, joking with Nelson Mandela, Ted Turner and Muhammad Ali, meeting Elian Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with members of the Buena Vista Social Club. Juxtaposing the personal anecdotal with history of the Cuban revolution and the fight to survive the post-Soviet period, FIDEL tells a previously untold story and presents a new view of this compelling figure.
|Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del Subdesarrollo) [Import-S. Korea, All Regions-NTSC]
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DVD manufactured in South Korea. All-region/NTSC compatible. Film is in Spanish with optional subtitles in English or Korean... Sergio (Sergio Corrieri - Soy Cuba), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident. Alone in a brave new world, Sergio observes the constant threat of foreign invasion while chasing young women all over Havana before finally meeting Elena (Daisy Granados), a young virgin girl he seeks to mould into the image of his ex-wife, but at what cost to himself?
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At a rundown bus station in rural Cuba, the line of passengers waiting just keeps getting longer. The problem is that every bus that passes by is already full. Their only hope is to wait for the station's bus to be fixed. As the disparate group settles in, relationships start forming between the passengers: Emilio (Vladimir Cruz), a young engineer, becomes smitten with a beautiful young woman (Thaimi Alvarino) who is en route to meet her Spanish fiancé, a blind man (Jorge Perugorria) gets support from the others to go to the head of the line. Frustration and disorder reign when the one bus brakes down and no one can leave. Resigned to working together, the group magically transforms the station into a beautiful place where no one wants to leave. Award-winning director Juan Carlos Tabío (Strawberry and Chocolate) successfully blends magical realism and social commentary in this crowd-pleasing romantic comedy. DVD: 5.1, Interview/Making Of, subtitle control, trailer, weblinks
- At a rundown bus station in rural Cuba, the line of passengers waiting just keeps getting longer. The problem is that every bus that passes by is already full. Their only hope is to wait for the station s bus to be fixed. As the disparate group settles in, relationships start forming between the passengers: Emilio (Vladimir Cruz), a young engineer, becomes smitten with a beautiful young woman (Tha
|Che Guevara: Where You'd Never Imagine Him
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Using archival film and photo materials, Cuban director Manuel Pérez paints a personal portrait of Che Guevara, the legend and symbol of revolution. Ernesto Che Guevara was only 39 years old when he was executed in the Bolivian mountains in 1967.
This film tells the story of Che's short life: his childhood in Argentina, his early interest in the Spanish Civil War, the motorcycle trip through Latin America that changed his life forever. Raul Castro and other friends remember Che's first encounter with Fidel Castro in Mexico in 1955, as well as his involvement in the Cuban revolution and rumors of his disappearance in 1965.
|A Successful Man (Un Hombre De Exito)
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Cuba's history before the Revolution is chronicled through the story of two brothers,one a revolutionary man of action, the other an unscrupulous politician trying to steera treacherous middle path between opposite political ideas. From the acclaimed director of LUCIA (Humbertos Solas),one of the most influential Cuban films of all time. Bonus materials: *Short films: "Nostalgia Cha Cha Cha:The History of Cha Cha Cha in 50's Cuba" Photo Gallery*Director Biography and Filmmography* 103 minutes Color 1986.Spanish w/English subtitles.
|FRESA Y CHOCOLATE
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En la Cuba actual, dos hombres -uno maduro intelectual y otro joven que defiende los ideales de la revolución-, se encuentran y enfrentan a lo largo de esta historia, sus convicciones, formación y hasta preferencias sexuales. Uno prefiere el helado de fresa, el otro de chocolate; a pesar de sus desavenencias ellos pueden convivir en paz, pero la sociedad en la cual viven entorpece a cada paso esta posibilidad.
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