A heartfelt tribute to Cuba: lyrical, passionate, stunningly filmed (cinematography gold medal at Cannes). Now regarded as a world classic.
Two years in the making, this joint Soviet-Cuban epic on the Cuban Revolution had limited screenings and was archived. But in 1992, shown in tribute to its director, Mikhail Kalatozov, it enjoyed a great U.S. reception. At San Francisco’s 1993 International Film Festival, a full house gave it two standing ovations during projection. Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola helped to revive it, and sixty years after work began on I Am Cuba, it’s now a world classic.
The script by two poets, Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Enrique Pineda Barnet, weaves a lyrical narrative around four stories, through the voice of Cuba. Sergei Urusevsky’s cinematography, combining great artistry, technical mastery and political fervour, contrasts Batista’s Cuba, a playground for wealthy Americans and unscrupulous landowners, with the desperate poverty of slum-dwellers and peasant farmers.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the visual poetry and cinematic impact of I Am Cuba on the large Ruskin House Film Screen.
USSR-CUBA | 1964 | 140 minutes
Friday 18 November at 7.00pm
Venue: Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD
Presented by Cuba Solidarity Campaign South London in collaboration with Ruskin House Film Screen.
Further details and tickets are on eventbrite here
Watch the trailer here
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