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.
Watch the trailer here