I AM CUBA
The legendary “lost” Soviet-Cuban film returns newly restored, with all the music, characters, and jaw-dropping cinematic wizardry that was fitting for a country celebrating a revolution.
Discovered in 1994, 30 years after its completion, Mikhail Kalatozov’s I AM CUBA stunned audiences with its famously experimental camera work that included an opening long shot the late Roger Ebert declared, “one of the most astonishing I have ever seen.” Following in the footsteps of such Russian propaganda classics like Sergei Eisenstein’s BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, Kalatozov and his Russian crew were tasked with showing a Cuba in post-revolution revelry. Narrated by the land herself, I AM CUBA features four vastly different vignettes unabashedly critiquing the West and capitalism, while heralding communism and a revolutionary figure that has a striking resemblance to a certain cigar-chomping dictator. Yet for all its accomplishments, both countries felt that the message was lost in such a technical and visionary work and it was shelved for decades. Now, newly restored since its re-discovery, filmmakers and aficionados alike can once again bask in the sights and sounds of a film that would have incited its own revolution had it been seen.
CAST: Luz María Collazo, Jean Bouise, Salvador Wood, Sergio Corrieri,
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