Cuba, 79 min, Spanish with English subtitles
An Italian academic tells the Greek legend of Psique, said to be the origin of the Beauty and the Beast myth. As Coyula’s camera draws closer to its subject, the paintings of Antonia Eiriz (who passed away in Miami over twenty years ago), provide eloquent commentary. Nadie (Nobody) is nothing less than a portrait of the Cuban Revolution as witnessed by jack-of-all-trades and poet Rafael Alcides, one of its earliest admirers. When the Soviets invade Czechoslovakia in 1968, the dream becomes a nightmare and the author fades into anonymity. Coyula’s most recent films find the trailblazing collagist dabbling in an autumnal palette of gorgeous grey tones.
In person: Director Miguel Coyula, Producer/Actress Lynn Cruz
They come in all shapes and sizes. They are fearless and fly under the radar. They address a reality that’s either glossed over or spoken of in hushed tones. Armed with little more than their immense talent - and an overriding sense of humor - Cuban independent filmmakers have been carving out a significant niche for themselves. CGAC is delighted to pay tribute to these largely unsung movie heroes with a 9-program, 25-film salute.
Forbidden Fruit: Cuban Independent Film in the 21st Century was programmed in collaboration with Alejandro Ríos, and with the enthusiastic participation of all filmmakers involved - in and out of Cuba. Poster artist: Andrés Ungaro, courtesy of Blanco-Lorenz. Technical support: Magna-Tech Electronic. Special thanks to Rosa Marquetti, SGAE Havana and Dean Luis Reyes, whose series, Cuban Cinema under Censorship, at MoMA in New York City, was the inspiration for this program.
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