Cinema in a big way: The main course of December in Havana

1-“1985” (Argentina)

The Argentine film “1985” will open the 43rd edition of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The film is inspired by the real trial against the military commanders who during the last Argentine dictatorship kidnapped, tortured, murdered and disappeared people, committing crimes against humanity. .

The renowned actor Ricardo Darín stars in the film interpreting the prosecutor Julio Strassera who carried out the most important trial in Argentina, the one that sought to bring justice to the thousands of families victims of the dictatorship. Strassera, along with his assistant prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo played by Peter Lanzani, will face the military power that still persists in the country.

It is a historical drama with a script by Santiago Miter and Mariano Llinás that will allow us to see behind that event known as the Trial of the Juntas, from how the legal team was built, the threats they received, the persecution and the danger that they had to resist in search of justice in an intense legal battle very similar to a “David vs. Goliath”.

The film is directed by Santiago Mitre, who once again contributes to historical memory with a film about politics and denunciation: before with “El estudiante” and “La cordillera”; now with Argentina, “1985”. The filmmaker has managed to captivate the public and critics with this new production, winning the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the last edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

2- “Under a powerful sun” (Cuba-Colombia)

In the Fiction Feature Films section there is “Under a powerful sun”, directed by Kike Álvarez, in a Cuba-Colombia co-production, with a duration of 87 minutes.

It is the story of a filmmaker locked in his own solitude, in a “forced” coexistence with the ghosts of the couples who starred in three of his recent films.

Set in Havana, it is a reflective approach to absence and restlessness in the midst of the current circumstances of this city.

3-“The world of Nelsito” (Cuba-Spain)

“El mundo de Nelsito” is a film by Fernando Pérez that, in co-production with Spain, presents us with an autistic teenager who, after running away from home, suffers an accident, and precisely from his position as a patient, on a stretcher, perceives the dark side of those around him. Recovered later, he investigates the real and the improbable of his environment, inhabited by those same people.

Edith Massola plays Julia, the doctor who treats various patients at the hospital where Nelsito arrives. In addition, Ana, Carmela and Julia have been friends, apparently since they were children. Paula Alí is an old woman with senile dementia named Esperanza, who is in charge of Loreta, played by Yerlín Pérez.

Each character has their own conflicts in each of the five stories that the film narrates, but all the segments seem marked by the filmmaker’s desire that the viewer can never differentiate what is reality or the imagination of the protagonist-narrator.

Judging by all these elements, we will be in the presence of a film that is not only choral, but also episodic, with abundant touches of black humour, the latter a resource rarely pressed by the director, more inclined in his works prior to tragedy, the melodrama, the historical and the dreamlike-surreal.

4- “The substitute” (Argentina- Italy- Mexico- Spain- France)

Directed by Diego Lerman, “El suplente” tells the story of Lucio, a prestigious university professor of literature, who teaches a course in a school in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, where he grew up.

Together with his father, he will try to save a student who is being persecuted by a group of drug traffickers.

5- “Mato seco em chamas” (Brazil- Portugal)

In the Sol Nascente favela, on the outskirts of Brasilia, a group of women hijacks an oil pipeline to sell oil to the community.

Simone is a young law student dedicated to defending women. Her intimate sexual interests push her to discover a violent erotic world.

6- “Whitey”

Blanquita, a resident of a foster home, is the key witness in a judicial scandal involving politicians and businessmen accused of pedophilia and sexual abuse. The more this dark universe is revealed, the more controversial the young woman’s role in the case becomes.

This film recently won the Colon de Oro for Best Film at the 48th edition of the Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival (in Spain).

Inspired by a scandal that shocked Chile as a whole, the film also previously received an important award: the Best Screenplay Award in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival, and is currently competing to become the Chilean representative for the category of Best Foreign Film at the 2023 Oscars.

“Blanquita” is the fourth feature film by director Fernando Guzzoni -after “La colorina”, “Carne de perro” and “Jesús”- and follows Blanca, an 18-year-old resident of a foster home and a key witness in a scandal that it involves children, politicians and notorious businessmen who participate in sex parties. Nevertheless, the more questions are asked, the role of Blanca in the scandal becomes more and more confused.

The film stars Laura López, Alejandro Goic, Amparo Noguera, Marcelo Alonso and Daniela Ramírez, among others, under the direction of Fernando Guzzoni, and Giancarlo Nasi in production.

The article is in Spanish

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