El Cine Cubano! features "Guantanamera" on October 26 at Bozeman Library
- Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Cuban film Guantanamera coming to Bozeman Public Library on Sunday, October 26th, 3-5 PM as part of El Cine Cubano!
El Cine Cubano! will screen the most beloved and satirical Cuban road movies, Guantanamera, on Sunday, October 26, from 3 - 5 PM, in the Bozeman Public Library's large community room. Produced by Cuba in 2000, Guantanamera was the final work from veteran Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea; (Strawberry and Chocolate, The 12 Chairs), he died before the film could be completed, so co-screenwriter Juan Carlos Tabió finished the film in his stead.
In this satiric and hilarious road movie from Cuba, Yoyita (Conchita Brando), a well-known singer living in Havana, travels with her niece Georgina (Mirta Ibarra), a college professor, to the village of her birth -Guantanamera - where Yoyita is reunited with Candido (Raul Eguren), whom she loved as a young woman. When Yoyita and Candido meet for the first time in 50 years, they're thrilled to discover that the flame of passion still burns within them; unfortunately, Yoyita is so thrilled that it gives her a heart attack, and she dies on the spot. Yoyita's body must be transported back to Havana for burial, but while logic would dictate that Georgina should simply hire a hearse to make the journey, her husband, Adolfo (Carlos Cruz), a bureaucrat with more enthusiasm than common sense, has another idea - by transferring the body from one vehicle to another at the border of each province, the cost of fuel will be distributed more evenly along the route. No one much cares for this idea except Adolfo, but he has the law on his side! At every stop, the group meets a few of the people in each town and they share their thoughts on faith, politics, and love. Not to be missed!
Tom (Tomás) Waldorf, retired Spanish language and Latin American Literature Educator from Bozeman HS will introduce the film. He was invited to Cuba twice to present pedagogical techniques of student led Spanish immersion lessons of Latin American novels, during two different Seminarios Científicos Acerca de la Calidad de la Educación (shared experiences among Cuban and American Educational Professionals.)
El Cine Cubano! film events are free and open to the public, a part of an on-going series sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba, a group of local travelers and persons interested in Cuba. Contact Jan Strout at 206/251.0880 or Lissa Barber at 406/763.4423. Other co-sponsors include the Bozeman Public Library Foundation, MSU Department of Modern Languages and Literature and the US Women and Cuba Collaboration (www.womanandcuba.org)