Wednesday, July 14, 6:30pm
(Fernando Pérez, Cuba/Spain, 2003, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
“A lyrical, meticulously-crafted and unexpectedly melancholy homage to the battered but resilient inhabitants of a battered but resilient city… Suite is a valuable addition to Cuba’s cinematic canon.” – Variety
Winner: Best Film, Best Director, Best Music and Best Sound – Havana International Film Festival 2003.
A poetic homage to the city of Havana, this breathtaking film portrays Cuba’s capital as no other art form has before. A loving and melancholic picture over a 24 hour period of life of this city, the film follows ten ordinary Habaneros as they go about their daily routine. There is no dialogue and no need for it either; music and natural sound accompany the multiplicity of images that weave a unique and intimate picture of a city full of contradictions and contrasts, a city of accomplished and frustrated dreams.
Edited like a musical composition, Suite Habana oscillates between documentary and fiction. The ten characters range from ages 10 to 97, and represent the diversity of groups that form the city’s social fabric. Each of them follows a narrative, and we follow their transformations as the workday ends and they prepare themselves to welcome the night, which brings about the daily renewal of this exceptional and fascinating city.
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