ABOUT THE FILMS
USA, 125 minutes, 2000, English, with French sub-titles, Les Films Sans Frontières, Paris
This powerful film is based on the true life story of Cuban novelist and poet Reinaldo Arenas, and adapted from his memoir Before Night Falls. Javier Bardem was nominated for an Academy Award and was named Best Actor at numerous festivals for his gripping and emotional performance as Arenas, who was imprisoned and harassed for his poetry and his homosexuality. The film chronicles a life of initial success, then hardship and struggle both in Cuba and in exile in New York. Painter/filmmaker Julian Schnabel won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival for this evocative look at an intellectual and sexual coming-of-age in Castros Cuba. (Under 16 not admitted without a parent; adult themes.)(PG 16)
Julian Schnabel was born in New York City in 1951, moved to Brownsville, Texas in 1965 and attended the University of Houston, Texas from 1969-1973 where he received a BFA. He had his first solo painting exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery, New York City, in February 1979. Since then, Schnabel's paintings and sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. In 1996, he wrote and directed the feature film Basquiat about New York artist Jean Michel Basquiat. Before Night Falls is his second feature film.
Cuba, 75 minutes, 1985, animated, Spanish with French sub-titles, Colifilms, Paris
A charming and delightful full-length animated film, Vampires In Havana, is a good-natured spoof of gangster movies. In this tale of good vampires vs bad, European heavies from Dusseldorf and the Vampire Mafia of Chicago show up in Havana, where they try to steal the formula for an elixir that allows vampires to stay out in the sunlight. The Afro-Cuban jazz score by Rembert Egues features the trumpet of Arturo Sandoval. Director Juan Padron provides great fun for audiences of all ages. Released in France in 1999.
Juan Padron was born in Cardenas, Cuba in 1947. He is one of Cuba's leading film animators and graphic artists. His extensive filmography includes the various adventures of his signature character, Elpidio Valdès, Quinoscopio, a series of collaborations with the Argentine humorist, Quino (Malfada), as well as dozens of cineminutos short animated film clips, known world-wide for their humor and energy. Vampires in Havana has been enthusiastically received all over the world. Mr Padron is currently at work on Vampires in Havana II. Noted Cuban actor Frank Gonzalez is the voice of several vampires in the film.
Spain, 106 minutes, Spanish with French subtitles, Gamachi Films, Paris
This documentary has been acclaimed as one of the best films ever made about music, and provides an intimate behind-the-scenes look into the lives of Grammy Award-winner Tito Puente, and some of the greatest Latin jazz artists of our time, including Gato Barbieri, Cachao, Michel Camilo, Paquito D'Rivera, Chano Dominguez, Eliane Elias, Jerry Gonzalez , Bebo Valdes , and Chico O'Farrill. Fernando Trueba, director of the Academy Award-winning film Belle Epoch, 1993) presents a look thirteen legendary musicians in a passionate celebration of Latin jazz around the world.
Spanish director Fernando Trueba has been writing producing and directing films since 1980. His film Belle Epoque (1993) won the 1993 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. His films include El año de las Luces/The Year of Awakening (1986) and The Mad Monkey (1989), his English-language debut. In 1998 he directed the acclaimed historical film The Girl of Your Dreams/La Nina de Tus Ojos, which retold the allegedly true story of Nazi Joseph Goebbels' infatuation with a reigning star of Spanish cinema. Trueba started out as a film critic for a Spanish daily before founding his own film magazine, Casablanca, in 1980.
Brazil, 107 minutes, 2000, Portuguese subtitled in French, I.D. Distribution, Paris
Set in the dusty and barren, yet beautiful landscape of a poverty-stricken area in northeast Brazil, this film tells the story of Darlene, a woman who shares a modest home with her three husbands, Osias, Zezinho and Ciro, and eventually with three sons as well. Andrucha Waddington's bittersweet comedy is a universal, contemporary story of love, friendship and dignity amongst an unusual quartet of characters in a fictitious version of a true story scripted by Elena Soárez. Brazil submitted the film as its official entry for the 2001 Academy Awards.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Andrucha Waddington became involved in the film industry at 18, working with some of Brazil's most prominent directors. Among other projects, he was assistant producer on Hector Babenco's At Play in the Fields of the Lord, and worked on Walter Salles High Art. In 1999, Waddington released his first feature-length film, Twins. Based on a short story by Brazils foremost playwright, Nelson Rodrigues, Twins garnered two major awards at the 1999 Brasilia Festival: Best Picture; and Best Actress, Fernanda Torres. At 30 years old, Waddington is part of the new generation of Brazilian directors.
Mexico, 1997, 91 minutes, Spanish with French subtitles
Shot in Cuba, Mexico and the United States, it is the story of 16-year-old Juliette Ortega, a Havana teenager without parents, who is being brought up by her grandmother into a life of prostitution. A fateful meeting with Fabiola Quiroz, a melancholy Mexican model, changes Juliette's life forever. Marcovich, a noted cinematographer and music-video director, blends fiction and documentary in this very charming film that is both playful and poignant, while offering a great slice of life in contemporary Cuba. The cinematography makes you want to get on the next plane to Havana. Winner of the Latin America Cinema Award from the Sundance Film Festival.
Born in 1963, Carlos Marcovich left his native Argentina at 13. After studying cinematography at university, From 1995 through 1997, he co-wrote, directed, produced, and shot his first feature film, Who the Hell is Juliette?, has brought cinematographer and music video director Carlos Marcovich international recognition. Previous to Juliette, Marcovich was the cinematographer for over 13 features including such films as El Callejón de los milagros/Midaq Alley, Salon Mexico, Dos Crimmes, and others.
Mexico, 2002, 105 minutes, Spanish with French subtitles
A funny and sexy road movie set against the lush backdrop of a colorful Mexican landscape, Y Tu Mama También tells the story of two teenage boys and their passage from adolescence to adulthood. On a trip to the beach with an enticing older woman, the boys confront their sexuality, their relationship to each other, and to the opposite sex. Their journey parallels that of their country, as Mexico tries to define itself as an adult nation. Winner of Golden Lion Awards at the Venice Film Festival for Best Screenplay and Best Young Actor (Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna); nominated for a 2002 Golden Globe Award. (PG 16).
Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón was born in Mexico City and currently lives in New York City. His first feature film, Solo con tu Pareja, won the Ariel Award for Best Screenplay. Working in Hollywood, Cuarón directed two highly acclaimed films, A Little Princess, and Great Expectations, which features Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke, Anne Bancroft, and Robert DeNiro. Back in his native Mexico, Cuarón directed Y Tu Mama Tambien, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as best foreign language film, and was shot by Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.
TIGA, Haïti, rêve, possession, création, folie
CHRONIQUE DES FEMMES OISEAUX
Born in Haiti in 1952, Monique Clesca emigrated to the United States in 1964. She received a Bachelors degree at Howard University and a Masters degree in Journalism from Northwestern Universtity. Returning to Haiti, she worked for over 13 years with UNICEF. In 1996, with Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, she co-founded the Fondation Forum Eldorado, a cultural non-profit foundation that promotes cinema and performing arts and manages the Forum Eldorado movie and performing arts theater, giving access to cultural events to underpriviledged children. Since 1991, she has been production director for all of Pecks films shot in Haiti (including Man By The Shore). As a director, Suzy will be Clescas second documentary film, after her debut with Restavek, child slaves in Haiti.
Carlos Cuarón writes for film, theater and television. His first feature, Solo Con Tu Pareja, co-written with his brother, Alfonso, won the Ariel Award for Best Screenplay. Cuarón is currently writing Vasectomy for Amores Perros director Alejandro González Iñárritu, and recently completed a screenplay for Jose Luis Cuerda. In 1997, he collaborated with Carlos Marcovich on Who the Hell is Juliet? In 1998, Cuarón wrote and directed his first short film, Sistole Diastole, followed by the short films, Mamacita, Me la Debes and Noche de Bodas, which screened in the critics sidebar at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Born in Mexico City, Cuarón studied English Literature at University.
Georgia Popplewell is a writer and television producer/director based in Trinidad and Tobago. Her credits include the teen AIDS series Body Beat, the environmental series Ecowatch, and the documentary 25 Years of West Indies Cricket, produced in 1998. She is a co-founder of Earth Television, and has worked on projects in the Caribbean region for Banyan, RFO Martinique, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), Video Associates, Channel Four, and the Nickelodeon cable network, where she was associate producer on the critically acclaimed pre-school series Gullah Gullah Island. She will participate in the 2002 St. Barth Film Festivals film-in-the-schools program, and produce a documentary about the Festival.