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I Am Cuba
Original title:
Soy Cuba
Slovenian title:
Jaz sem Kuba
Section:
FOCUS: CUBAN CINEMA 60
Country, year:
Cuba, Soviet Union, 1964
Length:
142
Directed by:
Mihail Kalatozov
Screenplay:
Enrique Pineda Barnet, Evgenij Evtušenko
Cinematography:
Sergej Urusevski
Music:
Carlos Farinas
Subtitles:
German, slovenian
Language:
Spanish,English
Voting code:
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Cast:
Luz María Collazo (Maria/Betty), Jean Bouise (Jim), Sergio Corrieri (Alberto), Raúl García (Enrique)
Awards:
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Description:
A technically superb masterpiece by a giant of Soviet cinema, Mikhail Kalatozov, I am Cuba is a lyrical portrayal of Cuba in the whirlwind of revolution.
The film tells four interlinked vignettes in the period leading up to the revolution in 1959: a sugar cane farmer who loses everything when the landlord sells the land he farms to the United Fruit Company; a student who joins the revolutionary intelligentsia; a young woman whose fiancé sees her in bed with a foreign business man and realises that she is a prostitute, and a peasant family man who sees one of his children blown up by Batista's air bombardments and joins the rebel forces.

"Made in 1964, it is a Soviet-Cuban celluloid love letter to the Castro revolution, filmed in beautiful, pellucid monochrome. It is strident, yes, and naive, too perhaps; but lyrical and passionate and visually dazzling..." (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)