Masterful Filmmaker and Cuban Legend: A Retrospective of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Presented with Havana Film Festival NY
STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE
Co-Directed by Juan Carlos Tabío
(1993 | Drama/Romance | Cuba | 110 min.)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 | 6 PM | $10 ($7 for Friends of SAC)
Spanish with English Subtitles
In 1979 Cuba, flamboyant gay artist Diego (Jorge Perugorría) attempts to seduce the straight and strait-laced David (Vladimir Cruz), an idealistic young communist, and fails dismally. But David conspires to be “friends” with Diego so he can monitor the artist’s subversive life for the state. As Diego and David discuss politics, individuality and personal expression in Castro’s Cuba, a genuine friendship develops between the two. Can it last in such an oppressive environment?
Strawberry and Chocolate is the only film from Cuba to have ever been nominated for an Academy Award.
About Tomás Gutiérrez Alea: Generally regarded as Cuba’s foremost filmmaker, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (1928-1996) first rose to prominence with Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) and later found a wider international audience with Strawberry and Chocolate-the first and only Cuban film nominated for an Oscar in 1994. Influenced by Italian neorealism and an early love of cinema, Gutiérrez Alea’s work created a sharp post-revolutionary Cuba analysis. Commenting on his style, Gutiérrez called himself “a man who makes criticism inside the revolution, who wants to ameliorate the process, to perfect it, but not to destroy it.”
Curated by Paton Miller, the now fifth year of this popular exhibition continues to celebrate 31 new artists including six teenagers and marks Southampton Arts Center as a home where the East End arts scene can continue to thrive. This exhibition has been made possible thanks, in part, to the generosity of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Public funding provided by Suffolk County.
Meet the artists of East End Collected5 and EEC Jr. as well as Curator Paton Miller at our popular Thursday night social club, “Hangout.” Come view the new exhibition, socialize with the artists and members of the community, have a glass of wine, listen to music, play ping-pong and just hang out!