ESPACE CERCLE CARRÉ présente une sélection de films cubains tirée de la série Roots and routes: Cuban diasporic cinemas of the 21st Century. Cette projection explore le travail d’immigrants cubains de première génération, tous nés après 1975, qui ont réalisé des films hors de leur île dans les années 2000. Cette jeune génération de cinéastes explorent de nouvelles perspectives aux discussions contemporaines sur le cinéma cubain tout en repensant les idées d’appartenance, la citoyenneté et l’authenticité.
Mémoires d’une Famille Cubaine
Yan Vega (2007)
France / 16 min. / Animation / HD
At the beginning of the Cuban Revolution, Pedro, a young member of the Communist party, falls in love with Tatiana. He marries her and they have two children, Valentina and Ernesto, they breed in an atmosphere of love, happiness and revolutionary ideology. Came the fall of the USSR, Pedro fell ill and died suddenly. In Cuba, the situation worsens, Valentina fled to Miami and Ernesto became a taxi driver, goes to Paris with a French passenger. Tatiana remains alone in Cuba. Short fiction designed from the photo album of a Cuban family whose destiny is intertwined with the history of the Cuban Revolution, from 1959 to the present.
Le myrte dans la vallée
Gretel Marín (2013)
France / Doc. / 13 min. / HD
Next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, there is a small shop of Iranian flying carpets. A woman approaches the door to accompany one of her clients. She is an upholsterer. She repairs carpets and cares for them. It is said that people come to see her to recover from a misfortune or to forget.
Jorge de León (2012)
Quebec / 9 min. / Experimental / MiniDV
A film about impressions of past and present experiences of travel and movement.
Milena Almira and Ernesto René Rodríguez (2013)
Quebec / 7.45 min. / Fic. / SD
One town, two people, and an incomprehension marked by loneliness and isolation.
Lester Harbert (2013)
Quebec / 3.48 min. / Fiction-Experimental
A Cuban émigré is born again after moving to a new country.
Heidi Hassan (2005)
Switzerland / Fic. / 13min. / Beta SP
A guide leads a group of illegal immigrants into a forest towards an uncertain future.
Heidi Hassan (2007)
What are the meanings of exile? What are we exiled from?
Orages d’été (Summer storms)
Heidi Hassan (2008)
The beginning of a love story inspires the filmmaker to put herself in scene. She reveals her loving life and privacy as she speaks about her doubts and desires facing the new relationship. Her story becomes a poetic portrait.
Heidi Hassan (Havana, 1978) is a Cuban photographer, cinematographer and film director who entered the film world through the still image. After obtaining a Diploma in Photography Direction at the International Film and Television School in San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV) -Cuba, 2002– she enrolls in a Film Direction course at Geneva’s Superior School of Arts and Design (HEAD). She has developed a personal ouvre as a filmmaker and cinematographer, with numerous collaborations as DP in short and feature fiction and documentary films. Heidi has filmed in countries such as Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Venezuela, Colombia and Cuba. Her works have been exhibited in prestigious film festivals such as the Journée Suisse at Cannes, the Locarno Film Festival, Visions du Réel-Nyon, Clermont-Ferrand and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Her upcoming project Habitación compartida (Shared room) is a first-person documentary feature co-directed with long-term friend, collaborator and colleague diasporic Cuban filmmaker Patricia Pérez. Heidi currently lives and works between Madrid, Spain and Geneva, Switzerland. Web: heidi-hassan.com
Gretel Marín Palacio
Gretel Marín Palacio (Camagüey, 1989) studied film direction at ISA -Higher Institute of Arts- and graduated with the documentary Pero la noche (2011), which earned a special mention during the Young Filmmakers’ Showcase in Havana and was selected to compete at the Havana Film Festival. Her short films have also been presented in the Festival del Movimiento de Video where she won an award for Best Screenplay for La Muerte es sueño (2009). For obtaining her Master degree at Université Paris 7 Diderot, France, she made the short documentary film Le myrte dans le vallée (2013).
Milena Almira (Havana, 1986) graduate from Film Direction at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) in 2008. She has directed the films Alina, 6 años (2006); El grito (2008) and Quorum(2011). In 2011, she received the Brownstone Foundation’s Noemi Prize at the 10th Festival of Young Filmmakers, Cuba and also a special mention for his documentary Uno al otro at the Biarritz Festival, 2012. In 2011-2012 she directed the project KinoCuba: Cine en Movimiento in Havana. Her films have been exhibited in the United States, France and Canada in events coordinated by Kinomada, the Kino movement and the Cuban Women Filmmakers Network.
Jorge de León
Jorge de León (Cienfuegos, 1980) obtained degrees as film director from both the Higher Institute of Arts (FAMCA) and the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV). With a focus on experimental cinema and connected to the audiovisual legacy of Cuban filmmaker Nicolasito Guillén Landrian, he has directed the fiction shorts Retablo (2008) and El bosque de Sherwood (2008); and the documentaries La niña mala (2011) and La Felicidad (2012). De León lives currently in Montreal where he finished Improvisation (2012) during his intervention in Kinomada Quebec 2012.
Lester Harbert (Matanzas, 1980) graduated in 2006 from Cuba’s Higher Institute of Arts. He majored in Performing Arts and since he has combined his work as an actor and cast director with his interest in photography and independent filmmaking, especially in animated shorts. He was a member of Teatro El Público in Cuba and has been a recurrent invited filmmaker in the Kinomada projects in Cuba, Mexico and Quebec. His work features the music video Maria, the animations La Gorda and Comunidades modernas.
Yan Vega (Havana, 1976) studied at the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños and at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) from 1999 to 2004. After working in the making of the film Miel para Oshun (Humberto Solás, 2001) and finishing several award-winning music videos, he directed the short film La antenna in 2002. Three years later, he moved to Paris and completed the short film Malecon Beach, an independent production shot in Cuba. In France, he has made, among others, the animated short Mémoires d’une Famille Cubaine (Memories of a Cuban Family, 2007) and Happy Slapping Mutant (Yan Vega, 2008).