SUITE HABANA

THURSDAY, November 5. 7 pm. Jarrell Lecture Hall (in Jackson Library). University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G). Greensboro, NC



SUITE HABANA, Fernando Pérez (Cuba, 2003). 84 min.

This documentary was filmed with fictional cinema techniques depicting a day in the life of 13 real people, from a 10-year-old child with Down syndrome to a 79-year-old lady who sells peanuts in the street. The film has no dialogue, using sound and image to evoke emotional effect. Several stories are juxtaposed to convey the plot points, an unusual approach in Cuban cinema, where spoken words are often used extensively.

After the film's premiere in Cuba, national critics ranked it as one of the best Cuban films in decades. The film gathered several awards at international film festivals. Variety called it, "A lyrical, meticulously-crafted and unexpectedly melancholy homage to the battered but resilient inhabitants of a battered but resilient city."

Spanish with English subtitles