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Director in Focus – Esteban García Insausti

Foto of Esteban Manuel Garcìa IsaustiMr Insausti, was born in Havana in 1971 and is a graduate of the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA). In addition, he obtained a degree from the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television – the school founded by Fernando Birri and Gabriel García Márquez. He began his professional career as a script writer for cuban television at age 19, to later become one of the first independent filmmakers of his generation. He enters the cuban film industry (ICAIC) with his first fiction short film “Mas de lo mismo” (More of the same), which was chosen as an official selection in Cannes 2001. Some of his other films include : “Luz Roja”, “Tres Veces Dos” –which was the official selection at Montreal, Biarritz and Huelva Film Festivals in 2004 and which was also chosen by FIPRESCI as one “10 best films shown in Cuba during the Festival de Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana in 2004”. Another film, “Existen” an experimental documentary, won the Premio Coral to the Best Experimental Film in 2007 in the same Festival.

Mr Insausti is currently considered by several national and international critics as one of the most prominent directors of the avant- garde movement within the film industry in Cuba. His most recent film, “Larga Distancia” (”Long Distance”) is currently in a postproduction stage.

Mr Insausti’s award winning film “Existen”, was presented in Providence during the First Edition of “Desde Cuba: New Cinema” in 2008. This year, he joins us as a juror for the Shorts Competition Award.

Special Program

"Desde Cuba: New Cinema" (Third Edition)

A segment dedicated to showcase the works of young and mostly independent cuban filmmakers, “Desde Cuba: New Cinema”, was originally presented in Providence in the fall of 2008 at the initiative of Christine Limonte, a Brown University student. This first and exciting event evolved into an ongoing program which is now presenting its Third Edition as part of the New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema, and which includes award winning short films and documentaries.

The significance of these films cannot be overstated. The lack of available resources for filmaking and producing and the economic isolation of Cuba have proven incapable of hindering the evolution of ideas, enthusiasm, hopes and dreams of a new young generation of filmmakers. Overcoming what at times may seem insurmountable burocratic difficulties, they turn to the streets and into themselves to find a story to tell and to create a fiction film, an animation or a documentary.

Once again, we are privileged to be able to share their talent and their work with our community of New England.

Third Edition

First Program
09/19 at 1:30pm, Cable Car
EL CUARTO 101 | ROOM 101
Pedro Luis Rodríguez | Fiction | Cuba | 2008 | 15 min | MiniDV
EL CUARTO 101 | ROOM 101
Pedro Luis Rodríguez | Fiction | Cuba | 2008 | 15 min | MiniDV

Synopsis:
Eric is interrogated. The police knows about his struggle for freedom and wants him to abandon the resistance movement. Finally, he is taken to Room 101, the place where he will have to face his greatest fears and contradictions.

EL MUNDO DE RAÚL | EL MUNDO DE RAÚL
Jessica Rodríguez - Zoe G. Miranda | Cuba | 2009 | 20 min. | Color | MiniDV
EL MUNDO DE RAÚL | EL MUNDO DE RAÚL
Jessica Rodríguez - Zoe G. Miranda | Cuba | 2009 | 20 min. | Color | MiniDV

Synopsis:
Raúl is a model citizen. We could say that he embodies the model of the new man proposed in Cuban society. But behind the the model worker and loving son hides a secret.

Raúl es un hombre ejemplar, podría decirse que encarna el modelo de hombre nuevo propuesto por nuestra sociedad. Detrás del trabajador ejemplar e hijo amoroso se esconde un secreto.

| Script: Jessica Rodríguez - Zoe G. Miranda | Cinematographer: Yanay Arauz | Music: Juan Carlos Herrera - Raymel Casamayor | Editor: Marcel Beltrán - Ricardo del Prado - Susana Ortega | Producers: Ivonne Cotorruelo

Additional Information:
http://www.cubacine.cu/muestrajoven

LA MAREA | THE TIDE
Armando Capó | Documentary | Cuba | 2009 | 20 min. | Color | MiniDV
LA MAREA | THE TIDE
Armando Capó | Documentary | Cuba | 2009 | 20 min. | Color | MiniDV

Synopsis:
A man rejected by society, lives in an old abandoned ship in a forgotten cove in Santiago de Cuba. One day, he receives a mysterious call that makes him want to interact with others.

MANTUM | MANTUM
Ricardo Miguel Hernández | movie | Cuba | 2009 | 4 min. | Color | MiniDV
MANTUM | MANTUM
Ricardo Miguel Hernández | movie | Cuba | 2009 | 4 min. | Color | MiniDV

Synopsis:
Everything you need to know about gargoyles.

Todo lo que debes saber acerca de las gárgolas.

| Script: Ricardo Miguel Hernández | Cinematographer: Ricardo Miguel Hernández | Music: Ricardo Miguel Hernández - Adrián Melis | Editor: Adrián Melis | Producers: Ricardo Miguel Hernández

Additional Information:
http://www.cubacine.cu/muestrajoven

REFLEXIONES | REFLECTIONS
Laura Toriche - Yimit Ramirez | Animation | Cuba | 2009 | 5 min. | Color | MiniDV
REFLEXIONES | REFLECTIONS
Laura Toriche - Yimit Ramirez | Animation | Cuba | 2009 | 5 min. | Color | MiniDV

Synopsis:
A Security Guard reflects oh his equivalent monetary value in Cuban currency.



Second Program
09/23 at 9:30pm, Cable Car & at 9:00pm, Linsly-Chittenden
20 AÑOS | 20 YEARS
Bárbaro Joel Ortiz | Animation | Cuba | 2009 | 20 min. | Color | DVCam
20 AÑOS | 20 YEARS
Bárbaro Joel Ortiz | Animation | Cuba | 2009 | 20 min. | Color | DVCam

Synopsis:
Was the title of María Teresa Vera’s song “20 años” the inspiration chosen for this beautifully crafted animation, or were the lyrics of the song which chose it?

EL DICTADO | DICTATION
Yolyanko William | Animation | Cuba | 2009 | 3 min. | Color | DVCam
EL DICTADO | DICTATION
Yolyanko William | Animation | Cuba | 2009 | 3 min. | Color | DVCam

Synopsis:
The teacher gives her kids a dictation and one of the girls does it in a special way.

La maestra hace un dictado y una niña lo toma de forma especial.

| Script: Alex Cabanas - Yolyanko William | Cinematographer: Alain García | Editor: Alain García | Producers: Alex Cabanas | Animation: Yolyanko William | Sound: Boris Trueba

Additional Information:
http://www.cubacine.cu/muestrajoven

HABANAver.T.a 31kb/seg | HABANAver.T.a 31kb/seg
Javier Labrador - Juan Carlos Sánchez | Cuba | 2009 | 30 min. | Color | MiniDV
HABANAver.T.a 31kb/seg | HABANAver.T.a 31kb/seg
Javier Labrador - Juan Carlos Sánchez | Cuba | 2009 | 30 min. | Color | MiniDV

Synopsis:
Two friends reunite through the Internet after several years of not hearing about one another. Nuria lives in Cuba and writes from there. Mara moved to the USA where she tries to recover the years of friendship she lost. The messages between them are heard over the images of a city made of memories and reality.

Dos amigas se encuentran mediante el Internet, después de muchos años sin saber nada una de la otra. Nuria vive en Cuba y desde aquí escribe. Mara se marchó a los Estados Unidos, donde trata de recuperar los años de amistad que perdió con su amiga. Los mensajes entre las dos mujeres se escuchan pasar sobre las imágenes de una ciudad de recuerdo y realidad.

Cast: Broselianda Hernández - Sheril Zaldivar | Script: Juan Carlos Sánchez | Cinematographer: Javier Labrador | Music: Juan Carlos Sánchez | Editor: Saddam Sánchez | Producers: Javier Labrador - Juan Carlos Sánchez

Additional Information:
http://www.cubacine.cu/muestrajoven

REVOLUCIÓN | REVOLUTION
Mayckell Pedrero | Cuba | 2009 | 50 min. | Color | MiniDV
REVOLUCIÓN | REVOLUTION
Mayckell Pedrero | Cuba | 2009 | 50 min. | Color | MiniDV

Synopsis:
A glance into the world of Los Aldeanos, a Cuban underground Hip-Hop group considered leaders in that genre, including the concerns and points of view of its members.

Acercamiento al mundo de Los Aldeanos, grupo de Hip-Hop underground cubano que encabeza la vanguardia en su género. Inquietudes y puntos de vista de sus integrantes.

| Script: Mayckell Pedrero | Cinematographer: Alain García | Editor: Abel Álvarez | Producers: Jorge Nhils | Animation: Yassel Bory | Sound: Boris Trueba