Director in Focus – Alfredo Ureta

Foto of Alfredo UretaAlfredo enjoys wide recognition in Cuba as a director. Born in Havana, and trained at the prestigious Garcia Marquez’ International Film School, Alfredo first gained popularity through his many music videos for contemporary Cuban musicians, such as Buena Fe, Haila, La Charanga Habanera, and Tony Avila. Alfredo’s music videos garnered him numerous Luca awards, the highest distinction for this section within the Cuban industry. When it comes to directing for the big screen, Alfredo displays a refreshing facet of creativity, which can be seen already on his opera prima “La Mirada”. This first effort was shot on a string budget, yet won the award of the National Video Movement in Cuba, and later enjoyed a series of cinema screenings in Havana. “La Guarida del Topo” (The Mole’s Den), is his most recent feature film, which definitely reaffirms his grip as a director of “pure cinema”, as he likes to call his self imposed aim. It was first released theatrically nationwide in Cuba, becoming an instant box office success, and remaining in theaters for a whole month. Likewise, critics met the film with a warm welcome, offering reviews that compare Alfredo’s style with the work of international filmmakers, some refer to him as a tropical Kim Ki Duk. Among other influences he cites Hal Hartley and David Lynch. We believe there’s much yet to be expected from Alfredo’s hand. And, as with all art, it is bound to transcend the borders of nations to find a home on cinemas over the globe. To this end, both the director and NEFIAC are proud to bring the movie to the screens of New England for the first time.

Special Program

"Desde Cuba: New Cinema" (Fifth 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 Fourth 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.