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Tornatore in Havana

February 3, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

la-desconocida-de-tornatoreFor the cinemaphiles in Havana, 2010 began with a moving, original and diverse program like the world it reflects.  On the screens of the Payret and Yara theaters and the multiscreen Infanta, The Thin Prize premiered in December; the Riviera, between January 8 and 14, introduced a cycle showing the work of filmographer Giuseppe Tomatore, from The Professor (1986) and Cinema Paradiso (1988) to Baaria (2009), also including Everybody’s Fine (1990), A Pure Formality (1994), The Star Maker (1995), The Legend of 1900 (1998), Malena (2000), The Unknown Woman (2006) and the documentary about Sicily, The Three Point Screen.

The Chaplin Hall of the Cinematheque of Cuba brought multicontinental tapes, like Romulus, My Father, from the Australian Richard Roxburghn; Gravehopping, a Slovenian-Croatian film by Jan Cvitkovic, Something Like Happiness, from the Czech Bohdan Slama; Almost Nothing, from the Brazilian Sergio Rezende, and Machuca by Andrés Wood, created by Chile, Spain and the UK.

In that temple of great cinema, the Charlott Video Room, between 1 and 12 January they showed some of the legendary Joseph Losey films on his centenary, and from January 13 to 18 a sample of the Soviet Andrei Tarkovsky, of which we caught Ivan’s Childhood, Solaris, Andrei Rublikov, The Mirror and Stalker.

Let us return to the Director and writer Giuseppe Tornatore (Bagheria, Palermo 1956) one of the most representative figures of Italian and European Cinema, whose films recreate the atmosphere of his native Sicily, from which he took popular characters that run through his work, faithful to melodrama, suspense, nostalgia for the past, sociopolitical reflection and a high level of performance, full of beautiful images and breathtaking scores.

In Baaria, the Door of the Wind, an epochal and autobiographical film, he returns to the fabulous Monica Bellucci, star of Malena, where she played a beautiful girl from a coastal village in Sicily, whose husband goes to war (40 years), while she, the victim of envy and prejudice, becomes the erotic obsession of the residents, who turn the young girl’s walks into local entertainment. Baari is an epic tale of three generations, from the 1930s to today.

The memorable Cinema Paradiso, winner of the Oscar and the Special Prize at the Cannes Festival, is a tribute to an old village movie house, which still touches audiences, capable of sustaining two hours of nostalgia and tragicomic situations, a la Fellini, thanks to the narrative pace and a script that allows diverse interpretations.

The Man of the Stars also blends village ambiance with movie dreams, whereas The Professor returns to the mafia theme, treated in The Hooligan, previously shown in Havana.

The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean and The Unknown Woman impressed Havana audiences. The first tells the story of a boy abandoned on a doomed ocean liner, where he becomes a remarkable musical performer. The great performance of British actor Tim Roth, the photographic virtuosity of the Hungarian Lajos Koltai, and music of Ennio Morricone enhanced the drama.

In The Unknown, Tornatore examines the issue of prostitution among young immigrants from Eastern Europe. This drama won five David de Donatello Awards and the international critical acclaim.

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