Humberto Solás, along with fellow Cuban filmmaker Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (also featured this year with his film Memories of Underdevelopment) remains widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent cinematic voices ever to emerge from the island. Both were also central figures in the so-called “Golden Age” of Cuban cinema immediately following the 1959 Cuban revolution, aided by the founding of the ICAIC (Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematográficos) to spearhead a new era of domestic film production. This milestone triptych of Solás from 1968 traces episodes in the lives of three Cuban women, each named Lucía, from three different historical periods: the Cuban war of independence (with Spain), the 1930s, and the 1960s. A worthy monument to the contributions of women in shaping Cuba’s development, we are proud to be screening this film from a 35mm print courtesy of Contemporary Films in the United Kingdom.
Screening to be presented by Cuban film scholar Dr. Ann Marie Stock of The College of William & Mary!
Spotlight: Cuba on Screen program generously sponsored by The Isasi Family