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IV INSTAR film Festival

The jury of the IV INSTAR Film Festival announces the winning work of the Nicolás Guillén Landrián Award, with the presence of its President and Artistic Director.

December 10 (online) 14:00h Cuba (GMT - 5)

Programs IV INSTAR Film Festival

“And How Miserable is the Home of Evil”, by Saleh Kashefi

Iranian filmmaker Saleh Kashefi, currently exiled in Switzerland, talks about his hybrid piece "And How Miserable is the Home of Evil" (2022), a short film that is part of the Competition of the IV INSTAR Film Festival. Appropriating official archives from the website of Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, Kashefi has created a political fiction as forceful as it is ambiguous.

“Veritas”, de Eliecer Jiménez Almeida

Cuban filmmaker Eliecer Jiménez Almeida talks about his documentary "Veritas" (2022), a feature film that is part of the Competition of the IV INSTAR Film Festival. The film reveals the Bay of Pigs invasion (Cuba, 1961) in the voice of its protagonists. The horrors of the war are exhaustively relived by these men who, from exile, have not stopped missing their country.

Today's Cuban Cinema: Waste, Bell Ringers and memories of the USSR

Regarding the participation of Los Puros (Carla Valdés León), Mafifa (Daniela Muñoz Barroso, 2021) and Abisal (Alejandro Alonso, 2021) in the INSTAR Film Festival competition, we will be talking with their directors about their works and the Cuban cinema of today.

“Talk”: Conversation with filmmakers Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós

Conversation with filmmakers Joana Pimenta (Portugal) and Adirley Queirós (Brazil), creators of films such as "Once There Was Brazilia" (2017, Special Mention: Signs of Life at Locarno) and "Mato seco em chamas" (2022, premiered at Berlinale Forum), two essential works of contemporary auteur cinema.

“Taxibol”, de Tommaso Santambrogio

Italian filmmaker Tommaso Santambrogio talks about his film "Taxibol" (2022), a medium-length work that is part of the Competition of the IV INSTAR Film Festival. 

Talk: "Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela: cinema and the fight against authoritarianism"

With filmmakers Gloria Carrión (Nicaragua), Jhon Ciavaldini (Venezuela) and Fernando Fraguela (Cuba). Hosted by researcher and cultural promoter Hilda Landrove (Cuba).

Opening of the IV INSTAR Film Festival at the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

Lecture: "Photos of the collapse: Cuban cinema and uncertainty" (25 min) by Cuban film critic and journalist Dean Luis Reyes.

IV INSTAR Film Festival: The guide

Rialta proposes a daily critical approach to several of the Cuban films present in the official section of the IV INSTAR Film Festival, which runs between December 4 and 10. Led by critic Dean Luis Reyes, these evaluations are a contribution to the task of choosing what what is made available to the viewer.

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INSTAR's esTratos, Cinema series

Emmanuel Martín: cine independiente y bajo tierra

El cineasta Emmanuel Martín conversa sobre sus películas: cortometrajes como “En el iglú” y “Buen viaje, Stalkers”, que se han convertido en obras de culto, y sus dos largometrajes de ficción, “Historias de ajedrez”, filmado íntegramente en Santiago de Cuba, y “Un homme sous son influence”, recién finalizado en Montreal. Reflexiona sobre la creación independiente en Cuba, las particularidades de filmar una película en provincia y los retos que enfrenta un artista cuando toma el camino de la emigración.

El Cine de Miñuca Villaverde

Filmmaker and writer Miñuca Villaverde looks back at her brilliant filmography, from her involvement as an actress and screenwriter with the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) in the early 1960s to her participation in the New York experimental film scene after going into exile in 1965.

El Cine de Fernando Villaverde

Filmmaker and writer Fernando Villaverde discusses his cinematic work, which began in the early 1960s at the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), and continued in New York’s experimental film scene after going into exile in 1965.

Carlos Melián: expression without territory

Filmmaker and journalist Carlos Melián talks about his films as director and screenwriter. He also reflects on the limits and possibilities of independent creation in Cuba and on the difficult process of shooting a film outside Havana.

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