Cuba Film at Sundance Film Festival

By Circles Robinson

From Memories of Overdevelopment by Miguel Coyula

HAVANA TIMES, Jan. 30 — The Sundance Film Festival in Utah is down to its final two days and the film “Memories of Overdevelopment” by Cuban Miguel Coyula has its fifth and final showing on Saturday evening.

Coyula, 32, and a graduate of the San Antonio de los Baños International Film School on the outskirts of Havana, presents a sequel to the Cuban classic “Memories of Underdevelopment” (1968).

The 120 minute film is in Spanish and English with English subtitles.

The Sundance program describes Coyula’s film:

“What happens when a socialist revolutionary intellectual asserts creative freedom? In Memories of Overdevelopment, ideological clashes and contradictions explode and fragment within a Cuban émigré while they spurt across the world stage. A kinetic, mesmerizing, subliminal collage, the film forges new cinematic dimensions with multiple planes fueling each other: a picaresque saga of desire and decomposition, a self-reflexive formal project about art reifying life and vice versa, a surreal foray into memory and the unconscious, and a searing critique of twentieth-century forces like genocide and totalitarianism.

“Shot with psychedelic lucidity, the narrative evolves from our rogue’s Cuban boyhood, when the revolution and his aunt’s dying wish for a kiss become formative fodder and iconographic propaganda. He constructs and deconstructs reality—manipulating language, image, and sound with his computer, camera, recorder, and X-Acto knife—to manufacture the very art we’re consuming. As he careens from youth to old age in elliptical swirls of misadventure, elusive pleasures of collectivity and individualism give way to existential truth.”

The cast includes: Ron Blair, Eileen Alana, Susana Pérez, Lester Martínez, Dayana M. Hernández, Reb Fleming and Trent Harris.

One thought on “Cuba Film at Sundance Film Festival

  • I’d love to see both this film and its predecessor as a double feature, but that would probably be too much for those who are not dedicated cinaestes!

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