Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

¡Sí Cuba! Events: "Soy Cuba" Screening

February 4th, 2010

See ¡Sí Cuba! Online for full information and schedules of events.

When: Thursday, Feb. 4 – 7:30pm
Where: The Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp Street


I AM CUBA, directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. USSR/Cuba. 1964. 141 min.

As part of the Sí Cuba activities, the New Orleans Film Society will be screening “Soy Cuba” at the Contemporary Arts Center. Started only a week after the Cuban missile crisis and designed to be Cuba’s answer to both Sergei Eisenstein’s propaganda masterpiece, Potemkin and Jean-Luc Godard’s freewheeling romance, Breathless, I Am Cuba turned out to be something quite unique – a wildly schizophrenic celebration of Communist kitsch, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality. The plot, or rather plots, feverishly explore the seductive, decadent (and marvelously photogenic) world of Batista’s Cuba – deliriously juxtaposing images of rich Americans and bikini-clad beauties sipping cocktails poolside with scenes of ramshackle slums filled with hungry children and gaunt old people. Using wide-angle lenses that distort and magnify and filters that transform palm trees into giant white feathers, Urusevsky’s acrobatic camera achieves wild gravity-defying angles as it glides effortlessly through long continuous shots. But I Am Cuba is not just a catalog of bravura technique – it also succeeds in exploring the innermost feelings of the characters and their often desperate situations. Shown unsubtitled at the San Francisco International Film Festival, I Am Cuba received two standing ovations – during the screening. The first movie ever jointly presented by master filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, I Am Cuba is one of the great discoveries in cinema. It will change your view of cinema forever!

Tickets for NOFS and CAC members are $6.00 and general admission $8.00. Presented by NOFS and the Contemporary Arts Center. For more information please visit the Contemporary Arts Center website at www.cacno.org or call 504-528-3800.