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Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Havana Glasgow Film Festival - final four days have many jewels. HGFF preview 2
The Havana Glasgow Film Festival enters its final four days with the
arrival of Cuban film and video
director, Arturo Santana. Flying in from Havana
yesterday - thanks to sponsorship from Unite - to talk about his much-acclaimed
first feature film Bailando con Margot
(Dancing witb Margot) – Thursday 17, 20 15 in the GFT A ‘neo-noir’ mystery,
Bailando con Margot follows the femme fatale, Margot de Zarate and her
involvement (or not) in an art heist. Santana made his name (as most Cuban
directors do) directing music videos.
A review of some of the highlights so far is on the Culture
Matters blog and it also refers to the welcome support for the festival
from the Cuban ambassador to the UK, Teresita Vicente Sotolongo, who came to
see Amor Cronico – Cucu Diamantes love letter to Cuba.
Sheila, meet Aidan!
Otherhighlights still to come
include Where you’re meant to be- a great film following Arab Strap’s poet
Aidan Moffat crossing swords with determined doyenne of travelling singers,
Sheila Stewart as he tries to rewrite traditional Scottish folk tunes (Wednesday
16, 19,30 in the CCA – it will be followed by a Q&A with director Paul
Fegan.Cuba Libre – Thursday 17. 14.45 CCA - a historical drama
on the Spanish American War in Cuba follows Chris Dolan’s fascinating story of anarchist Ethel MacDonald, who broadcast from Republican Spain during the Civil
War. An Anarchist's Story is in the CCA Thursday 17, 12.50pm).
Back to Cuba we then can see Los
Bolos En Cuba – Friday 18. 19.45 CCA – a warm, nostalgic and irreverent
film exploring the times of the 'eternal' friendship of Cuba and the Soviet Union
On Friday morning also, there is an important masterclass by Festival
co-Director, and writer, Hugo Rivalta. He will be talking about cinema’s role
in the Cuban revolution. - 11.00 Friday 18 in the Glasgow School of Art (Reid
The final day focuses on Cuban animation (CCA 17.30 on Saturday 19), and
the success of the festival will be celebrated in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum,
from 12.30pm where Gordon Cree will be playing Cuban salsa on the huge organ,
and some recently discovered Cuban film archives, brought to Scotland for
restoration, will be shown.