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Viva Cuba

Cuba / France, 2005

Spanish with English subtitles

Family Matinee/ Rated G /Recommended for ages 9 and up

Director: Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti Co-Director: Iraida Malberti Cabrera Producers: Eric Brach, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Inti Herrera Núñez Screenplay: Manolito Rodríguez Ramírez, Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti Cinematographer: Alejandro Pérez Gómez Editors: Angélica Salvador Alonso, Sylvie Landra Music: Amaury Ramírez Malberti, Slim Pezin Art Direction: Guillermo Ramírez Malberti Principal Cast: Malú Tarrau Broche, Jorgito Miló Ávila, Luisa María Jiménez, Larisa Vega Alamar


In a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet, the friendship between two children on the verge of adolescence is threatened by their parents’ differences, one from an upper-class family and the other from a proud, but poor, socialist one. When the children learn that Malú's mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to run away together to find Malú's father and persuade him against signing the permission forms. Viva Cuba is a sweet adventure tale that follows Malú and Jorgito as they journey through rural towns and across mountain passes in a determined effort to save their friendship.

A fine candidate to show young teens curious about the world of foreign film...a colorful, sad, and lovely entry...with mature and memorable portrayals by its two young leads.
Jen Johans, Film Intuition

En un relato similar a Romeo y Julieta, la amistad entre dos niños se ve amenazada por las diferencias entre sus familias, una de la clase alta y otra de una familia socialista. Lo que ninguna de las madres reconoce es la inmensa fortaleza que tiene el vínculo entre Malú y Jorgito. Cuando los niños se dan cuenta de que la madre soltera de Malú planea irse de Cuba, ellos deciden viajar al otro lado de la isla para convencer al padre de Malú de no firmar los documentos que se lo permitan.

1:00 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Viva Cuba won numerous major international awards, among them the Grand Prix Écrans Juniors for Best Children’s Film at Cannes, Best Film at the International Children’s Cinema Festival in Taiwan, Best Actress for Malú Tarrau at the Rencontres de Cinéma Sud-américain in Marseille, and the Grand Prize at the International Festival of Children’s Cinema in Egypt.