In Curatorial 2014

CP SOUTH AMERICA 1 / SUN. 14 SEP, 13.00 / CINEMA XXI – TIM

SUITE HABANA E

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18+

Country of production Cuba
Language Spanish
Subtitle English
80 min, Color, 2003

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Pagi menyingsing di Havana, dan kota kuno itu pun menggeliat dengan kehidupan warganya. Kuba awal abad ke-21: negara kecil yang berjuang mempertahankan idealisme komunisnya di zaman ketika rezim-rezim komunis ambruk di mana-mana; negara kecil yang berjuang untuk mandiri di tengah embargo si raksasa rakus Amerika Serikat. Tanpa narasi, tanpa dialog, hanya dengan gambar dan bunyi-bunyian serta iringan musik, kita menyusuri keseharian 10 orang warga biasa dari Havana yang kehidupannya saling berkelindan mungkin tanpa mereka sadari, mulai dari bocah pengidap sindrom down yang diurus oleh keluarga dan sekolahnya, dokter yang bermimpi menjadi aktor, sampai nenek-nenek yang terpaksa masih harus berjualan untuk memenuhi kebutuhan hidupnya. Inilah monumen perayaan bagi keuletan warga Kuba.

 Ronny Agustinus

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The sun shines in Havana, and that ancient city also rises with its dwellers’ activities. Cuba in the early 21st century: a small country that seeks to maintain its communist ideals in the time when everywhere in the world the communist regimes have fallen to pieces; a small country that is struggling to survive amidst an embargo from the voracious giant: the United States of America. Without a narration nor a dialogue, only pictures, sounds and music, we follow everyday life of ten commoners whose lives interrelate, sometimes without them knowing, from a boy who suffers a mental illness that is taken care of by his family and school, a doctor who dreams to become an actor, to elderly women who are forced to work in a trade to survive. The film is a moment of celebration for the tenacity and persistence of the Cubans.

 Ronny Agustinus

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Fernando Pérez
(Havana, 1944) mempelajari sastra di Universidad de la Habana, lalu menjadi jurnalis di Angola dan Nikaragua selama 1970an, selain menulis kritik film untuk majalah Cine Cubano. Karya-karya sinematik awalnya adalah dokumenter pendek, tapi pamor internasionalnya mulai menjulang lewat filem fiksi Clandestinos (1988). Sesudah tiga lagi filem fiksi, Pérez kembali ke dokumenter lewat Suite Habana (2003), yang bisa dibilang filem terbaik dan tersuksesnya sampai saat ini. Filem-filem Pérez berkutat dengan persoalan kemasyarakatan Kuba terutama Havana, khususnya periode pasca-Soviet.
(Born in Havana, 1944) studied literature at Universidad de la Habana then become a journalist in Angola and Nicaragua during 1970s, aside from writing film criticism for Cine Cubano magazine. His early cinematic works were short documentaries, but his international reputation started with his fiction film Clandestinos (1988). After finishing three more fiction films, Pérez returned to documentary with his work Suite Habana (2003). The film is considered to be his best and most successful film until today. Pérez’s films revolve around issues of Cuban society especially Havana in the post-Soviet period.

 

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