Following the Havana Glasgow Film Festival, Cinemaattic take the opportunity to bring to Glasgow a focus on one of the most remarkable film school around the world: EICTV San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.
A special off fest screening, this Friday at CCA
Important Note: We have curated 2 different programmes showcasing our favourite contemporary short films from EICTV film school. These programme is entirely new, unseen in Glasgow and different than the one screened last Saturday with HGFF.
Unique chance to catch a programme than goes from the most honest documentary short films about the Revolucion! to the newest cinematic experiments made in the EICTV film school.
Rarely before have the time constraints of a single cinema screening made it more difficult trying to choose which films not to show you from the large production of the International Film and TV school of Cuba EICTV.
Our aim is to showcase the consistency in quality output through their 30+1 years of existence. And, also, the way they do things. We have watched a great number of films coming from EICTV and there is an identifiable theme/genre that goes across most of the movies? Remember we are not talking Cuban cinema alone — most of the directors of these films aren’t Cubans — yet there is a common line of view, something that goes across different promotions of the School and underpins the narrative of the films we are showing in this Cinemaattic event.
We avoid falling into well-established archetypes, you will find no dance or music in this collection, and neither we will be trying to judge Cuban recent history. If we thought about cinema as entertainment but also as a way to give the most accurate portrait of a society in all levels we would find this unifying strand to be Cuba.
Cuba is in itself a great subject for a cinematographic focus. The wealth of social variety, the influence of their recent story, its resistance to influence from most of the outside world (and the myth that goes around it), the expectation of a normalisation of its relationships with the rest of the world and the changes this will bring set a unique pattern, creates a topical character which we are about to explore in more detail through the lenses of EICTV students and is the source of the anxieties of the characters represented in the films.
EICTV students give us a snap shot on today’s Cuban life, both in their cities and in rural areas, which is free from explicit criticism; it doesn’t try to be judgemental. The films we are showing in this short celebration of the EICTV will offer an insight on different segments of Cuban society and how the recent history of their country affects the way the live.