Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Fresa y Chocolate/Strawberry and Chocolate

Following a screening of pivotal Cuban film Fresa y Chocolate/Strawberry and Chocolate (1993) directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío, Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films curator Carol A. Wells leads a panel on the creativity and free expression employed by the Cuban artists who reinterpreted Hollywood posters for Cuban audiences.

“Fresa y Chocolate, Cuba’s only Foreign Language Film Award nominee to date, explores political tensions in Castro’s Cuba in the 1970s, especially in regard to the oppression of the gay community. It follows the burgeoning friendship between naïve college student David (Vladimir Cruz) and political rebel Diego (Jorge Perugorría), as they negotiate society’s expectations of them as men, revolutionaries, artists and friends. American critics praised the film, expressing surprise at its sophisticated and frank treatment of sexuality and Cuban politics.”

Special panelists include actors Jorge Perugorría and Mirta Ibarra (schedules permitting), and Sandra Levinson, Executive Director of The Center for Cuban Studies.

Attend this offsite event at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater: 8949 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. $5 tickets go on sale September 5 through the Academy here.

Presented in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 

Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films is co-organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) in partnership with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), curated by CSPG Founder and Executive Director Carol A. Wells, and accompanied by a brochure. The exhibition is supported by the PMCA Board of Directors, PMCA Ambassador Circle, and the California Visionary Fund. Media sponsorship is provided by LALA

Both From Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films and From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles 1967-2017 is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative at the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

 

Banner Image: Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, Por Primera Vez/For the First Time [detail], 1968. Silkscreen, 29 15/16 x 20 1/16 inches. Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC). Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics; Featured Image: Antonio Reboiro, Moby Dick [detail], 1968. Silkscreen, 29 15/16 x 20 1/16 inches. Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC). Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics