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Cuban Filmmaker Miguel Coyula Visits Bowdoin

Story posted February 10, 2014

Professor Nadia Celis, the Department of Romance Languages, and the Programs of Latin American Studies and Film Studies invite everyone to the screening of the movie Memorias del desarrollo(Memories of Overdevelopment), main feature of the opening night of the “World Cinema Film Screenings”. The screening will be held in Kresge Auditorium, on Monday, February 17 at 7 pm, and will be followed by a conversation with director Miguel Coyula.

Miguel Coyula (Havana, 1977) is one of the most accomplished and internationally acclaimed Independent Filmmakers from Cuba. He is the director of several experimental short films and two feature films, Cucarachas rojas (2003) and Memorias del desarrollo (2010), which have granted him dozens of awards. In addition to presenting and discussing his work, he has conducted workshops and given talks at Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Tulane, and the University of Arizona. Coyula is also an instructor in the International School of Cinema and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, where he graduated in 1999, and a novelist, the author of Mar rojo, mal azul(2013).

Coyula's work is aesthetically focused on exploring new ways of storytelling through digital technology, yet his films are lucid and sophisticated portrayals of a variety of historical events and political matters. Memorias, based on a novel by Edmundo Desnoes, tells the story of a Cuban intellectual who leaves "underdevelopment" behind to find himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life as a professor in the "developed" world. The protagonist is a witness to the Cuban Revolution and the several waves of migration leaving the island from the 60's to the 80's, as well as to the attacks of September 11th in New York. 

World Cinema Film PosterPremiered on Sundance 2010, the film has received, among other awards the Best Foreign Film in the Mostra Principal, Arraial Cine Fest, Brazil, 2012; the Best Director of the Latin-American Section in the Málaga Film Festival, Spain, 2011; the Cine Latino Award at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival in 2011; and the Best Film by the Havana Film Festival in New York, 2010. The International Film Guide also selected Memorias as the best Cuban Film of 2011.The movie is not available in DVD or for commercial purposes. Therefore, it would be truly an exceptional opportunity for the Bowdoin community to watch this film in the context of the "World Cinema Film Screenings".

Coyula’s visit will also include a workshop titled “Making Independent Films in Cuba”, open to students, faculty and community members interested in filmmaking (February 18, Smith Auditorium, 4 pm). Please RSVP to ncelis@bowdoin.edu

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, the Programs of Latin American Studies and Film Studies; the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund; LASO – the Latin American Students Organization; and the Trinidad-Brunswick Sisterhood Association.

The World Cinema Film Screenings include other two Hispanic films. IsabelCoixet'sMap of the Sounds of Tokyo will be screened on Friday February 21st, presented by professor David George of Bates College. Pablo Berger's Blancanieves (Snow White) will be screened on Sunday, February 23rd, presented by professors Tricia Welsch, Elena Cueto, and Birgit Tautz. All films will be screened at 7 pm, in Kresge Auditorium.