Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, June 09, 2017

9:30 PM

(Cuba/1968—directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)

Set in the post-Revolutionary Havana of 1961, director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s breakthrough film was the first major Cuban feature film to play in U.S. theaters in the 1960s, but has been unavailable on American screens for years. It’s a rich, insightful drama about Sergio (a superb Sergio Corrieri), a young bourgeois who chooses to stay on the island after Castro seizes power, despite the fact that his family and most of his friends have fled. Juggling the constant anxiety over perceived threats of invasion with his refusal to make changes in his womanizing habits, Sergio’s universe becomes increasingly unpredictable and vaguely surreal; his mindset is mirrored by director Aléa’s innovative cinematic style, blending drama and documentary in a crystalline portrait of a man whose alienation is at odds with his need for human contact. Restored in 2016 by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation project. (97 min.)

Festival passes are now on sale. Individual tickets will be available May 9 at the festival website.
Cineteca di Bologna, one of Europe’s most renowned archives for film restoration and preservation, organizes the world-renowned festival Il Cinema Ritrovato every summer, where thousands view classic films at outdoor screenings in Bologna's Piazza Maggiore. A special touring program of rare, previously endangered, newly-restored classic films will be presented during this year’s Cinetopia Festival, from June 8th through June 11th, exclusively at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre. This series is curated by Guy Borlée of Cineteca di Bologna and Elliot Wilhelm of the Detroit Film Theatre, in collaboration with The Italian Consulate in Detroit .