Memorias del desarrollo
Memories of overdevelopment
A film by Miguel Coyula. Cuba | 2010 | drama-experimental | 112 min.
Audio: Spanish & English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French & Portuguese
An intellectual leaves the Cuban Revolution and ‘underdevelopment’ behind only to find himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life in the ‘developed’ world. A portrait of an alienated man, an outsider with no clear-cut politics or ideology: a stranger in a strange land struggling with old age, sexual desire and ultimately, the impossibility for the individual to belong in any society.
Production of “Memorias del Desarrollo” took five years, starting in 2005 and completed in 2010, with locations in five countries. It is the first Cuban dramatic feature film with scenes filmed both in Cuba and the United States. After its world Premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, it went to garner several awards and honors and receiving almost unanimous positive reviews throughout its Film Festival run. The International Film Guide described it as one of the best films Cuba has ever produced.
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