Havana’s 35th International Film Festival features fine arts exhibitions

Published on : Friday, November 8, 2013

Havana's 35th International Film FestivalIn line with time-honoured tradition, Havana’s 35th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema features fine arts exhibitions as part of its programme, including the work of Cuban artist Servando Cabrera (1923-1981).

The exhibition The Source of Life (La fuente de la vida) includes 19 oil paintings that Cabrera made in the 1970s and 80s, part of his series of nudes and fusioned torsos, with a markedly erotic accent.

This expo commemorates the painter’s 90th birthday and opens on Nov. 22 at the El Reino de Este Mundo gallery of the National Library in Havana.

Cabrera ventured into expressionism and figurative art, and is very well known for his epic paintings dedicated to the heroes of the Cuban Revolution.

The painter had a close relationship with cinema, and participated in filming the documentary El Megano, by Cuban director Julio Garcia Espinosa. It was from that experience that his series “Carboneros” (charcoal makers) emerged.

Cabrera also designed posters for Cuban films like Pages of the diary of Jose Marti by Jose Massip and Portrait of Teresa by Pastor Vega.

Another visual arts highlight of this year’s film festiva includes drawings and watercolours of the popular animated films of Cuban director Juan Padron, in a show called “De eros, vampiros y otras escenas similares” (Of Eros, Vampires and Other Similar Scenes).

Another exhibition to be inaugurated for the film festival features posters designed by Cuban Antonio Fernandez for the movie HaraKiri, by Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.

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