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Screen Cuba presents: Jose Marti, the Eye of the Canary 18

Screened in partnership with Screen Cuba
Fernando Pérez, Cuba, 2010, 105m.

An excellent example of an historical drama, a genre in which Cuban filmmakers excel. The Eye of the Canary is inspired by the little-known early years of José Martí, the great 19th century Cuban poet and activist, father of Cuban independence and national hero. The film tracks the boy’s growing political awareness, alternating between a grim realism and quiet poetic moments. It reveals Martí’s first contacts with politics and his connection with nature, elements that progressively forged his anti-colonial ideas. Pérez wanted the film to ‘humanise’ Martí and bring him ‘closer to young people’. The remarkable crafting of the character in a complex story is yet another outstanding achievement of Cuba’s foremost contemporary director.


2013, Association of Entertainment Chroniclers (ACE), winner, Best Director

2011, Oslo Films from the South Festival, nominee, Silver Mirror Award, Best Feature

2011, Mexican Ariel Awards, winner, Silver Ariel, Best Latin American Film

Proceeds from the Solidarity ticket will to go to Cuban film institute (ICAIC) projects including restoration of classic films.

Daniel Romero, Damián Rodríguea, Broselianda Hernández, Rolando Brito, Manuel Porto

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