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Screen Cuba presents: Strawberry and Chocolate 18

Screened in partnership with Screen Cuba
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabio, Cuba , 1993, 108m.

The late Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, often cited as Cuba’s greatest director, worked alongside Juan Carlos Tabío to create this Oscar-nominated modern classic. Based on the short story by Senel Paz, the film charts the relationship of David, a young Communist student, with a flamboyant gay Catholic writer, Diego. A Communist Party stalwart entices David to spy on Diego, to entrap him. Instead, David becomes attracted to Diego’s intelligence and expansive personality. The film explores tolerance, inclusion, and homophobia with great humour. It affirmed an important right – that everyone should be able to participate equally in society and in the revolution. This unmissable film had a deep impact on Cuban audiences, provoking widespread discussions and debate.  


1995, Oscar nominee, Best Foreign Language Film

1994, Berlin Film Festival, winner, Silver Bear, Special Jury Prize

1995, Sundance Film Festival, winner, Special Jury Award in Latin America Cinema

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

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