In I am Cuba, Soviet filmmaker Mikhail Kalatozov’s take on the Cuban revolutionary experience, the great Russian director attempted to create a film as powerful as Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin.
About I am Cuba
Set in the mid-1950s during the Batista dictatorship, the film traverses four loosely narrated stories portraying life in pre-revolutionary Cuba. Each episode is held together by a spoken monologue beginning with the words “Svoi Kuba (My Cuba or I am Cuba)”, depending on the English translation.
Shot in luscious black-and-white and demonstrating acrobatic camerawork, the film is an exhilarating visual experiment by Mikhail Kalatozov’s cinematographer, Sergei Urusevskii, in what the director and his cameraman termed ‘emotional camerawork’ – a technique to express characters’ feelings through camera movements. The film was scripted by the Russian poet and essayist Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
Disowned by Cubans as a romantic Russian take on the revolution experience, I am Cuba remained practically unknown outside of Cuba until it was rediscovered in the early 1990s. It is now considered a masterpiece of world cinema.
About the Screening
Kino Klassika is proud to present the film on 35mm with a print generously supported by Contemporary Films. The screening will be accompanied by an introduction from Michael Chanan.
Documentary Filmmaker and Film Scholar
Roger Munnings is currently chair of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the boards of PJSC Lukoil and JSC Sistema. Roger was Chairman of KPMG Moscow from 2004 – 2008.