TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings

Memories of Underdevelopment

Memorias del subdesarrollo

Tomás Gutiérrez AleaCuba97 minutes196814AB&WSpanish

Apr 21
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    Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's adaptation of Edmundo Desnoes' novel brought Latin American cinema to international attention, establishing a mode of formally radical, politically charged filmmaking whose influence can still be felt today. Set in Havana in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution, the film follows Sergio (Sergio Correri), a bourgeois writer who has remained in Cuba after his friends fled, as he detachedly observes the new reality around him, including his own relationships with two women. Employing a fractured editing style to reflect the jagged, non-chronological play of memory, Memories of Underdevelopment is an incisive character study of apathy and alienation in the midst of social and political turmoil.