Next screening is a German documentary picture about  contemporary Cuba or – as one critic puts it – about the “most beautiful city in the world”


2001, 80 min., dir. Uli Gaulke   Spanish with English subtitles


TIME: 5 p.m.

VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251

About the film:

Every evening the inhabitants of Havana gather in front of their TV’s to submerge themselves in the world of Telenovelas. These days it seems as though the ancient Soviet television sets can no longer fulfil their wish to escape reality. HAVANNA, MI AMOR tells of their struggle in those images, and the relationship between their everyday lives and the endless soap opera episodes. An homage to love, old television sets, and to one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The loosely related chain of individual stories comes together into a suggestive, realistic and poetic picture of moods and a city, floatingly framed by the carefree melancholy of Caribbean music.” Der Spiegel

“HAVANNA MI AMOR, a musical documentary from director Uli Gaulke, fascinates with its original approach. In lively images it deals with love in the time of the “telenovela”. With refined editing and an amusing method of cross –referencing scenes, Gaulke lets TV stereotypes collide with the many faces of real desire. Assisted by Jeannette Eggert, he has chosen his speaking partners, all of whom are experts in self-portrayal, well. Gaulke has further developed an interesting form: the narrative documentary.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“HAVANNA MI AMOR has found an attractive, unconventional means of getting close to the way Cubans live. Perhaps the secret of this is that Gaulke himself was raised in the GDR, so that the film avoids the kinds of cliches that occur so often in other Cuban films, most recently Wim Wenders’ “Buena Vista Social Club”… HAVANNA MI AMOR scores a direct hit in the heart of reality.” Der Standard

“For Cuba fans and those who want to become them, this is a must – for a public interested in more than the mainstream, a lively and thought provoking piece of cinema.” Blickpunkt Film

All welcome!

For further details please contact: 

Dr Marion Pape
German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380

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