Juan Carlos Tabío and the Challenge of the Serious Laugh

Comedy is an essential discursive strategy, established as one of the most efficient communicative resources for broaching the main zones of conflict in Cuban society. The present text offers a brief and relevant analysis of this strategy in some of the works of Juan Carlos Tabío, National Prize Winner in Film.

From the very moment of ICAIC’s foundation, Cuban film has availed itself of diverse resources that have served it for approaching reality in a critical way: the absurd, satire, re-reading history from the present, the use of metaphor…. Comedy is, among all of them, an essential discursive strategy that was established as one of the most efficient communicative resources for broaching the main zones of conflict in Cuban society. In this way, and taking advantage of the fact that this year Juan Carlos Tabío, one of the main cultivators of this line, won the National Prize in Film, it’s worthwhile analyzing this strategy in some of his works, specifically in Plaff o demasiado miedo a la vida (1988), Lista de espera (The Waiting List, 1999), which closes the decade of the ‘90s and marks the transition to the next, and the more recent El cuerno de la abundancia (Horn ...

read more >>

Luis Carbonell: on the Olympus of Cuban culture

Beloved and respected by the public, admired by several generations of Cubans who acknowledged him as their master, the memory of Luis Mariano Carbonell Pullés (1923-2014), known as the Acuarelista de la Poesía Antillana (roughly translated as the Watercolorist of Caribbean Poetry) will always remain alive in Cuba. He said goodbye to us recently, in this fateful year for Cuban culture.

read more >>

La Rampa: The Final Voice of Mario Coyula

Renowned Cuban architect Mario Coyula, author of numerous works of enormous value for national patrimony, died recently in Havana. The following interview, perhaps his last statements to the press, was given by him in the midst of the distress about death.

read more >>

The Charisma of Eddy Chibás

Eddy Chibás, a Cuban who restored public faith by focussing on ethics in the national politics of his time.

read more >>

Leonardo Favio, from music to movies and vice versa

Composer and filmmaker, singer and actor: the quadruple talented Argentinean Leonardo Favio

read more >>