Meñique: the Cuban Odyssey

After six and a half years of uninterrupted work, Cuban animation director Ernesto Padrón’s major work, Meñique, the first animated feature made with 3D technique in the largest of the Antilles, premiered in Cuba

Ernesto Padrón (Cárdenas, Matanzas, 1948) spent a lifetime preparing to undertake his major work: Meñique, first animated feature made with 3D technique in the largest of the Antilles.

Since childhood, Ernesto was fanatical about superheroes and comics. In his first years of adolescence he began to delve into audiovisual production as an amateur, with his brother Juan Padrón and his cousin Jorge Pucheux. That passion would chase him like a sort of obsession until one day he succeeding in crowning the dream of becoming an animated film producer at the Animation Studios of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC).

How did this fact mark your becoming an animated film producer?

My brother, my cousin and I were fans of U.S. comics and also cartoon fanatics. We even made cartoons with an 8 mm Kodak camera and we made paper animations. We animated toys in a sort of stop motion, trick ...


Roberto Fernández Retamar: Literature and Decolonization

Reflections on ten years of ascendant intellectual work that go from the book Papelería (1962) to the iconic and controversial Caliban (1971), both by Cuban poet and essayist Roberto Fernández Retamar.


Arturo Sotto: “I’m Interested in the Creator's Artistic Honesty”

With a bet on “film divertissement,” Boccaccerías habaneras, the most recent feature film by Cuban filmmaker Arturo Sotto, gets to the world of cinema.


Combining Our Riches

On the joint work carried out by the Cuban Film Institute and the National Film Center of Venezuela


Salvador Dali’s Engravings Arrive in Havana

“The work of art should impress you without touching you,”said mythical artist Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), an icon of surrealism. His graphic workspread over five decades can be appreciated these days inthe National Museum of Fine Arts’ Universal Art Chamber.