Andrew Lang - Sons Of Cuba (2009) - DVD

Director: Andrew Lang

Price - £6.99

Film Info:

2009 / 89 minutes / Spanish with English subtitles / Dolby SR / 1.78 : 1 Colour / DVD PAL Multi Region / MRBDVD033

Synopsis:

Andrew Lang’s first film ranks among the fairest portraits of Cuba by an outsider. Assembling an all-Cuban crew (including Domingo Triano, who worked on Memories of Underdevelopment) and granted full access to chronicle Havana’s Boxing Academy, he shows the forces that drive the institution and by extension Cuban society. It is also a defining historical document, as it captures the anxiety created in the wake of Fidel Castro’s retirement from office and withdrawal from public life. In its focus on three boys trained for Olympic Glory, Lang is able to evoke the complexity of contemporary Cuban society. Using the form of the observational documentary, interspersed with detailed interviewsSons of Cuba portrays the various political and cultural influences that underlie a sport’s role in society.

Reviews:

Beautifully structured story of sacrifice, companionship, grief and glory -- Time Out

The moving finale will have you weeping like a chump -- The Times

Andrew Lang's surefire crowd-pleaser is equal parts coming-of-age tale and sports drama...a knockout doc -- Variety

As moving and insightful a film as you'll see all year -- The Telegraph

A spectacle of yearning and heartbreak -- The Guardian

Cast & Credits:

Cristian Martinez Noriega
Yosvani Bonachea Morgan
Santos Urgelles Diaz
Junior Menendez Lemar

Directed: Andrew Lang

Awards:

- British Independent Film Awards (2009): Nominated, Best Documentary
- Havana Film Festival (2009): Won, Best Foreign Language Film
- Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (2009): Won, Best Documentary
- Malaga Spanish Film Festival (2010): Won, Audience Award
- Rome Film Festival (2009): Won, Best Documentary
- San Diego Latino Film Festival (2009): Won, Audience Award

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