After his family escape Cuba during the Bay of Pigs invasion, Sergio finds himself left wandering Havana. He drifts into memories of past romances, wondering what effect the underdevelopment of his country has had. Through this his feelings of ambivalence and alienation, surrounding his country's political and social changes, grows.
Hailed as one of the most sophisticated films to come out of Cuba, Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias Del Subdesarollo) is visionary Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s tour de force. Now, stunningly restored version on UK Blu-ray for the first time.
This cinematic masterpiece has been fully restored using the original camera and sound negative by Cineteca di Bologna with a vintage duplicate provided by the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos. This international initiative to save the film from decay was funded by The George Lucas Family Foundation and the Martin Scorsese-chaired World Cinema Project, founded to provide a resource for those countries lacking archival and technical facilities.
"A landmark…an absolutely tremendous film…a must-see" - The Guardian
Cast & Crew: Sergio Corrieri / Daisy Granados / Eslinda Nunez / Beatriz Ponchora / Directed by Tomas Gutierrez Alea
Awards: Karlovy Vary International Festival (1970), Won, Don Quijote Award / Karlovy Vary International Festival (1970), Won, FIPRESCI Prize / National Society of Film Critics Awards (1974), Won
Technical: 1968 / 93 minutes / Spanish with English subtitles / 1.66 : 1, Black & White / DVD: PAL Multi Region / Blu-ray: All regions / Produced by ICAIC
Licensed from Contemporary Films curtesy of AUDIOVISUALES ICAIC.