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The cinema we didn’t see in the last decade
1978. 26th Edition
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Arsenal
Alekxandr Dovzhenko
URSS 
A soldier returns to Kiev after surviving a train crash and encounters clashes between nationalists and collectivists.

A soldier returns to Kiev after surviving a train crash and encounters clashes between nationalists and collectivists.

Ciclón
Santiago Álvarez
Cuba 
"Cyclone" arises from the need to represent the passage of Hurricane Flora through the island of Cuba. His images, taken largely from the ICAIC archive, show the unsuspecting arrival of the natural phenomenon.

"Cyclone" arises from the need to represent the passage of Hurricane Flora through the island of Cuba. His images, taken largely from the ICAIC archive, show the unsuspecting arrival of the natural phenomenon.

Der Krieg der Mumien
Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann, Walter Heynowski
East Germany  
Interviews with leaders of the Chilean right-wing opposition to the Popular Unit of Salvador Allende before and after the coup that established the military dictatorship.

Interviews with leaders of the Chilean right-wing opposition to the Popular Unit of Salvador Allende before and after the coup that established the military dictatorship.

El hombre de Maisinicú
Manuel Pérez Paredes
Cuba 
There are still counterrevolutionary bands that try to maintain a focus of terror on the population and restore contact with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States. One morning is the body of the administrator, Alberto Delgado, in the Maisinicú estate. Research reveals an intense and violent atmosphere, and a contradictory personality. Alberto Delgado's itine...

There are still counterrevolutionary bands that try to maintain a focus of terror on the population and restore contact with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States. One morning is the body of the administrator, Alberto Delgado, in the Maisinicú estate. Research reveals an intense and violent atmosphere, and a contradictory personality. Alberto Delgado's itinerary in recent months you can know the information of this Cuban counterintelligence services agent among the bandits operating in the area.

Freaks
Tod Browning
USA 
In a circus full of deformed beings, cripples and people with various amputations, Hans, one of the dwarves, inherits a fortune. From that moment, Cleopatra, a beautiful trapeze artist, will try to seduce you to get your money. To achieve its goal, draw a plan with the complicity of Hercules, the strongman of the circus.

In a circus full of deformed beings, cripples and people with various amputations, Hans, one of the dwarves, inherits a fortune. From that moment, Cleopatra, a beautiful trapeze artist, will try to seduce you to get your money. To achieve its goal, draw a plan with the complicity of Hercules, the strongman of the circus.

Gishiki / The Ceremony
Nagisa Oshima
Japan 
Upon receiving a shocking telegram from his cousin, a man recounts his early life, as a member of a broad family full of dark secrets that slowly reveal themselves through the clan ceremonies.

Upon receiving a shocking telegram from his cousin, a man recounts his early life, as a member of a broad family full of dark secrets that slowly reveal themselves through the clan ceremonies.

Hasta la victoria siempre
Santiago Álvarez
Cuba 
Cuban agit-prop filmmaker Santiago Álvarez produced this radical newsreel within forty-eight hours of Che Guevara's death by special request of Fidel Castro himself. Fellow filmmaker and Alvarez admirer Travis Wilkerson accordingly calls it "a pure distillation of the highly unusual conditions of production" that spurred Alvarez's "urgent cinema." Incorporating Guevara...

Cuban agit-prop filmmaker Santiago Álvarez produced this radical newsreel within forty-eight hours of Che Guevara's death by special request of Fidel Castro himself. Fellow filmmaker and Alvarez admirer Travis Wilkerson accordingly calls it "a pure distillation of the highly unusual conditions of production" that spurred Alvarez's "urgent cinema." Incorporating Guevara's own speeches and documentary scraps from the Bolivian campaign, Álvarez's resourcefulness is ever astonishing.

Il seme dell'uomo
Marco Ferreri
Italy 
A young couple discusses whether or not they should have a child in a few days in which a great plague plagues the Earth and causes the population to descend more and more. At the same time, they should also look for a safe place to take refuge from disasters that do not stop happening all over the planet.A young couple discusses whether or not they should have a child in a few...

A young couple discusses whether or not they should have a child in a few days in which a great plague plagues the Earth and causes the population to descend more and more. At the same time, they should also look for a safe place to take refuge from disasters that do not stop happening all over the planet.

A young couple discusses whether or not they should have a child in a few days in which a great plague plagues the Earth and causes the population to descend more and more. At the same time, they should also look for a safe place to take refuge from disasters that do not stop happening all over the planet.
Kôshikei / Dead by Hanging
Nagisa Oshima
Japan 
A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

La Villegiatura
Marco Letto
Italy 
Rossini,  history teacher and son of another professor, for his liberal ideas refuses to sign the oath of allegiance to the the fascist regime that Mussolini imposed on the professors university. After a period of imprisonment he is so assigned to confinement on an island. Here the young intellectual finds himself in contact with the composite humanity that populated the p...

Rossini,  history teacher and son of another professor, for his liberal ideas refuses to sign the oath of allegiance to the the fascist regime that Mussolini imposed on the professors university. After a period of imprisonment he is so assigned to confinement on an island. Here the young intellectual finds himself in contact with the composite humanity that populated the places of confinement: militiamen, agents, common and political coercion, villagers. The figure of the director of the colony, the commissioner Rizzuto, stands out among all, who was a pupil of his father, and for whom he continues to have feelings of esteem and devotion.

Las Hurdes (Tierra sin pan)
Luis Buñuel
Spain 
Documentary short film that makes a portrait of Las Hurdes (Cáceres), one of the poorest and least developed regions of Spain in 1932. Unhealthiness, misery and lack of opportunities cause the emigration of young people and the loneliness of those who remain in this desolate region of Extremadura.

Documentary short film that makes a portrait of Las Hurdes (Cáceres), one of the poorest and least developed regions of Spain in 1932. Unhealthiness, misery and lack of opportunities cause the emigration of young people and the loneliness of those who remain in this desolate region of Extremadura.

Lucía
Humberto Solás
Cuba 
Lucía tells three different episodes of Cuban history seen through three different women that coincide in the name (Lucía). The three historical periods are: the war of Cuba for the Independence of Spain, the 1930s and the 1960s .

Lucía tells three different episodes of Cuban history seen through three different women that coincide in the name (Lucía). The three historical periods are: the war of Cuba for the Independence of Spain, the 1930s and the 1960s .

Macbeth
Orson Welles
USA 
Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Mat
Vsevolod Pudovkin
URSS 
Adaptation of the homonymous novel by Máximo Gorki, is set during the Russian Revolution of 1905. It tells the tragic events of that year through the suffering of a mother for her son and her husband, a peasant woman who will become aware of the social struggle only through example and tragedy.

Adaptation of the homonymous novel by Máximo Gorki, is set during the Russian Revolution of 1905. It tells the tragic events of that year through the suffering of a mother for her son and her husband, a peasant woman who will become aware of the social struggle only through example and tragedy.

Misère au Borinage
Joris Ivens, Henri Storck
Belgium 
The harsh living conditions of miners in southwestern Belgium. “The situation of one or more working families, as it appears in Borinage, has nothing revolutionary in itself. It is his confrontation with the stocks of coal, the destruction of consumer items, the images of the workers' struggle, which should cause the audience to become aware".

The harsh living conditions of miners in southwestern Belgium. “The situation of one or more working families, as it appears in Borinage, has nothing revolutionary in itself. It is his confrontation with the stocks of coal, the destruction of consumer items, the images of the workers' struggle, which should cause the audience to become aware".

Nel nome del padre
Marco Bellocchio
Italy 
In 1958, Angelo enters a dilapidated religious school, where most domestic servants are mentally retarded. Angelo soon demonstrates that he is different from his companions, rebelling against the archaic regulations of the institution, in constant struggle with the vice-rector.

In 1958, Angelo enters a dilapidated religious school, where most domestic servants are mentally retarded. Angelo soon demonstrates that he is different from his companions, rebelling against the archaic regulations of the institution, in constant struggle with the vice-rector.

Now!
Santiago Álvarez
Cuba 
Documentary short film about the struggle for civil rights of the black population of the United States in the 1960s. The text of the song refers to the urgent need to fight, with more effective methods, for the equality of citizens' rights. Racist incidents produced in California in 1965 are shown, suggesting a more decisive call for fighting racists and racial injustice. ...

Documentary short film about the struggle for civil rights of the black population of the United States in the 1960s. The text of the song refers to the urgent need to fight, with more effective methods, for the equality of citizens' rights. Racist incidents produced in California in 1965 are shown, suggesting a more decisive call for fighting racists and racial injustice. It is considered the first video clip in history.

Ordet
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Denmark 
Around 1930, in a small town in western Jutland, the old farmer Morten Borgen lives. He has three children: Mikkel, Johannes and Anders. The first is married to Inger, has two young daughters and awaits the birth of his third son. Johannnes is a former student of Theology who, having imbued himself with Kierkegaard's ideas and identifying himself with the figure of Jesus Ch...

Around 1930, in a small town in western Jutland, the old farmer Morten Borgen lives. He has three children: Mikkel, Johannes and Anders. The first is married to Inger, has two young daughters and awaits the birth of his third son. Johannnes is a former student of Theology who, having imbued himself with Kierkegaard's ideas and identifying himself with the figure of Jesus Christ, is considered by all as a madman. The third, Anders, is in love with the tailor's daughter, an uncompromising leader of a rival religious sector. Such circumstance revitalizes the discord that has always existed between the two families, since neither sees with very good eyes that their children marry.

Pasazerka
Andrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz, Andrzej Munk
Poland 
After World War II, Liza fled from Europe. Until then he had been vigilant in the Auschwitz concentration camp. When he returns years later, during the boat trip he recognizes a face he has not been able to forget ...

After World War II, Liza fled from Europe. Until then he had been vigilant in the Auschwitz concentration camp. When he returns years later, during the boat trip he recognizes a face he has not been able to forget ...

Por primera vez
Octavio Cortázar
Cuba 
A traveling film projectionist brings the film Modern Times (1936) to a secluded village that has never seen a motion picture before.

A traveling film projectionist brings the film Modern Times (1936) to a secluded village that has never seen a motion picture before.

Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina
Marco Bellochio
Italy 
A populist right-wing tabloid newspaper tries to derail the official police investigation of a brutal murder of a young girl in order to help the fascist and right-wing candidates it supports in the upcoming elections.

A populist right-wing tabloid newspaper tries to derail the official police investigation of a brutal murder of a young girl in order to help the fascist and right-wing candidates it supports in the upcoming elections.

Sweet Movie / Dulce película
Dušan Makavejev
Canada 
A beautiful woman, who has been elected Miss World 1984, marries an eccentric millionaire who ends up repudiating her. Then it goes to a kind of sect that, through hallucinatory therapies, intends that the minds of its members return to childhood. At the same time, a sailor linked to the Bolshevik Revolution (1917) joins the captain of a strange ship, the Survival, who sails pr...

A beautiful woman, who has been elected Miss World 1984, marries an eccentric millionaire who ends up repudiating her. Then it goes to a kind of sect that, through hallucinatory therapies, intends that the minds of its members return to childhood. At the same time, a sailor linked to the Bolshevik Revolution (1917) joins the captain of a strange ship, the Survival, who sails proclaiming his only motto: absolute freedom.

The Big Knife
Robert Aldrich
USA 
Charles Castle, a very demanding Hollywood actor with himself, is not satisfied with his latest performances. Therefore, when a producer makes a tempting offer that he considers would damage his reputation, he rejects it. But the producer blackmails him, threatening to reveal facts of his past that would tarnish his prestige more than the role he has offered.

Charles Castle, a very demanding Hollywood actor with himself, is not satisfied with his latest performances. Therefore, when a producer makes a tempting offer that he considers would damage his reputation, he rejects it. But the producer blackmails him, threatening to reveal facts of his past that would tarnish his prestige more than the role he has offered.

The Spanish Earth
Joris Ivens
USA 
A documentary showing the struggle of the Spanish Republican government against a rebellion by ultra-right-wing forces led by Gen. Francisco Franco and backed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

A documentary showing the struggle of the Spanish Republican government against a rebellion by ultra-right-wing forces led by Gen. Francisco Franco and backed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

Tri pesni o Lenine / Three Songs of Lenin
Dziga Vertov
URSS 
Three anonymous songs about Lenin provide the basis for this documentary that celebrates the achievements of the Soviet Union and Lenin's role in creating them.

Three anonymous songs about Lenin provide the basis for this documentary that celebrates the achievements of the Soviet Union and Lenin's role in creating them.

Umberto D.
Vittorio De Sica
Italy 
Umberto Domenico Ferrari is a retiree who tries to survive with his miserable pension. Immersed in poverty, he lives in a pension, whose owner mistreats him because he fails to raise the money necessary to pay his room rent. The only friends he has in this world are a young maid and especially his dog Flike.

Umberto Domenico Ferrari is a retiree who tries to survive with his miserable pension. Immersed in poverty, he lives in a pension, whose owner mistreats him because he fails to raise the money necessary to pay his room rent. The only friends he has in this world are a young maid and especially his dog Flike.

Uomini Contro / Many Wars Ago
Francesco Rosi
Italy 
On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous Italian attack upon the Austrian positions leads to a mutiny among the decimated Italian troops.

On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous Italian attack upon the Austrian positions leads to a mutiny among the decimated Italian troops.

Ustedes tienen la palabra
Manuel Octavio Gómez
Cuba 
It reconstructs, in the same place of the facts, a trial celebrated in 1969 to four men, accused of sabotage for having caused the fire of a forest plan that caused the death of eight people and great material losses. At the same time, it retrospectively analyzes the circumstances that contributed to the occurrence of the crime.

It reconstructs, in the same place of the facts, a trial celebrated in 1969 to four men, accused of sabotage for having caused the fire of a forest plan that caused the death of eight people and great material losses. At the same time, it retrospectively analyzes the circumstances that contributed to the occurrence of the crime.

Zemlya
Alexandr Dovzhenko
URSS 
An old Ukrainian peasant prepares to die on the land where he has worked all his life. His grandson, Vasil, decides then that the council of the town must buy a tractor to share it among the farmers, who together will overcome the difficulties of nature and the oppression of the rich landowners.

An old Ukrainian peasant prepares to die on the land where he has worked all his life. His grandson, Vasil, decides then that the council of the town must buy a tractor to share it among the farmers, who together will overcome the difficulties of nature and the oppression of the rich landowners.

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