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Guantanamera

Directed by: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío.

Cast: Jorge Perugorrâia, Mirtha Ibarra, Carlos Cruz, Raâul Eguren, Conchita Brando.

In this romantic comedy, Yoyita, a world-famous diva, returns to her home town of Guantanamo for an elegant reception and a surprise reunion with her once beloved, Candido. Overjoyed with the rekindled memories of her first love, Yoyita's elated heart fizzles while in Candido's embrace. Joining Yoyita's funeral procession back to Havana are her sexy niece Gina, a former professor blacklisted for political nonconformity, and her husband Adolfo, a tasteless government official in charge of the funeral proceedings. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Retrato de Teresa / Portrait of Teresa

Directed by: Pastor Vega.

Cast: Daisy Granados, Adolfo Llaurado, Alina Sanchez, Paual Pomares.

Teresa is a housewife and mother whose involvement in political and cultural groups incurs the displeasure of her husband. In Spanish with enhanced English subtitles. VHS.

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La vida es silbar / Life is to whistle

Directed by: Fernando Pérez

Cast: Luis Alberto Garcia, Isabel Santos, Coralia Veloz, Rolando Brito, Bebe Pâerez, Claudia Rojas

Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between clinging to their self-restricting beliefs, or getting rid of them to live more freely. Ballerina Mariana has promised God celibacy if she gets the role of "Giselle"; social-worker Julia always faints after hearing a certain word; and pot-smoking percussionist Elpidio was abandoned by his mother, coincidentally named Cuba, some time ago and has not yet gotten over the loss. Spanish dialogue, English subtitles. DVD

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