Calendar: On the Horizon Film Series: Casa de la Noche and La Nube

Event Description

Enjoy Marcel Beltrán's films Casa de la noche and La nube, presented in conjunction with the second chapter of On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection. Beltrán, filmmaker and director of both films, will introduce the works and take questions following the screening.

The singular visions of Cuban filmmaker Marcel Beltrán uniquely intersect with the Abstracting History chapter of the On The Horizon exhibition. In his 2016 short film Casa de la noche, Beltrán abstracts the physical nature of film itself, taking found footage of home and family in nocturnal Havana and allowing the celluloid on which it was shot to disintegrate—serving as a metaphor for the crumbling realities of the past, and of re-interpreted history.

Pieces by Waldo Balart and Zilia Sánchez in the second chapter of the Jorge M. Pérez collection remind us of the horizon of the 1970s. In Beltrán's 2015 short film La nube, the look and feel of 1970s Cuba is recreated to suggest a dream of memory. Focusing on the passing of a father figure, a key element in Beltrán's oeuvre, a rural Cuban family re-examines its own history to corrosive effect.

Casa de la noche (2016, Cuba)
Directed by Marcel Beltrán
13 min., Spanish with English subtitles 

La nube (2015, Cuba)
Directed by Marcel Beltrán
23 min., Spanish with English subtitles

About Film Director Marcel Beltrán
Marcel Beltrán was born in Holguín, Cuba. His film Cisne cuello negro, cuello blanco screened at MoMa in 2013. In 2014, he received the Cinergia Award for the development of his documentary Soles de invierno. He was featured in the 2015 Miami Film Festival's Cuban Independent Emerging Film/Video Artist program. He continues to teach and direct new work in Havana.

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