Women in film: from Havana to Glasgow

The fourth Havana Glasgow Film Festival will be held across Glasgow from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 November.

Twinned in 2002, Glasgow and Havana share a richness of culture and identity that you're invited to celebrate with Havana Glasgow Film Festival's programme of film, dance, music, social events and discussions across Glasgow. This year, the festival will focus on women – behind and in front of the camera.

The last 12 months have been significant for women and cinema, with the rise of #MeToo, protests at the world’s leading showcases for film from Cannes to the Oscars, and 50/50 calling for equal representation for female filmmakers.

This year, Havana Glasgow Film Festival (HGFF) is proud to contribute to the debate, with a season of films that explore the role of women in Cuban cinema and challenge the prevailing culture of machismo.

HGFF have commissioned the restoration of three short films by the legendary Sara Gómez, who was both Cuba’s first female and first black filmmaker. The world premiere of these restorations, commissioned by the Festival, will take place at the GFT in collaboration with Africa in Motion.

The work of new Cuban female filmmakers will also be showcased. Opening the festival is Marilyn Solaya’s award-winning Vestido de Novia (His Wedding Dress). The film’s star, Laura de la Uz, will be staging Q&A sessions throughout the festival talking about her work with Cuba’s greatest living director, Fernando Pérez.

One of Cuba’s most prestigious filmmakers, Humberto Solás, made his name with Lucía - an epic film tracing the political consciousness and status of women on the island through the stories of three women with the same name. The festival will be screening a restored version by Martin Scorsese and the World Cinema Foundation, marking the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release.

Poster design for the film, Lucia

HGFF will also celebrate the centenary of the birth of Margaret Tait, Scotland’s renowned female filmmaker with screenings of her early shorts and an exploration of her connections with Cuba, principally through her friendship with Fernando Birri, the ‘father of Latin American cinema.’

For the closing film, El Techo (The Roof), director Patricia Ramos will be on hand to share her thoughts on contemporary Cuban youth culture.

Running alongside HGFF’s film programme will be a diverse mix of social and networking events, discussions, dance and music.

View the festival programme on the HGFF website.

HGFF received National Lottery funding of £9,200 through Screen Scotland's Film Festivals Fund.

For further information, contact:

Brian Beadie | brianbead18@hotmail.com | 07881303326

There is a wealth of female talent in Cuba and Scotland

"There is a wealth of female talent in Cuba and Scotland, it gives me so much pleasure in our fourth festival to be focusing on these great artists from 100 hundred years ago, 50 years ago and the present day. We have a wonderful and varied programme and we can't wait to show Glasgow the best of Cuban cinema."

Eirene Houston, Havana Glasgow Film Festival Director