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This season celebrating ‘50 Years of Revolution on Film’ hits its stride with Pavel Giroud’s ageing gangster drama Omertà and the queer politics of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Strawberry and Chocolate (pictured). Also showing later in the season are Manuel Pérez’s moving meditation on aging Diary of Mauricio and Giroud’s earlier film An Awkward Age about an adolescent’s coming-of-age during the dawning of Castro’s Cuba. www.cuba-solidarity.org.

GFT, Glasgow until Sun 30 Aug

Omerta

  • 2008
  • Cuba
  • 82 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pavel Giroud
  • Cast: Manuel Porto, Kike Quiñones, Teresa Calo

1950s Cuba-set drama about bodyguard to one of the best known gangsters in Havana, Rolo (Porto). The strange new environment following the triumph of the Revolution proving alienating to the accomplice, Rolo embarks on one final gold-hunting mission.

The Awkward Age

  • 2006
  • Cuba/Spain/Venezuela
  • 90 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pavel Giroud
  • Cast: Ivan Carreira, Mercedes Sampietro, Susana Tejera

Cuban filmmaker Giroud's 1958-set sardonic memoir chronicles the life of ten-year-old Samuel, his impressions of Havana, his divorced mother and his fiesty Grandmother.

Mauricio's Diary

  • 3 stars
  • 2006
  • Cuba
  • 135 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Manuel Pérez
  • Cast: Rolando Brito, Blanca Rosa Blanco, Larisa Vega Alamar

Revolutionary Mauricio (Brito) is struggling with the loss of his wife and finds himself spending his 60th birthday alone in Havana. Flashbacks of the character's life are skilfully intertwined with a series of passages from the present, and the profound political upheavals of the 1990s are brought to the fore.

Up To A Certain Point

  • 3 stars
  • 1983
  • Cuba
  • 88 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
  • Cast: Óscar Álvarez, Mirta Ibarra, Omar Valdés

A theatre director falls for Lina (Ibarra), a worker from the Havana docks, and their ensuing romance wittily dissects the nature of the bourgeois intellectual.

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