Memories of Underdevelopment / Memorias del subdesarrollo

Memories of Underdevelopment / Memorias del subdesarrollo

Director : Tomás Gutiérrez Alea /  Cuba / 97 / Spanish, English / 1968

In the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Sergio , an affluent writer, chooses to stay behind in Cuba while his wife and family escape to neighbouring Miami. Sergio is pessimistic about the revolution’s promise to bring sweeping change to his country, and he squanders his days prowling the streets of Havana looking for female companionship. Trouble erupts when his fling with chaste Elena nearly ruins him after her family accuses Sergio of rape.

Director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Screenplay Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Edmundo Desnoes
Producer Miguel Mendo
DoP Ramón F. Suárez
Editor Nelson Rodríguez
Music Leo Brouwer
Cast Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Nunez, Omar Valdés

Awards / Festivals

  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – FIPRESCI Prize