City in Red

Beautifully realised, “City in Red” perfectly evokes the look and atmosphere of Cuba in the late 1950′s and, especially, the fight for freedom by the people of Santiago de Cuba and the price they had to pay for victory. Springing crisply from the pages of Jose Soler Puig’s novel “Bertillon 166”, the film explores the cost in young lives and the permanent psychological and emotional scars left on ordinary people who are forced to take up arms. It eloquently explores the struggle to return to equanimity and a sense of self worth after one has stepped over the line to become a killer; a struggle that many Cubans live with to this day. A highlight of the Festival.

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