O gato de Havana (The Cat from Havana)
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Dacio Malta. Brazil, 2016, 87 mins. In Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles. The nightclub Gato Tuerto is surely the most symbolic Cuban cabaret. For 55 years, it has been the refuge of the so-called intellectual bohemia in Havana. Cuba’s most important musicians have been on its stage, including stars such as Omara Portuondo, Pablo Milanés, César Portillo de La Luz, Meme Solis, Elena Burke, Juana Bacallao, and Chucho Valdés, among others. It has also been the stage for the world’s largest bolero—it is even registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Cat from Havana tells the story of this cabaret, its founders, artists, and clients, including luminaries such as Gabriel Garcia Marques, Caetano Veloso, and Julio Cortázar. The café-concert is actually a backdrop that reflects the history of Havana’s cultural and night life over five decades—with all its good and bad times.
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