Film at the heart of Cuba’s Europe Month

By Daily Pérez Guillén

Film will take center stage as part of the second edition of Europe Month, a multicultural and multinational event that will take place in Cuba between April 9 and May 9, the date on which Europe Day is celebrated.

The program includes a broad and representative sample of more than 25 films, presenting diverse aesthetics, themes and settings, originating in the majority of the countries that make up the European Union.

This year, the Isle of Youth will host the “Isla Verde” (Green Island) International Film and Environment Festival of the Caribbean for the second time, running April 21 through 27, chaired by Cuban actor Jorge Perugorría, recently awarded the National Film Prize. The Festival is also supported by UNESCO’s Transcultura programme, which participates in Europe Month with events on fashion, heritage and the inauguration of a modern sound studio at the San Antonio de los Baños International School of Film and Television.

The broad artistic program, which also includes music, literature, visual arts and cuisine, highlights the links between the member states of the European Union and Cuba, which have Havana’s Center for the Interpretation of Cuba-Europe Cultural Relations as an expression of their historic ties.

Europe Month will extend to the provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Holguín and Cienfuegos with proposals linked to visual arts, coordinated for the first time by the Embassy of Bulgaria in Havana.

The initiative is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Havana City Historian, Cuban Cinematheque and other institutions. The details were presented at a press conference by the Ambassador of the European Union to Cuba, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, alongside several representatives of the diplomatic corps of the region and Anne Lemaistre, director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean.