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2022 North Carolina Latin American Film Festival: Cuba at the Edge: Short films by Eduardo del Llano

October 16 at 7:00 pm

Eduardo del Llano Rodriguez is a Cuban writer, university professor, film director, producer and screenwriter.

Del Llano graduated with an Art History degree from the University of Havana in 1985. In 1982 he founded the comedy theatre and literary quartet NOS-Y-OTROS that existed until 1997. From 1990 to 1995 he taught History of Latin American art and History of Photography at the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Havana.

With the short film Monte Rouge, a satire on the work of Cuban state security, he seemingly emerged as a critic of the Cuban government.

His series under the title Nicanor O’Donell includes more than 15 short films produced with his production company SexMachine Films. Del Llano is also director and screenwriter of OMEGA 3 (2014), one of the only Sci-Fi films produced in Cuba.

With virtual participation by Eduardo del Llano, from Havana.

The NCLAFF has selected three of Del Llano shorts from his Series titled: Who is Nicanor O’Donell?. All of the films are independent, digitally captured, produced and distributed by Eduardo del Llano in the past decade and a half. The series focuses on the daily experiences of Nicanor O’Donell (Luis Alberto García), a kind of prototypical Cuban man, who acts as a vehicle to present a satirical perspective on different aspects of contemporary Cuba. We can talk about a sort of realism in Del Llano’s short films, a deep and immerse knowledge of the Cuban experience, but at the same time the capacity to move away to look at it objectively. Del Llano also represents an emergent independent cinema sector in the island; his work functions as a sort of “in-betweeness.”

Monte Rouge

Dir. by Eduardo del Llano. Cuba. 2004. 14:41 min.

Nicanor is making a gourmet coffee when two strangers knock at his door. They identified themselves as members of the Secret Police. They are visiting him to install microphones in his apartment to listen and record his anti-regime remarks. But having only two available microphone heads to install in one room only, they ask for Nicanor´s help: from now on he should criticize the government in that room only…

Photoshop. 2006. 20:30 min.

Ana, Nicanor’s partner, wants her daughter to look good at school wearing stamps of the Heroes of the Homeland. Nicanor will have to deal with a series of characters with an unheroic attitude to get them.

 Aché. 2010. 29:47 min.

Nicanor gets into all kinds of problems when he has to get a new Cuban flag for his House.