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Running Time: 109 minutes
Country: Dominican Republic
Cast: Harvey Keitel, Diana Bracho, Iben Hjejle, Gael García Bernal, Andhy Mendez
Showtime: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 @ 07:00 PM
Director: Juan Gerard
Description: Actor Harvey Keitel teamed with a roster of Cuban-American talent - including exiled actors Reinaldo Miravalles and Pedro Renteria - to evoke this misty coming-of-age reverie set in 1958, in the last year of the Battista regime.
In the town of Holguin, a boy at the local cinema watches the Doris Day melodrama "Julia" when the screen goes black in mid-cliffhanger. Castro's rebels have destroyed the power plant. It stays dark for months as Hollywood gloss and the magic of childhood gives way to the sweat, blood and tears of a land in turmoil. Father leaves the island, a revolutionary squares off against police and the boy's shady grandpapa Che (Keitel) tries to fix deals and protect the family like always.
Throughout, the boy's secret companion is a mysterious, sleek blonde named Julia, who looks curiously like Doris Day. Like "Cinema Paradiso" and "Movie Days," CUBA LIBRE speaks the universal language of celluloid, the stuff that dreams are made of, in a world that sometimes seems nightmarish.
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