Humberto Solás

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Humberto Solás
Born (1941-12-04)4 December 1941
Havana, Cuba
Died 18 September 2008(2008-09-18) (aged 66)
Havana, Cuba
Occupation Film director
Years active 1959-2008

Humberto Solás (4 December 1941 – 18 September 2008)[1][2] was a Cuban film director, credited with directing the film Lucía (1968), which explored the lives of Cuban women during different periods in Cuban history.[3]

His cinematic style borrows from Luchino Visconti's mise en scene and is permeated by sometimes heavy melodrama. He started making shorts at a very young age and directed his first medium length film Manuela in 1966. The success of this film led him to direct Lucía, told in three stories in different moments of Cuban history, all seen through the eyes of a different woman named Lucia.

Solás has won 13 awards for filmmaking and been nominated for an additional nine. His 1968 film Lucía won the Golden Prize and the Prix FIPRESCI at the 6th Moscow International Film Festival.[4] His 1985 film A Successful Man was entered into the 15th Moscow International Film Festival.[5]

In 1977 he was a member of the jury at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.[6] He has twice served on the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival, in 1977[7] and 1997.[8] In 2003, he founded Gibara's Poor Cinema Festival, "open to filmmakers with limited funds".[9] Solás was awarded Cuba's National Film Prize in 2005.[3]

Humberto Solás died of cancer on September 18, 2008, at the age of 66.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Solás directed twenty-four films, from La Huida in 1959 to Barrio Cuba and Adela in 2005,[3] wrote twelve and produced one.[10] The following is an incomplete filmography:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Obituary of Humberto Solas in the Guardian
  2. ^ El País HoustonChronicle.com en Español elpais.com
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Cuban Moviemaker Humberto Solas Dies at 66". New York Sun. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  4. ^ "6th Moscow International Film Festival (1969)". MIFF. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  5. ^ "15th Moscow International Film Festival (1987)". MIFF. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  6. ^ "10th Moscow International Film Festival (1977)". MIFF. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Berlinale 1977: Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  8. ^ "Berlinale: 1997 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  9. ^ "Cuba Filmmaker Humberto Solas Dies" Archived March 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., Prensa Latina, September 18, 2008
  10. ^ Filmography on IMDB
  11. ^ a b Filmihulluno 6/1970 p. 22

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