Nicolás Guillén Landrián

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Nicolás Guillén-Landrián
Born 1938
Camagüey, Cuba
Died July 23, 2003
Miami, Florida

Nicolás Guillén Landrián (1938 in Camagüey, Cuba - July 23, 2003 in Miami, Florida) was a Cuban experimental filmmaker and painter.

Guillén was an accomplished filmmaker. He made a total of 13 documentaries, although they were heavily censored and prevented from being part of the Cuban film industry. In 1964, he was given a special award at the Krakow Film Festival for his film En un barrio viejo. In 1968, his documentary Coffea Arabiga featured the Beatles' song "The Fool on the Hill" as Fidel Castro appeared on screen. That same year, Guillén was accused of plotting to assassinate Castro. The Cuban government interrogated him for six months in Villa Marista. From 1970 to 1989, he was repeatedly jailed and institutionalized. He received at least eight treatments of electroconvulsive therapy, never under sedation.[citation needed]

As painter, he taught René Portocarrero and Victor Miquel Moreno Piñeiro in painting.[1]

In 1989, he was able to flee Cuba and lived the rest of his life in Miami, Florida. He died of cancer at Mercy Hospital in Miami. After his death, his widow had his body flown from Miami and entombed in Colon Cemetery, Havana in Cuba. His uncle was Afro-Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén. Filmmakers Victor R. Jiménez Sosa, and Jorge Egusquiza produced a biographical documentary of Nicolás Guillén Landrián in his own words, Nicolás: the end but not the end, by Coincident Productions (2005).

On 2013 J. Manuel L. Herrera directed "Remembering Nicolasito", and wrote Nicolas Guillen Landrian in 3D. This book was presented on the 30th Miami Book Fair International.


  1. ^ Victor Moreno -Ein kubanischer Maler, ISBN 978-3-9812227-2-2

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