New York Film Festival to Screen Restored Print of Cuban Classic LUCÍA


The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the special screening of the 1968 Cuban classic Lucía by Humberto Solás as part of the Revivals section of the 45th edition of the New York Film Festival.

A key work of Cuban cinema, the first feature from director Solás is a trio of stories about women named Lucía, each in a different register: “Lucía 1895” (featuring Raquel Revuelta, the “Voice of Cuba” in I Am Cuba) is inspired by Visconti’s Senso; “Lucía 1933” (with Eslinda Núñez, from Memories of Underdevelopment) is closer to Hollywood melodrama of the forties; and “Lucía 196_”, made in the spirit of the revolutionary moment, is a broadly drawn tale of a woman (Adela Legrá) under the thumb of her domineering husband.

“One of the few films, Left or Right, to deal with women on the same plane and in the same breath as major historical events,” wrote Molly Haskell in 1974. Lucía is also a vivid visual experience, shot in glorious black and white by Jorge Herrero. 

The film was restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), and its restoration was funded by Turner Classic Movies and The Foundation's World Cinema Project. 

The 45th edition of the New York Film Festival will take place September 28–October 15.