Cuban Film Posters: From Havana to the World
An exhibition of 125 handmade silkscreened posters for Cuban and international films, from the collection of ICAIC.
The Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), the Cuban film institute, was formed soon after the revolution in 1959; it aims to promote the medium of film through a range of diverse activities including film and television production. ICAIC also presents numerous screenings of locally produced and international films throughout Cuba each year. And for each, a unique poster is created by a Cuban graphic artist.
ICAIC prints the majority of its originally designed film posters as silkscreens in a 20x30 inch format. These posters are widely distributed across Cuba, and underscore the important role that cinema and the visual arts play in contemporary Cuban life.
As part of an ongoing cultural exchange with Cuban film institutions, the Academy installed the new exhibition "Cuban Film Posters: From Havana to the World," displaying 125 graphically dynamic handmade silkscreen prints, all created by artists engaged by ICAIC. All of these posters have been donated by ICAIC to the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library. Featured were posters for international films such as "A Clockwork Orange," "The Shining," "Schindler's List," "The Bicycle Thief," "Z" and "Persona," and dozens of Cuban films including "Strawberry and Chocolate," Cuba's only Foreign Language Film Award nominee to date.
This exhibition was an outgrowth of the Academy's educational and cultural exchange with film professionals and students in Cuba. In December 2010, members of the Academy's International Outreach Committee traveled to Havana to participate in the 32nd International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. At the festival, the Academy also showcased the exhibition "From AMARCORD to Z: Posters from Fifty Years of Foreign Language Film Award Winners," featuring replicas of posters from the Margaret Herrick Library's collection.