Date & TimeSTART: 7:25 PM August 12, 2011
END: 9:00 PM August 18, 2011
Directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray, Unfinished Spaces is a documentary that takes an inside look at Cuba’s National Art Schools through the eyes of the three architects who first realized the buildings but never got to finish the project. From the film website:
In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream.
The film original premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival to much acclaim. It will be on view at the IFC Center from Friday, August 12 through Wednesday, August 18.