“The most controversial film in the history of Cuba”
ALICE IN WONDERTOWN
(“Alicia en el Pueblo de Maravillas”)
Available on DVD beginning February 17, 2009
Banned in Cuba for satirizing the opportunism and indolence embedded in Cuban bureaucracy, Daniel Diaz Torres’ ALICE IN WONDERTOWN is both an absurdist comedy and an allegory with a dark political undercurrent – “the most controversial film in the history of Cuba” (Dennis West, Cineaste). Bursting at the seams with “Monty Python-esque hijinks and an unmistakable Caribbean wit” (Toronto Cinematheque), ALICE IN WONDERTOWN is finally available on DVD beginning February 17th.
In this uproarious, iconoclastic film inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice is a drama teacher who goes on a cultural mission to a small town where the most bizarre occurrences are commonplace. Mirrors become doors, circus animals walk the streets, and it seems anything can happen – and everyone except Alice seems resigned to the situation. She discovers before long that the town’s population is made up of officials and workers who have been fired for violating rules, minor or illusionary, and now cannot find their way out of this strange town.
Daniel Díaz Torres began in the ICAIC (Cuba's film institute) as a film critic. In 1975 he made his first documentary, Libertad para Luis Corbalán. He has been a director and teacher at the International School of Film and Televisión in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, since the school was established. He was awarded with "Por la cultura Nacional" and "Sello de Laureado" in recognition of his contribution to Cuban arts and literature.
“ASTOUNDINGLY UNIQUE! It somehow combines social realism with magic realism for a funny and bluntly horrifying satire of life in the Caribbean worker’s paradise. a banquet for lovers of satire and a feast for aficionados of the absurd.” -Christopoher Harris, The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Directed by DANIEL DÍAZ TORRES
Written by DANIEL DÍAZ TORRES & GRUPO “NOS-Y-NOSOTROS”
Music FRANK DELGADO Editor JORGE ABELLO
Director of Photography RAÚL PÉREZ URETA Producer HUMBERTO HERNÁNDEZ
Starring THAIS VALDÉS, REYNALDO MIRAVALLES, ALBERTO PUJOL, CARLOS CRUZ, RAÚL POMARES
DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Short Film: Paul Kopinzky (Directed by Malte Ollroge)
•A booklet is included which contains an Interview with Daniel Diaz Torres, a Diaz Torres Biography & Filmography, and a Director's Note: “To Alice, On Her 17th Birthday”
ALICE IN WONDERTOWN
(Original Title: “Alicia en el Pueblo de Maravillas”)
93 minutes, color, Spanish w/ English subtitles, 1990
UPC: 7-20229-91363-8 • Catalog #: FRF 913638D • SRP: $24.95 / CAN: $29.95
Street Date: February 17, 2009
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