Some popular Cuban movies include Juan Carlos Cremata?s ?Nothing,? Fernando Perez?s ?Suite Habana? and Alejandro Gil?s ?The Wall.? These Cuban films were all popular and critically successful.
Juan Carlos Cremata is one of the major names in Cuban cinema, and he made his reputation with ?Nothing,? his 2001 debut. The film centers on a young post office worker who rewrites letters in order to change the lives of their senders and recipients. When she learns that her visa to the United States has been approved, she must choose between an uncertain new life and her present circumstances.
Fernando Perez?s ?Suite Habana? focuses on the daily struggles of Cubans living in poverty. The film takes an unglamorous look at the darker side of Cuban culture in a style that is stark and frequently without dialogue. Released in 2003, ?Suite Habana? took home first prize from the Havana International Festival of New Latin American Cinema and received the SIGNIS Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Breaking from the predominant tradition of realism in Cuban cinema, Alejandro Gil?s 2006 film ?The Wall? focuses on a man who shuts out reality in favor of television. Bombarded by the chaos of modern media, the character begins to impose the conceits of television viewing on reality, focusing on the view out of a single window in his home. Gil presents a conceptual film that rewards active viewers.