Juan Carlos Cremata

by 2 September 21, 2015

Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti (born November 18, 1961, Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban film director. He started his career as an author and actor for children’s TV shows, made for the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television from 1981 to 1987. He is above all famous for his movie Viva Cuba, which received the Best Children’s Film award (Grand Prix Écrans Juniors) at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2005. After writing and acting for children’s TV shows for 6 years, Cremata Malberti dedicated his career to feature-length films. His specialty is bittersweet comedies, depicting the Cuban society, its roots and its daily life. Cremata’s first commercial film was the documentary La época, El encanto y Fin de siglo made in 2000. His first feature film was Nada in 2001. This film was noted within the Cuban film industry for its innovative mise en scène. His latest film, El Premio Flaco, adapted from Cuban writer Hector Quintero’s play, tells the story of a woman whose luck changes drastically when she wins a contest sponsored by a ham company. This low-budget film received a hearty welcome for his premiere at the Havana Film Festival.


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