Cuba/Spain, 1981, 127 min, color
In Spanish; English subtitles
Music (Performance)


In 1830s Cuba, a rich slave owner’s son falls for Cecilia (Daisy Granados), a proud and beautiful mulatto girl. While revolution simmers and then boils on the island, his parents force him to marry a woman of his own class.


Cecilia, a loose adaptation of Cuba’s best-known historic novel written by Cirilo Villaverde, is an intimate and stark portrayal of colonial Cuba. The film’s interpretation and modification of the novel caused a scandal, making this the most controversial release in Cuban film history. Nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, Cecilia was the only Cuban film shown in Cannes until 2002.


(This film is ONLY available for sale on DVD and for research rentals. It may not be rented for a non-commercial public performance screening.)

Press comments

“A steaming, large-scale social melodrama… no one interested in the intersection of film and politics should miss this important film.”
The New York Times


“The most controversial Cuban film ever… creative, overwhelming. A great film!
— Cubanow.net


A powerful story!”
The Cuban Filmography


“A mystic, allegorical and melodramatic extravaganza of romance and intrigue.”
World Cinema since 1945


DVD Bonus Features:
  • Cualquier mujer: Interviews with Cuban Actresses
  • Photo Gallery
  • Director Biography & Filmography

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