Unfinished Spaces

Written by  //  November 10, 2011  //  Starz Film Fest  //  No comments

Hugo saw this film at the Starz Denver Film Fest. It’s still going on – you should GO!

Even communists can’t agree on good architecture. This workmanlike documentary looks back into one of the casualties behind Cuba’s cushy relationship with Soviet Russia during the 1960s: the partly funded- almost completed-but later abandoned- National Arts Schools. We meet the three architects behind its construction, who are still lucid and eager to talk about the project’s ups and downs. They still harbor dreams of finishing it (one out of the five is completely renovated), but their hopes oscillate when there’s no funding to make it happen.

The doc’s trepid pace is helped by the charming personalities of these ambitious and resilient architects, but it’s still about 40 minutes too long, even for history and architecture buffs.

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Hugo Dracula

Richard Karpala, aka Hugo Dracula, is a film maker and critic based in Denver. His first short film, "Deadbox" was an official 2012 selection at the 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival, the Gen Con Indy Film Festival and the International Film Fest of the Bizarre. In the hallowed halls of the Manse Richard is known as "Hugo Dracula," a former inmate and current best-selling author of "Life in 2D", a survivalist tale that recounts his harrowing prison sentence inside of the Phantom Zone. He is currently writing the follow-up, "Zoning Out: Life On the Streets." Follow Richard Karpala on Twitter

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