Miguel Mendoza, the producer of classic Cuban films such as Memorias del subdesarrollo, died on Sunday at 88 years of age in Havana, a few days after being recognized with the National Film Award 2019 for considering him a benchmark in his specialty.
Mendoza was one of the founders of the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematographic Industry (ICAIC), where he held different positions until he reached the position of director of production of important films, a note from that state body stands out this Monday.
ICAIC also pointed out that at the age of 21 this important filmmaker took over the production of Soy Cuba, a Cuban-Soviet film premiered in 1964 by director Mikhail Kalatozov.
In reviewing his work, he recalls that from 1960 to 2004 the producer participated in the production of more than 45 feature and medium-length fiction films and some 20 commercials and video clips.
In addition to the production of director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea‘s films (Memorias del subdesarrollo and Fresa y Chocolate), which produced other films relevant to Cuban cinematography such as Manuela, La primera carga al machete, Los días del agua and Mujer transparente.
The ICAIC also highlighted that at the age of 21 this important filmmaker assumed the production of Soy Cuba, a Cuban-Soviet film premiered in 1964 by the director Mikhail Kalatózov.
He produced films such as Jacques Besnard’s Avanti (France), Alain Nahum’s Sharks in Havana, Jean Sagols’ Blue Indigo, both co-productions Cuba-France, Matusalem II and The Law of Silence (Canada) and Estorbo (Cuba-Brazil), a feature film by Ruy Guerra.
To this he added the production of serials for television and the courses and seminars of theory and technique for the production of audiovisuals that he taught as a teacher.
Mendoza’s death occurred when he was scheduled to receive in an official ceremony – next Friday, March 22 – the National Film Prize in the central ceremony for the 60th anniversary of the ICAIC.
The award was given to the producer shared with sound recorder Jerónimo Labrada and director of photography Livio Delgado, both with an outstanding trajectory within Cuban cinematography.