Unfinished Spaces

Director Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
Genre Documentary
Runtime 86 minutes
Supplier Unfinished Spaces, LLC.
Festivals/Awards Audience Award - Film Independent Los Angeles 2012
Release Date In theatres on August 17, 2012


"Cuba will count as having the most beautiful academy of arts in the world." -Fidel Castro (1961)

Cuba's ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro's Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.

In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream.

Unfinished Spaces features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art, and it also documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists.

Audience Award - Film Independent Los Angeles 2012

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Press & Articles

“'Unfinished Spaces': Castro’s ‘Unfinished’ business” - The Boston Globe

“'Unfinished Spaces' Review” - Variety

“'Unfinished Spaces' Review” - The Hollywood Reporter

“Buena Vista Social Club All Over Again” - Huffington Post

“The 'Unfinished Spaces' of Cuba” - Dwell

“'Unfinished Spaces' at the Los Angeles Film Festival” - Examiner

“'Unfinished Spaces' Review” - Film Threat

“Los Angeles Film Festival 2011: 'Unfinished Spaces'” - Slant Magazine

“Cuba Libre: 'Unfinished Spaces' explores the heritage of Cuba's lost modernism” - The Architect's Newspaper

“Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | Alysa Nahmias' and Benjamin Murray's 'Unfinished Spaces'” - Indiewire

“'Unfinished Spaces': Cuba's Art and Revolution” - Tonight at the Movies

“LA Film Fest Serves up a Global Feast of Docs” - Documentary

“The Cheat Sheet: L.A. Film Festival 2011” - Los Angeles Times

“Listening at Latinbeat, Looking In on Ol' Blue Eyes ” - The Wall Street Journal

“First Drafts: Architect Ricardo Porro on His Project for Fidel Castro” - The Atlantic

“Critic's Pick: Go! Los Angeles Film Festival 2011 Preview” - Los Angeles Times

“'Unfinished Spaces' to premiere this weekend in Los Angeles” - Archinect

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