*Melaza (Molasses)*. 2012. Cuba/Panama. Directed by Carlos Lechuga. Courtesy Habanero Film Sales

Melaza (Molasses). 2012. Cuba/Panama. Written and directed by Carlos Lechuga. In Spanish; English subtitles. 80 min.

With Yuliet Cruz, Armando Miguel Gómez, Luis Antonio Gotti. With the closure of their town’s sugar mill, a young couple, Aldo and Monica, are pushed to the point of desperation as they struggle to preserve their personal passions and principles. While these are potentially the makings of an overwrought drama, director Carlos Lechuga deftly defies the film’s title and delivers a work this is neither sickly sweet nor exceedingly dark. With acutely drawn characters, a subtle wit, and an understated style that never sacrifices humanism for the cerebral, Molasses heralds the arrival of a distinct new voice in world cinema.

  1. Wednesday, May 14, 2014,
    4:00 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2
  2. Sunday, May 11, 2014,
    2:00 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2