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  • Actors: Thais Valdés, Reynaldo Miravalles, Alberto Pujoles
  • Directors: Daniel Dí­az Torres
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KW90KS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,166 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alice In Wondertown" on IMDb

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{WINNER - FREEDOM PRIZE Berlin Film Festival 1991}

Inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic tale, Daniel Díaz Torres's Alice in Wondertown is a absurdist comedy and an allegory with a dark political undercurrent. Alice is a drama teacher who goes on a cultural mission to a small town where the most bizarre occurrences are commonplace. Mirrors become doors, circus animals walk the streets, and it seems anything could happen - but everyone except Alicia seems resigned to the situation. She discovers before long that the town's population is made up of officials and workers who have been fired for violating rules minor or illusionary, and now cannot find their way out of this strange town.

One of the most controversial films in the history of Cuban, Alice in Wondertown was banned by government authorities from Cuban theatres shortly after its release, almost resulting in the end of independence that the Cuban film industry enjoyed.

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Monty Pythonesque hijinks and an unmistakable Caribbean wit. --Cinematheque Toronto

Examines the psychological effects of a revolution in ordinary people. --The Economist

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Alice in Wondertown - First Run Features

Cuban films, most of which were hard to find in the United States, now are becoming available in amazing quantities. And this is great, because these movies, for better or for worse, talk for the Cubans and their realities. "Alice in Wondertown" (Alicia en el Pueblo de Maravillas) is a superb example of this. It is a quite a smart, entertaining, and mostly funny film, that takes a satirical look at day-to-day life on the island.

The movie was inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice in Wonderland," and it stars Thais Valdés, who plays Alicia Díaz, a TV reporter that decides to quit her job, and go to work to the town of Maravillas de Noveras, where she will work as an acting teacher. Once she arrives, she realizes that this is no ordinary town, which in part makes sense, because it doesn't belong to any Cuban province, but it is rather located between two of them. Maravillas is always windy and dark, and Alicia learns that she will be working at the Sanatorium Treatment (known as SATAN), a convalescence hospital, in which she will be putting together plays for their theater. However, it doesn't take time for her to discover that there is a method to the madness of the city, and SATAN itself provides the key to the insanity in Maravillas. She will try to change things for good, and is told that "if you want to live here, you have to earn it." Got that right.

Ably directed by veteran Daniel Díaz Torres, who was also responsible for the critically successful "Hacerse el Sueco" (2001), "Alice in Wondertown" talks to us about life in Cuba and issues of censorship.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sylvia on July 26, 2010
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Excellent portrait & critic of the so famous "special period in peace times" (periodo especial en tiempo de paz)long lived in Cuba under Castro's command. You must carefully look for & realize the magnitude of the critic shown in every part of the film. The recurrent fried eggs meant shortage of beef, the chained cuttlery meant no place to buy them, making them an easy stollen item, etc. The final explosion of sulfur? Try to guess. It's nothing less than the desire of freedom of this people.
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