Michael Dweck: Habana Libre and The End: Montauk, N.Y.
Both 'The End: Montauk, N.Y' and 'Habana Libre' are snapshots of places in time and ways of life that are either fading or being completely reinvented.Here are two worldly paradises, both built-up in the 50's and preserved since-for better or worse; both populated by insular groups in some kind of isolation, whether itself or externally imposed; both beset by threats from without and by new hierarchies from within.The implied subtext of seduction, isolation and the individual's interpretation of freedom threads through both works.Habana Libre (2011)
is an island intrigue, playing on the theme of privilege in a classless society, beauty and art in one of the last communist capitals. It is an insider's exploration of one close knit group of well connected friends-the creative elite-living a secret, charmed life in Cuba. The elegance and intimacy of this social world and the identities of some of the players adds to the mischief, given that this is happening in Castro's Cuba. The End: Montauk, N.Y. (2004),
portrays the old fishing community of Montauk and its surfing subculture. It is an evocation of a real-world paradise lost: of summer, youth, and erotic possibility; of community and camaraderie in a special place apart-an American version of the Arcadian vision. Blending nostalgia, fantasy, and documentation the present a compelling portrait of a place in time and a way of life at once fading and being reinvented with each new season. back