Unfinished Spaces

Unfinished Spaces

In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to build Cuba’s National Art Schools. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country revelled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted. The architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant to the Revolution.

Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has since invited the exiled architects back to Cuba to finish their unrealised dream.

Composed primarily of archival footage and candid interviews with the architects themselves, Unfinished Spaces illustrates a nation’s evolution through the life of a single architectural project.

*Available in HD

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Festivals and Awards

“Find Your Audience” Award, Independent Spirit Awards 2012
Jury Award, Salem Film Festival 2012
Special Jury Prize, San Diego Latino Film Festival 2012
Best Reportage, Montreal Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) 2012

Official Selection:
L.A. Film Festival 2011
Miami International Film Festival 2012
DocuWeeks 2011


“An excellent documentary about a spectacular but unfinished architectural project that strongly reflects the arc of the Cuban experience of the past 60 years. Lucidly filmed… an absorbing film”
- Hollywood Reporter

“Elegantly traces the brief heyday and dark period of Cuba’s Art Schools”
- Variety

“Extraordinary, fast-moving, and engagingly dense documentary”
- Screen International

“A fascinating tale of visionary aesthetics and… sublime structures”
- The Wall Street Journal

“”A witty survey (and dismantling) of Cuban politics…”
- Village Voice

For similar titles in the Mercury catalogue, see:

Finding Fidel

The War On Democracy

Our Disappeared