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Thursday, 1 June 2017
Latest film of Fernando Perez to go on general release in Cuba
by: Prensa Latina
Still from Last Days in Havana film by Fernando Perez 2016
The most recent film by the Cuban director Fernando Pérez, Last Days in Havana, will go on general release across Cuba from 1 June, after winning several international awards.
The work, presented at the Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana December 2016, dominated the prizes receiving the Special Prize of the Jury and the prize for Best Sound.
In addition, the film won the Golden Biznaga for Best Ibero-American Film at the Malaga Festival in 2017 and the prize for Best Supporting Actress went to the young Gabriela Ramos.
The feature film, co-produced by the Cuban Institute of Cinema and Art (Icaic), Wanda Visión, and with the participation of Ibermedia, tells the story of Miguel - who dreams of emigrating to New York - and Diego - who dreams of living while spending his time in bed terminally ill with AIDS.
A gallery of characters surrounds the couple, and an unusual visa will change the fate of all.
According to film critics, the film, whose director won the 2007 Cuban National Film Award, is a reflection of Cuban society and interpersonal relationships where education, hope, and a journey mark the end of a purpose.
The two main characters have the same names as the protagonists of 'Strawberry and Chocolate' (1994), an emblematic film of Cuban directors Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío.
Both protagonists, played by Patricio Wood (Miguel) and Jorge Martínez (Diego), share virtues and defects with the celebrated paradigms (of Strawberry & Chocolate).
Once again, Perez has managed to squeeze the hearts of the spectators with a drama that is not pessimistic, despite multiple readings, but he is forceful in his approach, and at the same time a defender of the best of human values.