Berlinale

Shock Labor (Obra de choque)

Synopsis
Socialist Cuba, 1988. A young romantic nurse does not want to have her child in the town she lives, but after a tornado sweeps her away to a vast luxury resort, she realises that there is no place like home.

Director’s note
I am the same age my parents were when they created me – however, I don’t think it’s a good idea to have children in Cuba, which has provided me many opportunities since childhood, but not without limiting my freedom. I asked them how they came up with the idea of bringing me into this world, and what their expectations were for the place in which I would grow up. The answers to these questions were the trigger for writing this script. I want to speak about all this with humour. I don’t want to use this story to convince anyone of a rock-hard truth, because the kind of art that tried to teach us truths was the one that hurt us. I want to tell a bittersweet, funny fairy tale; about how to escape an oppressive system by building and defending a personal world.

Cuba
Director: Marcos Díaz Sosa
Producers: Marinca Filmes (Cuba), Petit Film (France), Gema Films (Argentina), Cinevinay (Mexico)
European WCF partner: Petit Film (France)
World sales: tbc

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in November 2019
Funding amount: 25.000 €