It’s the ‘90s and the world is changing dramatically. Cuba is drowning in hunger, cigars and rum. In this grim environment, the lives of couple Candelaria (64), and Victor Hugo (63), who stay together out of inertia, take a surprising turn. One day Candelaria finds a hi8 video camera at the hotel where she works. Through its lens, Candelaria and Victor Hugo see, caress, and love each other once more. But this unexpected happiness is only the bittersweet beginning of the end. Candelaria: a tragicomedy that moves to the rhythm of the Cuban son.
Three years ago, I travelled to Havana. In a neighbourhood street in central Havana, I ran into an almost 90-year-old woman called Candelaria. She came out of nowhere to tell me one of those stories that inspire and invite you to keep on living despite the hardest adversity. Candelaria had dark eyes and burnt skin, and a hoarse voice. In a sing-song accent, she invited me to buy her some banana cake. She ordered two slices, I paid US$20 and she laughed. She laughed so hard that I didn’t know what to say. In that moment this beautiful story was born.
Venice International Film Festival 2017, Venice Days
Key festivals and awards
Fedora Award, Venice International Film Festival 2017; Audience Award, Cinélatino 2018; Filmfest München 2018; Fénix Film Awards 2018
Colombia, Cuba, 2017
Director: Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza
Producers: Antorcha Films (Colombia), Razor Filmproduktion (Germany), Dag Hoel Filmprod (Norway), Producciones de la 5ta avenida (Cuba)
European WCF partner: Razor Films (Germany)
World sales: Beta Films (Germany)
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2016
Funding amount: 50,000 €