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Up to a Certain Point
Original title:
Hasta cierto punto
Slovenian title:
Do neke točke
Section:
FOCUS: CUBAN CINEMA 60
Country, year:
Cuba, 1983
Length:
75
Directed by:
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Screenplay:
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Serafín Qinones, Juan Carlos Tabío
Cinematography:
Mario García Joya
Music:
Leo Brouwer Mezquida
Subtitles:
German, slovenian
Language:
Spanish
Voting code:
/
Cast:
Óscar Álvarez (Oscar), Mirta Ibarra (Lina), Omar Valdés (Arturo), Coralia Veloz (Marián), Rogelio Blain (Diego), Ana Vina (Flora), Claudio A. Tamayo (Claudio), Luís Celeiro (Quinones)
Awards:
Havana 1983 (Best Director)

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Description:
An insightful satire on the battle of the sexes in contemporary Cuban society.
Oscar, screenwriter of a film about "machismo" and Arturo, the director, choose the port of Havana to prepare their plot thinking that there is where machismo has its deepest roots. Lina, worker at the port, fits the thematic pretensions of the script. The rapport between Oscar and Lina develops into a loving relationship. But their future together is compromised by machismo prejudices which are not limited solely to the working classes.

"All films on blacks or on machismo were made by different individuals. But the interesting thing is that both themes deal with discrimination. The revolution changes the social base, and, theoretically, there is legally no more discrimination, neither against blacks nor against women. But in the minds of people, prejudices linger on, and you have to fight them at another level, not with laws but by dramatizing them." (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)