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Life is to Whistle
Original title:
La vida es silbar
Slovenian title:
Življenje je žvižganje
Section:
FOCUS: CUBAN CINEMA 60
Country, year:
Cuba, Spain, 1998
Length:
106
Directed by:
Fernando Pérez
Screenplay:
Eduardo del Llano Rodríguez, Fernando Pérez Valdés
Cinematography:
Raúl Pérez Ureta
Music:
Edesio Alejandro
Subtitles:
German, slovenian
Language:
Spanish
Voting code:
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Cast:
Claudia Rojas (Mariana) Coralia Veloz (Julia), Luis Alberto García (Elpidio Valdes), Juan Manuel Reyes (Ismael), Rolando Brito (dr. Fernando)
Awards:
Havana 1998 (Golden Coral)

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Description:
A surrealist story about three Cubans torn by inner conflicts, Life is to Whistle doubles as a metaphor for the uncertainty surrounding Cuban society in the twilight of Castro's reign.
The film tells the stories of three end-of-the millennium Cubans, whose lives intersect on the Day of Santa Barbara. Mariana, a nymphomaniac ballerina, ponders breaking chastity vows she made to land the coveted role of Giselle; Julia has fainting spells each time she hears the word "sex," and Elpidio, a musician, seduces a gringa tourist while Bebe, the narrator, takes the viewers for a taxi ride along the streets of Havana.

"I'm a movie-maker, but also a movie-lover, and when a film grips me, by the force of its narrative, by the motivation that surges out of its characters, I believe its story, its reality, I absorb it. And this is the type of cinema I like to make, because I believe in the aesthetic emotion and in cinema that creates emotion and then lets you come up with your own thoughts. When you work with emotions, you create profound thought and consciousness." (Fernando Pérez Valdés)