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Strawberry and Chocolate
Original title:
Fresa y chocolate
Slovenian title:
Jagode in čokolada
Section:
FOCUS: CUBAN CINEMA 60
Country, year:
Cuba, Spain, Mexico, USA, 1993
Length:
108
Directed by:
Tomas Gutirrrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabio
Screenplay:
Senel Paz
Cinematography:
Mario García Joya
Music:
José María Vitier García-Marruz
Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
Spanish
Voting code:
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Cast:
Jorge Perugorría (Diego), Vladimir Cruz (David), Mirta Ibarra (Nancy), Francisco Gattorno (Miguel), Joel Angelino (German), Marilyn Solaya (Vivian)
Awards:
Berlinale 1994 (Special Jury Prize, Teddy Award for Best Feature Film), Havana 1993 (Best Leading Actor, Best Director, FIPRESCI Prize)

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Description:
The first Cuban film to receive nomination for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Strawberry and Chocolate tells the story about the unlikely friendship between two men from diametrically opposed worlds.
Havana, Cuba, 1979. Flamboyantly gay artist Diego attempts to seduce the straight and strait-laced David, an idealistic young communist, and fails dismally. But David conspires to become friends with Diego so he can monitor the artist's subversive life for the state. While discussing politics, individualism and the freedom of expression, the two men strike up a warm friendship.

"When I read Senel Paz's script, I immediately understood that this is not just a story of homosexuality, but a contemplation of universal issues, including understanding of fellow human beings and tolerance. And I certainly think that this is reflected in my film." (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)