Cuban Film Sergio & Serguei Captivates in Havana Film Festival

Havana, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban fiction feature Sergio & Serguei, by Ernesto Daranas, closes today its premiere cycle at the 39th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, with unanimous applause from the audience of this event.

According to its director, the film speaks of friendship, of what prevails beyond political conjunctures, and although it exposes a complex period of Cuban history, it approaches it with certain nostalgia because he selected a girl as a narrator.

In this way, the producer avoids that the economic precariousness of the 1990s and the trauma that meant the disappearance of the Soviet Union for the Cuban adult generation of the moment, lead the spectator to a depression; on the contrary, he bets on human values and optimism.

The fable of a Cuban amateur radio enthusiast who communicates with a Soviet cosmonaut on the famous Mir space station is not credible, Daranas noted at a press conference, but the fictional argument allowed him to allude to several realities and to make concrete criticisms.

Thanks to the acting performance of Tomás Cao, Héctor Noas, Mario Guerra, Yuliet Cruz, Ana Gloria Buduén, Armando Miguel Gómez, Camila Arteche and Ailín de la Caridad Rodríguez, and the script of Daranas, the viewer manages to identify himself with most of the characters and to recognize the negative ones.

Many Cubans see similar experiences, reactions and feelings reflected in the film and, perhaps, the metaphors to highlight the bad things, those things that – in the opinion of the director – we should stop taking seriously because they paralyze us, may be surprising, but we do not fall in the joking, nor in any excess.

The play features the special performance of the American Ron Perlman in the role of a Jewish journalist living in New York whose investigations reveal different forms of corruption of his government.

The character of Peter forms a triad with the Cuban Sergio and the Russian Serguei that will resolve one of the conflicts of the drama and ponder friendship, solidarity, and humanism, above any political belief or material need.

Perlman is proud to say that he managed to participate in a Cuban project, despite having to fill 3,000 pages of permits to come to work in Havana.

The artist highlighted the excitement of being one of the first Americans to come and work on a Cuban project despite the pressure of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the island more than 50 years ago.

He experienced it himself because when he asked for permission to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), they reminded him that Cuba suffers an embargo.

The actor said that his favorite place in the professional field is independent cinema because those who work for him are not there for the money but because they love the seventh art and share an enthusiasm and a cinematic vision.

Besides acting in Sergio & Serguei, Perlman ended up being one of the producers of the film that competes in the 39th edition of the Festival, within the fiction section, and that tonight will be screened in the cinema Charles Chaplin of this capital.

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