STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE (FRESA Y CHOCOLATE)

The story takes place in Havana, Cuba in 1979. David is a university student who meets Diego, a gay artist unhappy with the Castro regime's attitude toward the LGBT community as well as the censored conceptualization of culture. David's homophobic classmate, Miguel, plans to use David to spy on Diego, a person whom they see as aberrant and dangerous to the Communist cause; Diego, for his part, initiates the friendship with sexual intentions.

 

SPANISH, ENGLISH, FRENCH | CUBA | 1993                        

DRAMA | FEATURE | 108 MIN | DVD | COLOR

 

Director: TOMAS GUTIERREZ ALEA, JUAN CARLOS TABIO

 

Director Biography:

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea : One of the best known and great Directors of Cuba, Alea wrote and directed more than 20 features, documentaries, and short films, which are known for his sharp insight into post-Revolutionary Cuba, and possess a delicate balance between dedication to the revolution and criticism of the social, economic, and political conditions of the country. His  work is representative of a cinematic movement occurring in the 1960s and 1970s known collectively as the New Latin American Cinema. This collective movement, also referred to by various writers by specific names such as “Third Cinema”, “Cine Libre”, and “Imperfect Cinema”.

 

Juan Carlos Tabío : One of the finest Cuban film director and screenwriter whose  film ‘Strawberry and Chocolate’ (1994), which he co-directed with Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, won a Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He has collaborated with director and close friend Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and actors Jorge Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz and Mirta Ibarra in several films. His 2000 film, ‘Lista de Espera’ was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

 

Cast: 
Jorge Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Francisco Gattorno, Joel Angelino, Marilyn Solaya

 

Crew: 
Producers:  Camilo Vives, Frank Cabrera, Georgina Balzaretti

Script and Screenplay: Senel Paz

Music: José María Vitier

Cinematography : Mario García Joya

Film Editing : Osvaldo Donatién, Rolando Martínez, Miriam Talavera

Sound: Germinal Hernández      

 

Festivals:

Golden Berlin Bear, 1994 Berlin International Film Festival

44th Berlin International Film Festival: Silver Berlin Bear—Special Jury Prize

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1994 from Cuba

Goya Award for Best Spanish-Language Foreign Film

Premio ACE awards: Cinema—Best Film, Cinema—Best Director, Cinema—Best Actor (Perugorría), and Cinema—Best Supporting Actor (Cruz)

Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize and Special Mention

Gramado Film Festival (Brazil): Audience Award, Kikito Critics Prize, and Golden Kikito awards in the categories of Best Latin Film, Best Actor (tie between Cruz and Perugorría), and Best Supporting Actress (Ibarra)

Havana Film Festival: Grand Coral—First Prize, Audience Award, FIPRESCI Prize, OCIC Award, ARCI-NOVA Award, and the categories of Best Direction, Best Actor (Perugorría), Best Actress (Luisina Brando), Best Supporting Actress (Ibarra), and Best Screenplay.