HAVANA SUITE (SUITE HABANA)

In this slice-of-life documentary, director Fernando Pérez chronicles the simple lives of various people living in Havana, Cuba, with minimal action and dialogue. Some of the subjects followed include: an old woman who makes her living selling peanuts on the street; a man who takes care of an elderly woman during the day and plays the saxophone at night; a doctor who aspires to be an actor; and a construction worker whose true passion is dancing ballet.

 

SPANISH | CUBA | 2003                                                   

DOCUMENTARY | FEATURE | 80 MIN | DVD | COLOR

 

Director: FERNANDO PÈREZ

 

Director Biography:

Fernando Pérez Valdés is a prominent Cuban film director. After graduating from the University of Havana he began working in the Cuban film industry in 1971 as an assistant director. His feature debut was the drama ‘Clandestinos’ (1987) but it wasn’t until Madagascar (1994) that he garnered significant international recognition. Pérez later directed ‘La Vida es Silbar’ (1998) and ‘Suite Habana’ (2003), the latter one being considered by some critics to be the best Cuban film in decades.

 

Cast: Francisco Cardet, Norma Pérez, Waldo Morales, Iván Carbonell

Crew: 
Writer and Director:  Fernando Pèrez

Producer: Camilo Vives     

Music : Edesio Alejandro, Ernesto Cisneros

Cinematography: Raúl Pérez Ureta

Film Editing : Pedro Oscar Pérez, Julia Yip

 

Festivals:

Mar del Plata International Film Festival: In Competition

Tribeca Film Festival

Sab Sebastian Film Festival:  Signis Award

Marrakech Film Festival: Nominated for Golden Star

Trieste Film Festival: Jury Award

Havana Film Festival: 12 Awards (FIPRESCI Prize)

Gramado Film Festival: Kikito Critics Prize, Special Jury Award

Catrtagena Film Festival: Golden India Catalina