La vida es silbar

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Three different characters in a Havana, that always seems to be like today, must choose between clinging to their self-restricting beliefs, or getting rid of them to live more freely. Ballerina Mariana has recently promised God celibacy, if she gets the main role of "Giselle"; Social-worker Julia always faints after hearing a certain word, like other people do in the streets to different words; and percussionist Elpidio was abandoned by his mother named Cuba quite some time ago and has not yet gotten over the loss. Now he fells in love with an northern activist.

Festivals & awards

Festival des Lateinamerikanischen Kinos, Havanna 1998, Kuba:
Grand Coral - First Prize, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best New Actress, El Mégano Award, FIPRESCI Prize, OCIC Special Award, Radio Havana Award

Berlinale, Forum, C.I.C.A.E. Award

Goya: Best Spanish Language Foreign Film

Festival international de films de Fribourg (FIFF): Prix du public

Oslo Filmfestival, Films from the South Award

Rotterdam Filmfestival, KNF Award

Sundance Festival, Special Jury Prize

Viña del Mar, Grand Paoa

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Credits

Original TitleLa vida es silbar
TitleLa vida es silbar
Directed byFernando PĂ©rez
CountryCuba
Year1998
ScreenplayFernando PĂ©rez, Eduardo del Llano
Film EditingJulia Yip
SoundtrackEdesio Alejandro
CinematographyRaĂșl PĂ©rez Ureta
SoundRicardo Istuete
CostumesMiriam Dueñas
Production DesignRaul Olivia
ProductionICAIC, Havanna (Kuba), Wanda , Madrid (Spanien)
Formats35mm, DVD, Blu-ray, DCP
Runtime106 min.
LanguageSpanisch/d + f + e
CastLuis Alberto García, Coralia Veloz, Claudia Rojas, Bebé Pérez, Isabel Santos, Rolando Brito, Joan Manuel Reyes, Mónica Guffanti, Luis Ubaldo Benítez, Jorge Molina, Miguel A. Daranas, Zoraida Rosario

Credits

Original TitleLa vida es silbar
TitleLa vida es silbar
Directed byFernando PĂ©rez
CountryCuba
Year1998
ScreenplayFernando PĂ©rez, Eduardo del Llano
Film EditingJulia Yip
SoundtrackEdesio Alejandro
CinematographyRaĂșl PĂ©rez Ureta
SoundRicardo Istuete
CostumesMiriam Dueñas
Production DesignRaul Olivia
ProductionICAIC, Havanna (Kuba), Wanda , Madrid (Spanien)
Formats35mm, DVD, Blu-ray, DCP
Runtime106 min.
LanguageSpanisch/d + f + e
CastLuis Alberto García, Coralia Veloz, Claudia Rojas, Bebé Pérez, Isabel Santos, Rolando Brito, Joan Manuel Reyes, Mónica Guffanti, Luis Ubaldo Benítez, Jorge Molina, Miguel A. Daranas, Zoraida Rosario

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Press voices

«La vida es silbar gehört zu den köstlichsten Kinoerlebnissen.»
Der Bund, Bern

«Ein seelenerwärmendes Filmmärchen aus Lateinamerika.»
Tages-Anzeiger, Zürich

«Ein entschiedenes Plädoyer für ein selbstbestimmtes Leben.»
Forum des Jungen Films, Berlin

"Man möchte pfeifen vor Vergnügen."
Tages-Anzeiger

"Its surrealist imagery, inspired by Magritte paintings, lends it a thread of visual zaniness... the throbbing music of Bola de Nieve and Benny More, which punctuates the film, makes its erotic pulse race even faster."
The New York Times