Fernando Pérez

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Fernando Pérez Valdés is a prominent Cuban film director. Pérez graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Language and Spanish Literature, and began working in the Cuban film industry in 1971 as an assistant director, before directing his first documentary in 1975. 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), considered by some critics to be the best Cuban film in decades. Additional works include Madrigal, El ojo del CanarioLa pared de las palabras (2014) and his latest film Últimos días en la Habana (2016).


1975: Cascos Blancos (Weisshelme)
1977: Cabinda (Cabinda)
1978: Siembro viento en mi ciudad (Ich säe Wind in meiner Stadt), Sábado rojo (Roter Samstag)
1979: Monimbo es Nicaragua (Monimbo ist Nicaragua)
1980: 4000 niños (4000 Kinder)
1981: Mineros (Minenarbeiter), Armas invisibles (Unsichtbare Waffen)
1982: Camilo (Camilo)
1983: Omara (Omara)
1985: La isla del tesoro azul (Insel des blauen Schatzes)
1987: Clandestinos (Gefährlich Leben)
1990: Hello Hemingway (Hello Hemingway).
1994: Madagascar (Madagascar)
1998: La vida es silbar (Das Leben ist Pfeifen)
2003 Suite Habana (Havana Suite)
2007 Madrigal
2010 José Martí: el ojo del canario (José Martí: The Canary's Eye)
2014 La pared de las palabras (The Wall of Words)
2016 Últimos días en la Habana (Last Days in Havana)
2018 Insumisas
2022 Riquimbili o El mundo de Nelsito

Ultimos dias en La Habana (Flyer)

Ultimos dias en La Habana (2016)

Diego and Miguel are both in their mid-forties. They are living in a dilapidated apartment in central Havana without running water or any modern amenities. Miguel earns his money washing dishes in a privately run restaurant; he, his family and neighbours also care for Diego, who is bedridden on account of his HIV infection. While Diego tries to maintain his joie de vivre, Miguel becomes increasingly withdrawn. Only the two of them know about Miguel’s secret: he is planning to emigrate to the USA and is just waiting for his visa. More

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José Martí: el ojo del canario (Flyer)

José Martí: el ojo del canario (2010)

Little is known of the childhood and youth of the great 19th-century Cuban liberator, José Martí. This robust biopic imagines his early years. The son of a magistrate, the precocious Martí — “Pepe” to family and friends — takes an early interest in justice. Gradually he enters the nascent independence movement and, not yet 18, is arrested for sedition. Respectful, yet not worshipful, this is a portrait of the revolutionary as a young man, and a stirring historical drama besides. More

Madrigal (Flyer)

Madrigal (2007)

MADRIGAL is dedicated to René Clair. Why? In 1955, this French director made LES GRANDES MANOEUVRES (SUMMER MANOEUVRES), in which Gérard Philipe plays a young officer who accepts a bet that he can win the heart of Michèle Morgan, who plays the most beautiful and mysterious woman in town. Something that begins as a game for this rakish charmer, soon develops into a full-blown passion on both sides that ends dramatically as soon as the woman learns of the deception. Now genuinely in love with her, Gérard Philipe begs her forgiveness. More

Suite Habana (Flyer)

Suite Habana (2003)

It might take two viewings to grasp fully what Fernando Pérez is doing in "Suite Habana," an elusive but intermittently beautiful tone poem on film. There is virtually no dialogue. There are no story lines that build to a climax, no documentary-style voice-overs. There are just snippets from a day in Havana, so disjointed and seemingly random that it takes a while to realize that Mr. Pérez is focusing on 10 specific individuals, tracking them through 24 hours in their painfully ordinary lives. More

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La vida es silbar (Flyer)

La vida es silbar (1998)

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. More

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Madagascar (Flyer)

Madagascar (1994)

"I dream exactly what I live every day," a professor, bored with her mundane life, tells her therapist. But the visual evidence on screen at the start of "Madagascar" suggests that dreams are never that banal. Bicyclists crowd the street, riding to work in slow motion in a haunting, shadowy blue dawn. The 50-minute "Madagascar" has the resonance and eloquence of the best poetry, as it deftly turns an adolescent's search for identity into a metaphor for post-revolutionary Cuba. Laura is a professor at a shabby, stultifying college. More

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Hello Hemingway (Flyer)

Hello Hemingway (1990)

A young girl's academic asperation conflict with her family's struggle against poverty. Both these aspects are made all the more potent by the clear view they have of Ernest Hemingway's mansion in their home town just outside Havana. More