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La vida es silbar

Fernando PérezCuba – 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.

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Credits

Original Title La vida es silbar
German Title La vida es silbar - Das Leben, ein Pfeifen
French Title Vie c´est siffler, La
Other Titles La vita è un fischio - Life is to Whistle
Directed by Fernando Pérez
Country Cuba
Available Formats 35mm, DVD
Screenplay Fernando Pérez, Eduardo del Llano
Film Editing Julia Yip
Soundtrack Edesio Alejandro
Cinematography Raúl Pérez Ureta
Sound Ricardo Istuete
Décors Raul Olivia
Costumes Miriam Dueñas
Production ICAIC, Havanna (Kuba), Wanda , Madrid (Spanien)
Runtime 106 Min.
Language Spanisch/d/f

Actors

Luis Alberto García Elpidio Valdés
Coralia Veloz Julia
Claudia Rojas Mariana
Bebé Pérez Bebé
Isabel Santos Chrissy
Rolando Brito Dr. Fernando
Joan Manuel Reyes Ismael
Mónica Guffanti Mme. Garcés
Luis Ubaldo Benítez Settimio
Jorge Molina Fahrradtaxifahrer
Miguel A. Daranas Altersheimdirektor
Zoraida Rosario Waisenheimfrau

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

Oslo Filmfestival, Films from the South Award

Rotterdam Filmfestival, KNF Award

Sundance Festival, Special Jury Prize

Viña del Mar, Grand Paoa

Press

«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

(...) More

Further Articles

All the World in view through trigon-film

The motion picture has been the medium of the 20th century, the movie house the place where dreams can become true. It is here that there is a particularly intensive and indelible transmission of realities, be they readyfound or fabricated. The film is a global form of communication, moving pictures convey moving stories to all corners of the world. And this continues to be so at the beginning of the 21st century. More

Credits

Original Title La vida es silbar
German Title La vida es silbar - Das Leben, ein Pfeifen
French Title Vie c´est siffler, La
Other Titles La vita è un fischio - Life is to Whistle
Directed by Fernando Pérez
Country Cuba
Available Formats 35mm, DVD
Screenplay Fernando Pérez, Eduardo del Llano
Film Editing Julia Yip
Soundtrack Edesio Alejandro
Cinematography Raúl Pérez Ureta
Sound Ricardo Istuete
Décors Raul Olivia
Costumes Miriam Dueñas
Production ICAIC, Havanna (Kuba), Wanda , Madrid (Spanien)
Runtime 106 Min.
Language Spanisch/d/f

Actors

Luis Alberto García Elpidio Valdés
Coralia Veloz Julia
Claudia Rojas Mariana
Bebé Pérez Bebé
Isabel Santos Chrissy
Rolando Brito Dr. Fernando
Joan Manuel Reyes Ismael
Mónica Guffanti Mme. Garcés
Luis Ubaldo Benítez Settimio
Jorge Molina Fahrradtaxifahrer
Miguel A. Daranas Altersheimdirektor
Zoraida Rosario Waisenheimfrau

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

Oslo Filmfestival, Films from the South Award

Rotterdam Filmfestival, KNF Award

Sundance Festival, Special Jury Prize

Viña del Mar, Grand Paoa

Press

«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

(...) More

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