Letzte Tage in Havanna

A film by Fernando Pérez. In spa­nish with ger­man subtitles.

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. When Diego’s con­di­ti­on dete­rio­ra­tes he is forced to go into hos­pi­tal and lea­ves his room to his nie­ce Yusi. When Miguel’s visa final­ly arri­ves it’s time for some sur­pri­sing decis­i­ons – and not just for him. Writer, docu­men­ta­ry film­ma­ker and direc­tor Fernando Pérez has based his screen­play on the lives of the inha­bi­tants of a tene­ment buil­ding. The resul­ting film pres­ents a vibrant kalei­do­scope of emo­ti­ons. Unfolding in tran­quil images, this sto­ry of an unu­su­al fri­end­ship also pro­vi­des an insight into a cul­tu­re in tran­si­ti­on that requi­res con­stant fle­xi­bi­li­ty and incre­di­ble opti­mism. A decla­ra­ti­on of love to the Cuban capi­tal and its inhabitants.

Últimos días en la Habana
Kuba / Spanien 2016, 93 Min., span. OmU
Regie: Fernando Pérez
Buch: Fernando Pérez, Abel Rodríguez
Kamera: Raúl Pérez Ureta
Schnitt: Rodolfo Barros
Jorge Martínez (Diego)
Patricio Wood (Miguel)
Gabriela Ramos (Yusi)
Cristian Jesús Pérez (P4)
Coralia Veloz (Clara)
Carmen Solar (Fefa)
Yailene Sierra (Miriam)
Ana Gloria Buduén (Polizistin)