8th edition: 10 April – 14 April 2019

Sin alas (2015 Feature Film) Nominee

Ben Chace | Cuba, USA | 2014 | 84 min | Spanish

When 70-year old, retired journalist Luis Vargas reads that celebrated ballerina Isabela Muñoz has died, his thoughts return to his brief, passionate, yet impossible relationship with her. Love story with great music and lots of local color.

Whilst reading the communist newspaper outside a semi-derelict art-deco building in Havana’s city centre, 70-year old Luis Vargas, a retired journalist with silver-grey temples and a bushy moustache, notices an obituary for celebrated ballerina Isabela Muñoz. Luis decides to secretly attend her funeral.

The following night he can’t get to sleep: he sees Isabela on stage again and wracks his brain trying to work out which music she’s dancing to. The next day, he and his friend Ovilio start to search for that music and his thoughts quite naturally drift back 40 years to when he had a brief, passionate, yet impossible affair with Isabela.

The present and the regrets of the past mingle in black-and-white as well as colour in this love story with fabulous music and lots of local colour, which was written and directed by Ben Chace, and was based on the stories of Argentinian poet and author Jorge Luis Borges.

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 26 March 2015

Time: 18:45

Duration: 1:45

Year in
Festival

2015

Director

Ben Chace

Camera

Sean Price Williams

Cast

Carlos Padrón
Mario Limonta
Veronica Lynn
Lieter Ledesma
Yusleivís Rodrígues
Adael Rosales
Camila Artecher

Country

Cuba
USA

Editor

Ben Chace

Language

Spanish

Length

84 min

Music

Aruán Ortiz

Producer

Sean Lamb

Production Company

Franklin Avenue Films

Production Design

Vivian del Valle

Sales

Franklin Avenue Films
Linda Lichter

Scenario

Ben Chace

Sound Design

Eli Cohn

Year of Production

2014

Website

De Amerikaan Ben CHACE is muzikant en filmmaker. Hij maakte de korte film 3rd of July (2008) en, samen met Sam Fleischner, de komedie Wah do dem, die werd bekroond op het festival van Los Angeles. In 2009 maakte hij op Cuba al de korte documentaire La mitadSin alas is de eerste Amerikaanse speelfilm die op Cuba werd opgenomen sinds de Revolutie.

 

Filmography

3rd of July (2008, short), Wah do dem (2009, co-dir), La mitad (2009, short doc), Sin alas/Without Wings (2014)