Melaza

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FEATURE, CUBA/FRANCE/PANAMA, 2013, DIR. CARLOS LECHUGA, 80 MIN, SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Aldo, a swimming teacher, and Monica, a rum factory worker, live in the town of Melaza (Molasses), named for the sugarcane mill which was once the industrial backbone of the village. But the supply of sugar cane is exhausted and the community has fallen on tough times – there’s not much to do but wait, wait for something to happen.
Aldo and Monica live in a cramped cottage with their overweight daughter and grumpy grandmother. Despite the close quarters and the hardships facing them, they remain deeply in love. They try desperately to make ends meet but their attempts have landed them in serious troubles. Will their faith in love see them through?
This sensitive, restrained love story is speckled with humour; its captivating scenery offers us a rare glimpse of rural Cuba.

Screens with: Oslo, Cuba, Dir. Luis Ernesto Doñas
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Carlos Lechuga (scriptwriter-director)
Carlos LechugaLechuga trained as a film director in the Instituto Superior de Arte (Higher Art Institute) in Cuba and continued studying in the International Film and TV School specializing in scriptwriting. His work as a director includes several short films like LOS BAÑISTAS (The Swimmers) and CUCA Y EL POLLO (Cuca and the Chicken), which received national and international awards. He wrote the scripts of four feature films: CLUB HABANA (Havana Club), which won the Unpublished Script Award at the International Non-Budget Film Festival; EL EDÉN PERDIDO (The Lost Eden), winner of the Audience Award at the First Festival of Films for Television in Malaga, Spain; PENUMBRAS (Penumbras) and EN FIN, EL MAL.
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Malaga International Film Festival, 2013: Won Silver Biznaga – Best Latin American Film
Miami Film Festival, 2013: Nominated Grand Jury Prize – Lexus Opera Prima Award
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