Baracoa

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    Baracoa

    Directed by

    Switzerland, USA, Spain

    2019

    90 min

    • Spanish

    Documentary

    Hot summer has come to their tiny village in the Cuban countryside, Leonel and Antuán intimately explore their universe far from adults. With a considerable difference in age, their unique friendship is torn between games and fights, conversations about everyday life, existentialist questions, simple pleasures, and boredom. As his older friend is drawn to the busy life of the city, Leonel is forced to examine his life and place in the world. While the Cuban society is going through a transitional period, the two friends also come to a crossroads.

    Awards

    • Youth Jury Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Leonel Aguilera
    Antuán Alemán
    Screenplay
    Pablo Briones
    The Moving Picture Boys
    Cinematography
    Jace Freeman
    Editing
    Damián Plandolit
    Pablo Briones
    Music
    Pablo Javier Garmón

    Director's Statement

    Camera in hand and natural light save time as opposed to a small technical shot, thus preserving the natural actor’s energy so they can solely devote to doing their work more enthusiastically, with the conviction that they are only “enjoying the time” in front of a camera. By being practically in their own reality (without having to wait for technical support or answering to the director`s remarks about the character’s psychology) they perform the task in a natural way, they simply “are” and “do” therefore achieving authenticity and naturality.
    I am interested in getting authentic reactions throughout the shootings, reactions that cannot be scripted and are hard to reproduce. This is something I have learnt from Abbas. It is not about asking the actor to reproduce something, but rather trying to produce something similar by using a different means.
    As per the production, I am in the game of engaging with the audience. Beginning with the instauration of a regime in which what you see and happens is a documented reality. Then, subtly move towards a fictionalized narration in which the same “real” characters that were introduced in the initial documentary become protagonists of a bigger emotional story. Characters we can identify with and see ourselves either as part of the past or the uncertain future that awaits them.

    Production
    C-SIDE PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    A delicate and determined film, just like the protagonists’ personalities.

    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa

    Pablo Briones

    Pablo Briones

    Argentina

    Born in 1983 in Tucumán, Argentina, Pablo Briones is a film director, film editor and cinematographer based in Geneva, Switzerland. During his early film studies at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, he collaborated as a film curator for Cineclub La Quimera & Agencia Córdoba Cultura. Within his Master’s degree in Film Direction at ECAL/HEAD, he directed A BEIRA DE LISBOA (Silver Mikeldi Award at ZINEBI’55, Bilbao) and A BARCA, a diptych of essay short films screened in Visions du Réel, Jihlava IDFF, FIDBA, Arkipel IDEFF and IndieLisboa among others. In 2016 he took part in the workshop Filming in Cuba with Abbas Kiarostami, where he directed PEZCAL (Best Workshop Film) screened in Locarno FF, La Habana FF and Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen among many others. BARACOA is his first feature film.

    The Moving Picture Boys

    The Moving Picture Boys

    USA

    Jace Freeman (07/07/1983, USA) and Sean Clark (11/21/1981, USA) are award-winning directors creating narrative nonfiction documentaries in the American South. Utilizing a direct cinema approach, the duo has independently created several films including THE BALLAD OF SHOVELS AND ROPE (2014) which won Best Feature Documentary at the 2014 Port Townsend Film Festival and Best Tennessee Feature at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival. Previously, The Moving Picture Boys created NASHVILLE DOCUJOURNAL, an innovative web series of cinematic journalism. Selected works from the series screened in the Smithsonian exhibit “The Way We Worked” as well as included in the duo’s feature NASHVILLE 2012 (2013) which won the 2013 Nashville Film Festival award for Best Feature in Tennessee. They are currently finishing the forthcoming SAINT CLOUD HILL (2019), a new cinéma vérité feature shot exclusively in a narrative observational style.