Melaza

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    Melaza

    Directed by

    Cuba, France, Panama

    2012

    80 min

    • Spanish

    Drama, Romance

    When the sugar mill is shut down, the village of MELAZA was devastated, seems lifeless. Monica and Aldo, a young married couple, struggles for survival in an intent to save their world without loosing their faith.

    Awards

    • Jury Prize: Best Narrative Feature - Trinidad and Tobago FF

    Credits

    Cast
    Yuliet Cruz
    Armando Miguel Gómez
    Lucho Gotti
    Ana Gloria Buduén Carolina Márquez
    Screenplay
    Carlos Lechuga
    Cinematography
    Ernesto Calzado
    Luis Franco
    Editing
    Luís Ernesto Doñas
    Music
    Jesús Cruz

    Director's Statement

    What attracted me the most in Melaza (Molasses) was to approach the Cuban reality I perceived every day. I would tell it from my point of view, which I felt was naturalist, candid, without excesses… humanistic, to give it a name: to be able to recreate a love story in times of crisis. I followed a couple that, to survive, had to learn how to forgot their integrity, a couple who looked for solutions to stay together that were parting them more and more. Always with neutral eyes, narrating little by little, offering information bit by bit, so the spectator had no time to judge my characters and lived side by side with them. It is as if the hand of God had placed us in the town of Melaza. It was an invitation to live the experience of an ordinary Cuban. While absorbed in finishing the film, I began to notice I was telling a love story that, in the end, left an optimistic taste in the mouth but that, like molasses, was hiding some bitterness. The bitterness of a tragedy set in the tropics, under a brilliant sun, some green sugar canes and two lovers holding hands, expecting the worst.

    Production
    PROMENADES FILMS
    Production
    LA 5TA AVENIDA PRODUCCIONES
    Production
    JAGUAR FILMS
    Production
    13 PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    ARTE FRANCE CINEMA
    Sales
    HABANERO
    Carlos Lechuga

    Carlos Lechuga

    Cuba

    While absorbed finishing MELAZA, starting to notice I was telling a love story that, in the end, left an optimistic taste in the mouth but that, like molasses, was hiding some bitternes. The bitternes of a tragedy set in the tropics, under a brilliant sun, some green sugar cane and two lovers holding hands.

    Carlos Lechuga (1983, Cuba). Trained as a director at the Institute of Arts and at the International Film School, where he specialised in screenwriting. As a director he has made several award-winning shorts, including LOS BAÑISTAS (2010) and CUCA Y EL POLLO (2006). As a screenwriter, Lechuga has participated in films such as EL EDEN PERDIDO and PENUMBRAS, which won the Best Film Award at the 2013 International Film Festival of Puerto Rico. MELAZA, his first feature film as a writer-director, premiered at the 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam and won several international awards, including Best Latin American Film at the Málaga Film Festival and Newcomer of the Year at the 2013 International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg. He has recently received the SGAE Julio Alejandro Screenplay Award, which is the most important award for scriptwriters in Latin America and Spain. In 2016 he created his second feature, SANTA & ANDRES.

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