Timeless Havana

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    Timeless Havana

    La Imagen del Tiempo

    Directed by

    Cuba, Venezuela, Italy

    2019

    65 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Havana, immediately after the death of Fidel Castro and just at the moment when the United States embassy re-opens in Cuba. A time of change, a key moment marking the end of isolationism and the opening up of largely unknown horizons. But instead of deciding between either the composure of documentary or the safety of fiction, Jeissy Trompiz has chosen to alternate for his first film, shifting between fly-on-the-wall shots and slices of ongoing fiction, since, like many famous examples before it, TIMELESS HAVANA tells the story of shooting a film. It gets more complicated due to the fact that the director’s grandfather filmed there in the 1950s and 60s – fantastic material that’s also shown here: the future film has to bear comparison. Ordinarily, mise en abyme or archive footage is used as a brake, a way of tempering the “enthusiasm”, folding the film up in itself and reducing the speed of cinema, marking the weight of the question marks that hover over the protagonists, of constantly taking stock… Trompiz uses it in completely the opposite way; questions become accelerators, archives set a challenge. Like Vertov, if you will. And reminiscent of Vertov’s work, it’s youth at the helm; it’s the urgency of the film that is the most pressing matter rather than simply making do with a storyline. This is a film that recounts history at the same time as it pre- empts it.

    Awards

    • Highschool Award - FID Marseille

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Edel Gouvea
    May Reguera
    Jeissy Trompiz
    Lluis Sellares
    Screenplay
    Jeissy Trompiz
    Cinematography
    Raúl Prado
    Editing
    Liana Domínguez
    Production
    ALAMAR FILMS
    Jeissy Trompiz

    Jeissy Trompiz

    Italy

    Jeissy Trompiz holds a Direction and Scriptwriting degree (EICTV) from San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. His artistic formation satarted in theater as an actor and writer. He also has worked as photographer, editor and asistant director in cinema and publicity. His films include THEY CALL ME DRUPI (2008), TWO FEET (2017) and DAMNATION (2018). His film TIMELESS HAVANA (2019) had its world premiere at FID Marseille.