In a Whisper

  • Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández
  • Spain, France, Switzerland, Cuba
  • 2019
  • 80 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
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Childhood friends Patricia and Heidi grew up in Cuba, where they both went to the film academy. As children of the 1970s, they were brought up with the communist ideals of Che Guevara, but the promised bright future failed to materialize. Independently of each other, they fled the malaise and censorship of their homeland. Heidi ended up in Switzerland, Patricia in Spain. They had no contact for years.

Now both 40, they seek a way to approach each other again, choosing the medium that suits them best: video letters. Both have continued to film their lives, even though it seemed unlikely that they would ever work in film again. In their frank audiovisual communication, the two migrants recount all the roundabout routes they have taken in their lives: Patricia’s years selling mojitos, Heidi’s search for work and connection with society in Geneva, and the struggle with alienation and nostalgia for a country that no longer exists.

The result of the letters, ingeniously edited into a chronological yet freewheeling whole, is a sensitive, two-sided account of uprootedness, motherhood, love of film, friendship and freedom.

Credits

  • 80 min
  • color / black and white
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Spanish, French
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández
Production
Daniel Froiz for Matriuska Producciones, Delphine Schmit for Perspective Films
Co-production
PCT Cinema-Television SA, Producciones de la 5ta Avenida
Cinematography
Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández
Editing
Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández, Diana Toucedo
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IDFA history

2019
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

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