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The Crossing
IDFA 2019

The Crossing

La travesía
Otávio Almeida
Cuba
2019
14 min
World Premiere
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“An outsider struggles through the wild nature of the Sierra Maestra.” This is how director Otávio Almeida describes The Crossing himself. The harsh journey through the highest mountain range in Cuba leads over a vast lake. Nature becomes increasingly dominant in this stark, high-contrast black-and-white film, which unfolds without dialogue, but is supported by an expressive soundtrack filled with sounds of nature.

The hardships that the man experiences take on extra significance if you know that the Sierra Maestra was the cradle of the Cuban Revolution more than 50 years ago. It was here that Fidel Castro first set foot on Cuban soil on his return from exile, and his revolutionaries hid in these mountains.

Almeida, who developed the film at the Cuban national film school EICTV, isn’t only responsible for the direction, but also the screenplay, camerawork and editing. He produced the film with Violena Ampudia, who also made the sound recordings. Almeida dedicates the film to his grandfather, “the traveler Benedito Passos.”

Credits
Director
Production
    Otávio de Almeida,
    Violena Ampudia
Sound Design
    Marisol Cao Milán
    Marisol Cao Milán
Screening copy
    Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television (EICTV)
    Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television (EICTV)

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