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A Feature film by Carlos Lechuga

Release in France : 16/04/2014


    Money and love worries of swimming teacher Aldo and rum factory worker Monica in Melaza, the cradle of Cuban sugarcane. With tangible love for Cuba, the director takes a fresh look at his struggling characters: you can also learn to swim in a piscina without water.

    In the Cuban village of Melaza, named after the once flourishing sugarcane fields, time stands still. Even when all kinds of things happen, nothing ever changes. The State pretends to take care of everything, but it shuts the rum factory and makes swimming lessons impossible. There's no use complaining, think the inhabitants, that’s just how it is.
    Melaza is the heartwarming love story of Aldo and Monica, a photogenic couple who live in a much too small cottage with their fat daughter and grumpy grandma. They try very hard to earn some extra money. Their attempts finally get the couple into deeper and deeper trouble. But together, the lovers manage to pull through it.
    New talent Carlos Lechuga tells his critical story with humour and sparse dialogue, taking us on a journey to the beauties of rural Cuba. Far from the hotels and from Havana, but with a reality familiar to everyone who has ever been to Cuba - or faced a shortage of cash.

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    Screenwriter :

    Carlos Lechuga

    Directors of Photography :

    Ernesto Calzado, Luis Franco

    Production managers :

    Hannah Imbert, Nadiezdha Adames

    Editor :

    Luis Ernesto Donas

    Casting :

    Libia Batista

    French Distributor :

    Samuel Chauvin

    Co-producer :

    Samuel Chauvin

    Sound Recordist :

    Rubén Valdés

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Isabelle Buron

    Music Composer :

    Jesus Cruz

    Costume designer :

    Alicia Arteaga

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    Feature film

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    France, Cuba, Panama

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    1 h 20 min

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