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HGFF 2019
Screening: Se Vende / For Sale

Fri 15 November 2019

A dark comedy about contemporary Cuba, where people are forced to go to extreme measures to make a living.

Strongly influenced by classics such as The Death of a Bureaucrat and Guantanamera, both by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (Titón), Se Vende tells the story of a girl who sells the family mausoleum in order to make ends meet.

The film, as many before it, parodies the daily life of Cubans, where making ends meet entails all manner of absurdly creative maneuvers. Nácar, who visits her parents’ tomb every day, converses with her dead mother’s spirit and has a revelation that will soon become a dilemma: the need to sell the family mausoleum. “If the dead must be sacrificed so that the living may have something to eat, then burn us corpses here and sell the crypt”, the spirit of her dead mother argues, seeking to help her daughter financially.

Directed by Jorge Perugorría, known for his role as Diego in Strawberry and Chocolate, the film stars Daylenis Fuentes as Nácar and Perugorría as Noel. Martha Ibarra (the mother), Mario Balmaseda (the father) and Yuliet Cruz (the friend) comprise the talented supporting cast. Introduced by Alejandro Valera.

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Part of Havana Glasgow Film Festival 2019