Director: Alina Teodorescu
Documentary | D | 2003
96 min | Dolby SR
37th Hof International Film Festival
The film follows the everyday life of the band „Madera Limpia“ („Pure Wood“) from Guantanamo, a provincial town in tropical Eastern Cuba. Here, time seems to follow a different rhythm. All the band needs are a few pieces of wood, washed up by the sea, some faded plastic bottles to make powerful, vibrating, sensual music.
The music grows out of the fight for survival on the streets and speaks of everyday life, love, infidelity, longing, frustration, and boredom. Why are men machos? Why do women love them? Why is money so very important and why does Yasel, the film’s protagonist, wish he was in paradise? How can life go on when time seems to have come to a standstill? What is it like to live in the present even though you don’t know how to survive tomorrow?