Natalia Nikolaevna lives 400 km from Havana, in the city where the first nuclear power plant would be built in Cuba. She arrived 20 years ago from the USSR, to be reunited with her husband and work as an opera singer. In 1992, the great crisis, known as the Special Period, began. Natalia get divorced and rooted in the place where she gradually discovered as the most hostile of spaces.
Luis Alejandro Yero
Luis Alejandro Yero, Cuba, 1989. A 2013 graduate in Journalism from the University of La Havana. He is currently completing his major in Documentary Directing at the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Banos.
Adrián Silvestre has a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Complutense University of Madrid, a degree in Directing from the Film and Audiovisual School of Madrid (ECAM) and a Master's Degree in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Reina Sofía National Museum of Art.
He got his specialization in Film and TV Project Development and another in Curating Film Festivals at the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV), Cuba. He also did an internship at the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome and at the Academy of France / Casa de Velázquez.
In his film projects, he explores the limits between reality and fiction, putting actresses and professional actors together with real people. His artistic practice is taken up from the analysis of the daily experience. His films are usually preceded by a process of close collaboration with specific communities. They are participatory processes in which dialogue is generated, the gender perspective implemented across the board, and the empowerment of those participating encouraged.
Los Objetos Amorosos (2016) is his debut film. Its world premiere took place at the Festival of European Film in Seville, where it obtained the FIPRESCI award. This was followed by numerous selections and awards at national and international festivals.
His previous project was made in Cuba using aid for young artists from the Community of Madrid. This was the documentary Natalia Nikolaevna (2014), about a Soviet singer who has been making her living singing in the streets of Cienfuegos for two decades. The documentary premiered in the official documentary section of the Malaga Festival. of Spanish Film and the Madrid-PNR Film Festival.
Another one of his most notable projects is Exit, Un corto a la carta (2012), a fiction film inspired by real life experiences and developed with a group of 30 immigrant women living in Madrid. The project came about thanks to the support of Obra Social La Caixa and the Intermedia-E-Matadero Space of Madrid, and it premiered at the Matadero Film Archive.