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7th edition: 11 April - 15 April 2018

Santa y Andrés (Santa & Andres) (2017 Feature Film)

Carlos Lechuga | Cuba, Colombia, France | 2016 | color | DCP | 105 min | Spanish | e.s.

In Cuba in 1983 an improbable friendship develops between a homosexual author and the obedient government official who has to ‘babysit’ the former for three days. Subtle drama demonstrates how politics can drive people apart and how essential human contact can obviate that distance.

One day, a woman with a chair arrives at Andrés’s tumbledown shack, somewhere on a hill in Eastern Cuba. She has to watch him for three days. A big ‘peace forum’ is being held and with all the foreign press in Cuba, the authorities don’t want homosexual, dissident authors like Andrés walking around.

Santa y Andrés is a painful depiction of how, in the 1980s, the work of homosexual intellectuals and artists was made impossible in Cuba. This is the second film by filmmaker Carlos Lechuga, who is a member of a new generation of independent Cuban filmmakers. Santa & Andrés provides a critical take on the past – which is why it wasn’t screened during the film festival in Havana – yet is primarily a wonderfully acted, personal drama about the slow rapprochement between two polar opposites. A delightful, subtle film about friendship in a society where trust is about as scarce as clothes.

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 5 April 2017

Time: 21:00

Duration: 1:20

Place: CINEMA 4

Date: 6 April 2017

Time: 14:30

Duration: 1:22

Place: CINEMA 3

Date: 8 April 2017

Time: 19:45

Duration: 1:18

Year in Festival
Carlos Lechuga
Javier Labrador
Lola Amores
Eduardo Martínez
George Abreu
Luna Tinoco
Cesar Domínguez
Ederlys Rodriguez Perez
Maikel Alexi Sánchez
Joanna Montero
105 min
Santiago Barbosa Cañón
Claudio Calviño
Carlos Lechuga
Production Company
Producciones de la 5ta Avenida
Production Design
Alain Ortiz
Habanero Film Sales
Carlos Lechuga
Sound Design
Daniel ‘Gato’ Garcés Najar
Year of Production
Carlos Lechuga

Writer-filmmaker Carlos LECHUGA (1983, Cuba) studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and specialized in scriptwriting at the Cuban Film and TV school (EICTV). His short films have won various awards at home and abroad. His debut film Melaza premiered at IFFR 2013. Santa y Andrés/Santa & Andres is his second film.


Cuca y el pollo (2005, short), Los Baldwin (2006, short), F for Favor (2007, short), Los bañistas (2010, short), Planeta cerquillo (2010, short), Melaza (2012), Santa y Andrés/Santa & Andres (2016)