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Cuba | 2014 | 108 minutes | Ernesto Daranas

A spirited, veteran school teacher becomes the target of a witch hunt when she mounts a campaign to have her young student released from a government "re-education facility", in this award-winning film that galvanized audiences in Cuba.

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One of the biggest sensations in Cuban cinema for quite some time, Behavior represents an exciting new chapter in its candor and courage in exposing flaws in the system. Directed with swagger and sensitivity by Ernesto Daranas, it charts the relationship between an impoverished 11-year old boy, Chala (newcomer Armando Valdés Freire), and the septuagenarian teacher (Alina Rodríguez) who sees something in him that no one else has. Living with his single, alcoholic mother, Chala is forced to exist on his wits - to keep food on their table he sells carrier pigeons and trains mutts for a neighbor’s illegal dogfights. The authorities don’t approve and send him off for what is euphemistically referred to as “re-education.” But his teacher is willing to fight to get him back in school, where he belongs.

Director Biography
Ernesto Daranas Serrano was born in La Habana, Cuba. He has received much acclaim for his work, including the International Journalism award for his film Los Ultimatos Gaiteros de la Habana (2004), and a Latin Grammy® Nominee for Best Long Form Music Video for Bluechacha (2012).

  • Original Language Title: Conducta
  • Director: Ernesto Daranas
  • Principal Cast: Armando Valdés Freire, Alina Rodríguez, Silvia Águila, Yuliet Cruz, Amaly Junco
  • Country: Cuba
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Producer: Isabel Prendes, Joel Ortega, Adriana Moya
  • Screenplay: Ernesto Daranas
  • Cinematographers: Alejandro Pérez
  • Editors: Pedro Suárez
  • Music: Juan Antonio Leyva, Magda Rosa Galbán
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2014 (Foreign Language Film), Goya Awards 2015 (Best Foreign Film in the Spanish Language Nominee), Malaga Film Festival 2014 (Best Latin American Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Audience Award), Havana Film Festival New York 2014 (Best Film, Best Actress), Lima Film Festival 2014 (Audience Award)
  • Filmography: Fallen Gods (2008), ¿La vida en rosa? (2004)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Latido Films