Santa & Andres

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Cuba | 2016 | 105 minutes | Carlos Lechuga

This political odd-couple story set in 1980s Cuba introduces a dissident homosexual novelist and the local woman assigned by the government to monitor his house arrest, who slowly come to discover that they have more in common than expected.

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Banished to a small town in the east of Cuba for having dared to challenge the government through his novels, openly gay writer Andres (Eduardo Martinez, Best Actor, Miami International Film Festival) one day finds himself under the watchful eye of hard, humorless local party operative Santa (Lola Amores, Best Actress, Miami International Film Festival), sent to ensure that Andres does not disrupt a gathering of international journalists--though the warden soon realizes that her prisoner is not a wild subversive but a shy homebody. But after Andres is brutally attacked by troubled local youth, Santa's tough facade falls and she quickly takes over as caregiver and companion. Two lonely souls unexpectedly find comfort in one another and question their accepted identities and roles within the Revolution in this powerful and controversial second feature by writer/director Carlos Lechuga. Winner of four awards at this year's Guadalajara International Film Festival, including Best Ibero American Fiction Feature, Best Actress (Lola Amores) and Best Script, Santa & Andres is a moving, deeply felt exploration of how ideology shapes our identities and how unexpected moments of grace can bring us back to who we really are.

Director Biography

Cuban director Carlos Lechuga was professionally trained at the High Art Institute in Cuba, specializing in scriptwriting. All his directing credits since his start in 2006 have been for short films, such as F for Favor (2008) and Los Banistas (2010). Santa & Andres is his first feature-length film.

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  • Original Language Title: Santa y Andrés
  • Director: Carlos Lechuga
  • Principal Cast: Lola Amores, Eduardo Martinez, George Abreu, Luna Tinoco, Cesar Dominguez
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Cuba, Colombia, France
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Producer: Claudia Calviño
  • Screenplay: Carlos Lechuga
  • Cinematographers: Javier Labrador Deulofeu
  • Editors: Joanna Montero
  • Awards: Miami International Film Festival 2017 (Best Actor, Actress); Guadalajara International Film Festival 2017 (Best Ibero-American Fiction, Actress, Script)
  • Filmography: Molasses (2013)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Habanero Film Sales