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El caso Padilla / The Padilla Affair

Pavel Giroud
Spain - Cuba      78 m.
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Havana, spring 1971: The poet Heberto Padilla has just been set free and appears before the Cuban Writers' Union where he pronounces a statement of "heartfelt self-criticism", declares himself to be a counterrevolutionary agent and throws accusations of complicity at many of his colleagues present at the event, among them, his wife. A month previously, his arrest under the accusation of endangering the security of the Cuban state had mobilised prominent intellectuals all over the world, who wrote a letter to Fidel Castro calling for the release of the poet, whose only sin had been to dissent through his poetic work. The writer's mea culpa, the recording of which is shown for the first time to the public, marks the narrative line of a story including the testimonies of Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jorge Edwards and Fidel Castro.

Director
Pavel Giroud (Cuba)
Screenplay
Pavel Giroud
Production
Ventú Productions (Spain)
Lia Rodríguez, Alejandro Hernández
Lia Rodriguez (Cuba)
Lia Rodriguez
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Figa Films (USA)
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Pavel Giroud
Music
Pablo Cervantes
Sound
Vanessa Carvajal, Anto Molina, David Rodríguez
Format
DCP FOLLOWING DCI
Running Time
78 m.
Original language of the film
English , French , Spanish
Country
Spain - Cuba
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