Defiant Souls (Insumisa)
Historical Drama, Gender History / Dir Fernando Pérez, Laura Cazador / Cuba Switzerland / 92’ / 2018
Cast: Sylvie Testud ( La Vie en Rose, Suspiria, Fear and Trembling’)
“Easily claims its place alongside this year’s Elisa & Marcela and Gentleman Jack in skilfully drawing attention to the largely forgotten stories of historical women who lived and loved against all odds… Taut and full of tension"
ONE ROOM WITH A VIEW
“Tackles gender and race as irrevocably intertwined constructs. ..Utterly contemporary"
Gender-breaking drama set in the late XVIII th century, based on a true story of most scandalous trial of Cuban colonial history.
Enrique Faber, a Swiss surgeon, lands in Cuba in search for his son.
Being told that his son was killed during a slave revolt, Enrique, though questioning this account, decides to settle in Cuba to investigate.
His success as a doctor, his objections to slavery and his marriage to a local outcast woman incite the local colonial gossip and rumours spread.
One night, he comes across four men sent by a slave trader. They undress him and discover that Enrique is a woman. Enrique is thrown into jail, tried and convicted for wanting to accomplish that which men around her so freely could take for granted.