Fernando Pérez graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Language and Spanish Literature, and began working in the Cuban film industry in 1971 as an assistant director, before directing his first documentary in 1975. His feature debut was the drama Clandestinos (1987), but it wasn’t until Madagascar (1994) that he garnered significant international recognition. Pérez later directed La Vida es Silbar (1998) and Suite Habana (2003). Suite Habana is considered by many critics to be the best Cuban film in decades. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards in different festivals both in Cuba and abroad, being awarded the National Film Prize in 2007. Pérez’s most recent films include La Pared de las Palabras (2014), Últimos días en La Habana (2016), and Insumisas (2018).