Actor Hector Noas present for Q&A following the screening
Following one of the most scandalous trials in colonial Cuban history, Fernando Perez’s newest feature alongside co-director Laura Cazador is based on the true story of Enriqueta Faber, a Swiss expat who dressed as a man to study medicine, becoming the first female surgeon in Latin America.
Festivals & Awards
40th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Havana: Special Jury Mention
Guadalajara International Film Festival: Official Selection
Laura Cazador was born in Ginebra. She studied screenwriter, directing and acting in Switzerland and Cuba. She is also a journalist writer, and finished a degree in Universal History. Her past work has included a documentary about la Tricontinental and a feature length film dealing with the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.
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).