Cuba, summer 1994. In the midst of período especial, one of the greatest crises in the country’s history, thousands of Cuban rafters try to reach the United States illegally, never sure if they’ll make it out alive. With holidays starting, Carlos plunges into a carefree August, wandering around with his friends and falling in love for the first time. Little does he know about the country’s uncertain future, until one by one, neighbors and friends leave in search of a better life, friendships break apart and families split up. In this hot summer, the world of Carlos will turn upside down.
2019 August | 2010 Nos quedamos (short) | 2008 La inercia (short) / Te quiero mucho (short)
Toronto 2019 | San Sebastian IFF 2019 | Chicago FF 2019 | Cairo IFF 2019 | Tallinn Black Nights FF 2019 | Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (Havana IFF) 2019 | Kerala IFF 2019 | Göteborg FF 2020 | FICCI Cartagena 2020 | Guadalajara IFF 2020
Born 1979 in Gibara. He first graduated from Cuba’s National School of Visual Arts. He later graduated in directing at Instituto Superior de ARTE (ISA) and as documentary Film director at EICTV, San Antonio de los Baños. His works have been selected to participate in important festivals. Has been awarded for his Films in Films Festivals. “La Marea” was selected for the critics as on of the best Cuban Films in 2009. Armando was invited by the MOMA (2013 MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media) and the Wintherthur Film Festival to do a retrospective on his previous works.