|EL MEDICO - THE CUBATON STORY (Documentaries)
Set in Sierra Maestra, where Fidel Castro's revolution began, this musical documentary pivots on a young doctor, "El Medico," attempting to fulfill his dream of becoming a "Cubaton"a Cuban Reggaeton. Singer/songwriter El Medico is completing his public service when he meets music video producer Michel. Their first song is an instant hit, but in order to reach a worldwide audience, a sexier song is needed. The film's strengths are not just in its delightful dances but also in how it guides us to reflect upon the principles of the Cuban Revolution in a nation flooded with waves of capitalism. The problem is a pointed one and manifested by the main character's option to film a showy music video in Revolution Square. As an avid Castro supporter, El Medico"s mother reminds him of his debt to the revolution, his compatriots, and Cuba"s world-renowned medical system, rendering El Medico's performance of the traditionally influenced Cubaton all the more compelling. /Busan IFF/
A rought cut version (104 minutes) of the Film opened DocPoint Tallin 27th of January. - "Buena Vistas younger brother, in Wim Wenders footstep, but in stead of the nostalgy, we enter a young, vibrant and musical journey". /Immo Mikkala. Tallin.net
Successful sold out screenings of the same version at Gothenburg International Film Festival 2nd - 6th of February. In competition for the Dragon Award.
International Festival Tour of the final cut (85 min) started at BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, KOREA October
In competition for Nordic Dox Award at CPH:DOX 3rd to 11th of November
Four screenings at MAR DEL PLATA IFF, Argentina. 5th to 13th of November
Selected for participation in Docs for Sales at IDFA, November (Restricted online screenings)
SCANORAMA Lithuania November
BLACK NIGHTS TALLIN, in competition. November
US Premiere at Santa Barbara IFF 27th of January. In competition in the Spanish/Latin section and also cross-listed in the "Cinesonic sidebar" which will feature films about musicians etc. - Please see review below.
EPOS Film Art Festival, Tel Aviv. February.
DORF Documentary Rock Film Festival, Croatia. In competition. March.
ONE WORLD Intl Human Rights Documentary FF, March 6 - 15. In section Panorama.
SXSW Austin Texas, the worlds finest combined music & film festival. Start screening 10th of March in section Global.
UK premiere 30th of May at LIDF, London
Opening in Russian cinemas 27th of July 2012
NYILFF screening August 15, New York
Interview with El Medico!
WINNER Best Documentary at NYILFF!
DVD release in Sweden 3rd of July 2013!