La Piscina, a Risky Proposal with an Unusual Language
Most Cuban moviegoers, being accustomed to the fast pace of
Hollywood films and irreverent work of Cuban filmmakers, may
feel that “La Piscina” (the pool) is one of those films
where nothing happens.
The debut feature film
by young director Carlos Machado Quintela was
described by specialists and critics as a bold and unusual
moves away from the common language of the national film
Three children, one with Down syndrome, one with walking
third party that for unknown reasons refuses to talk, and a
only one leg, along with a apathetic coach, spend a summer
day in a pool,
an excuse to tell that story which is much more focused on
than on a linear description of events.
Rodrigo (Felipe Garcia), Diana (Monica Molinet), Oscar
Martinez), Dany (Marcos Costa) and Esteban (Raul Capote)
interact in a
film that does not care about winning over the audience with
formulas, but shows how human interactions are: raw,
questionable and with
It was spontaneous, says Abel Arcos, writer and founder of
which won the Film Making Award of the Seventh Exhibition of
Filmmakers in 2008.
The director agreed that was a team effort, where each one
views to enrich the story and introduced ideas and dialogues
shooting was moving ahead.
“The film takes place in an unconventional tempo, because I
was much more
interested in showing the natural relationship between
winning over the public,” he said.
Referring to the casting, the filmmaker insisted that they
were chosen not
by experience or training, but for what they were able to do
in front of
the camera, if it is convincing or not.
“If you take a good look, Machado Quintela said, people
there, there are no roles to play, because I really tried
that each of
them resembles his/her character and I hope that is
reflected in the film.
La Piscina, with awards such as the distinction of Risk and
Search in the Eleventh Exhibition of Young Filmmakers and
Association of Writers and Artists in the 33 International
Latin American Cinema is exhibited from Wednesday at the
theatre in Havana and in the national premiere circuit from