Fernando Pérez was inspired to make films after cinema visits with his father, where he was shown that there is more to the films than the actors. Now he is one of the most successful directors from Cuba, known throughout the country and worldwide.
‘La Pared de las Palabras’ (or ‘Wall of Words’) is a recent creation of the very well-known and talented director, and it is actually his first independent film, making it even more special. The story, which explores human communication and family, was written by himself and Zuzel Monné. With regards to the soundtrack, he had help from Edesio Alejandro, a composer who has worked with Pérez on many of his other films such as ‘Clandestinos’ (1987), ‘Hello Hemingway’ (1990) and ‘Madrigal’ (2007).
Festival Director, Eirene Houston, saw the premiere of ‘La Pared de Las Palabras’ in Havana at the Havana Film Festival in December 2014. She decided immediately that she wanted to bring it to Glasgow. It is a uniquely brilliant film, which could only have been made in Cuba, and is by one of her favourite Cuban directors. She is delighted that he is taking the time out from directing his latest film to come to the 1st Havana Glasgow Film Festival. Glasgow has got quite a reputation in Cuba, thanks to the twin city status, and Eirene going on about what a great city it is all over Havana!
Personally, I am really interested in seeing ‘La Pared de Las Palabras’ because I can tell that a lot of thought and effort has gone into it, and it seems that the story has a powerful message. According to the director, in the film ‘hay luz pero también hay sombra’. This means that there is light but there is also darkness, and he believes that this contrast reflects real life. Also, Zuzel Monné’s script was inspired by the relationship between an aunt of his, and her son who suffers from a disorder which affects movement, dystonia. So the film is based on real struggles that many people will experience in daily life. Having a lovely young niece who is still learning to speak, I know the importance of communication when words aren’t present, and can only imagine how difficult it would be for people who have a disorder like this which could affect communication, and those who care about them. This sense of reality which is present in the film makes it all the more compelling, and relatable.
Don’t miss the chance to see Fernando Pérez present this significant film at the GFT on Saturday the 7th November (3pm). It is a rare opportunity for people to see him and hear him talk about his film and Cuba.