HAVANA._ The latest feature film by the Cuban director Fernando Pérez, currently screening in movie theaters nationwide, has a title that creates quite an impact: “La pared de las palabras” (The Wall of Words).
It is one of a number of Cuban films premiered recently, notable for the sensitive nature of the theme and the audiovisual approach of the director, winner of the National Film Award in 2007.
The film deals with the lack of communication and the human need to express an inner world. Susel Monet, who wrote the script, was inspired by the relationship between an aunt and her son who suffers from dystonia (neurological movement disorder).
Cuban actor Jorge Perugorría told The Havana Reporter that the film presented him with one of his toughest career challenges since Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Strawberry and Chocolate. To learn about the disorder he had to visit institutions where patients with dystonia are treated, lose weight and change some of his habits in order to identify with the inner world of Luis, his character’s name.
“In spite of all that, it was still somewhat like walking on a knife-edge, but I had so much confidence in Pérez that I let him guide me,” he said.
Also starring in the film are, among others, Isabel Santos, Laura de la Uz, Carlos Enrique Almirante, and Verónica Lyn.
Edesio Alejandro, a regular colleague, helped Pérez create the sound which, as requested by the director himself, has no incidental music allowing the soundtrack to convey things as they are, arousing certain anxiety in audiences.
Perugorría commented that sensitivity is crucial when dealing with themes like those of “La pared de las palabras,” and noted that being unable to communicate is dreadfully distressing.
Orquídea, a crazy woman played by Laura de la Uz, compensates for the silence or inability to communicate portrayed in the film. She is the exact opposite of Luis, that is, uneasiness and rebelliousness personified.
Pérez´s described Orquídea as vital to the film, because her frenzied ideas give the movie a context and added that the actress was inspired by a real character.
The film’s director tries to strike a balance between light and shadow and hope and pain.
A large audience attended the film’s premiere at the recent International Festival of New Latin American Film held in Havana, where it won three collateral prizes.Share on FB Share on TT