PRZYSZŁOŚĆ ZŁUDZEŃ 23/97
THE FUTURE OF AN ILLUSION
screenplay and direction: Franco de Pena
photography: Antoine Vivas-Denisov
editing: Dorota Wardęszkiewicz
music: Janusz Strobel
1997 / 16 mm / 49 min
"The future of an illusion" is a poetic portrait of an old street of Havana called "The future street". On New Year's Day, seven characters wish for something to happen which might change their lives.
A documentary film at
the border of a fiction narrative searching towards Latinamerican magic realism.
It's not another political film about Cuba, but a film about the essence of
Franco de Pena’s film appears to be about nothing, but is in fact about
everything. This pastel film could be read as a metaphorical picture of
gentle hell, in which one is forever waiting for something. It is a very
humane world, filmed with compassion.
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This film is a poetic portrait of the inhabitants of Havana. At New Year the seven heroes yearn for something that can change their lives. Bordering on documentary and feature film “The Future of an Illusion” breaks into Latin magic-realism. This is not just another film about Cuba, this is a film about what lies behind humanity.