Cuban filmmaker reaps awards at Italian film festival
The film Mambo Man, co-directed by Cuban composer and audiovisual producer Edesio Alejandro together with British-Iranian Mo Fini, continues its harvest of successes today with four awards at the Florence Film Awards, in Italy.
The film won awards for best feature film, original screenplay, costume design, as well as a mention for makeup and hairstyle, which add to the distinctions achieved in May for Best Direction and Best Fiction Film at Festigious International Film Festival, event held in Los Angeles, California.
Likewise, the film that combines music and drama, stands out among the nominees for the Dumbo Film Festival, in New York, United States, in the Best Film category.
Before the announcement of the nominations for this international event, Cuban director confessed to Prensa Latina his happiness for the unexpected news. 'We put all the effort to make a nice movie, but with all the nominations and awards received, I am very happy and wanting to do others,' he confessed.
After two years of intense work, filming on location in the provinces of Granma and Santiago de Cuba, and all the post-production work, Alejandro expressed his delight because his first fiction feature film has stolen the spotlight and is a work suitable for the enjoyment of the whole family.
Produced by the English company Tumi Music, the independent film features performances by Héctor Noas, Alejandro Palomino, Idolka de Erbiti, David Pérez, Yudexi de la Torre and the girl Camila Chile, while the musicians Cándido Fabré, María Ochoa, Arturo Jorge, David Álvarez and Julio Montoro have special participations.
The photography direction was in charge of Luis Alberto Gonzales, the production of Julio Cesar Llamos and Zadoc Nava, while the music brought together several artists from the Tumi Music label and the edition fell into the hands of Alejandro.
Active member of the Hollywood Film Academy and the Latin Grammy and Grammy academies, Edesio Alejandro is a cultural ambassador for the Latin Music Institute (ILM), an institution on which he makes a documentary to celebrate the ILM centennial in 2021.
Several films of the Caribbean nation bear his stamp as a musical composer, including Clandestinos, Hello Hemingway, Madagascar, Caravan, Adorable Lies, Life is a Whistle, Suite Habana, Madrigal, Kleines Tropicana, Become Swedish, Nothing and Dancing Chachachá , among others.