Synopsis

Immersed in the jungle of Sierra Maestra, three veterans of the Angolan War are reluctant to abandon the revolutionary spirit which brought them together as comrades over thirty years ago. Always on guard, they continue to train dressed in their old uniforms for and endless mission: a war game in where they still can feel respected, strong and, above all, spiritually young. They are the last Samurai of the Cuban Revolution.

Title: Entre perro y lobo
Internacional title: Between Dog and Wolf
Genre: Docufiction
Estimated length: 75 minutes.
Shooting format: 2K
Screening format: 2K DCP
Country of production: Spain | Cuba | Colombia
Original language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Produced by: El Viaje Films · Autonauta Films · Blond Indian Films
Production year: 2019
Release year: 2020
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1:85
Sound: Dolby 5.1

Director: Irene Gutiérrez
Script: Irene Gutiérrez, Lisandra López
Editor: Cristóbal Fernández
Cinematography: Jose A. Alayón
Sound desing and mix: Carlos García
Original Music: Rafael de Jesús Ramírez, Cristóbal Fernández
Producers: Jose A. Alayón, Marina Alberti, Viana González, Irene Gutiérrez

70th. Berlinale International Film Festival | Forum

Estebita, Miguel and Alberto left Cuba at the age of 18 carrying the flag of socialism and knowing that they may never return. Even today, there is still a battle to wage, for these men, an enemy to struggle against: Siempre en combate (Always in combat), Patria o Muerte (Homeland or Death), but what is the meaning of such slogans today? These men represent the crossroads between ages: they are beings on the threshold, situated beyond the soldier or peasant, beyond damnation or salvation, for within themselves an exceptional state of affairs coexists.

To capture this condition, I proposed to make this jungle movie in a collaborative way, revealing the performative as the ideal vehicle to explore history more from the bodies than from the word, which ultimately leads not so much to make a political film, but rather to politicize cinema; to bring together method, form and content to transcend the emblems, slogans and even the political, in order to make a film whose process can serve as catharsis. Perhaps BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF is just that, a historical, generational document of beings whose way of life makes them a breed in risk of extinction, one whose refusal to lose everything makes them unique and irreplaceable.

Irene Gutiérrez

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