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Comprehensive list of all titles in the Global Lens collection.

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Global Lens 2004/2003

- Angel On The Right
- Khorma
- Mango Yellow
- Margarette's Feast
- Nothing More
- Rachida
- Shadow Kill
- Ticket To Jerusalem
- Women's Prison
- Wretched Lives

 
 

Nothing More (NADA +) a film by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti

Cuba, 2001 (90 minutes)

Synopsis

Red tape muddles up the lives of people worldwide, but in Cuba it may reach more ludicrous extremes than in many other countries. Nothing More, Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti’s first feature film, takes a comical look at Cuban bureaucracy, presenting us with a story of the fictional shenanigans that go on in a Havana post office.

Carla (Thaïs Valdés) is a bored young postal clerk who dreams of leaving the country to join her parents in Miami. In the meantime, she steals and rewrites letters in order to brighten the lives of their addressees, however briefly. When her illegal subversion of the postal system is discovered by the office manager, the farce begins — a tornado of outrageously cartoonish characters, Keystone Kops-style chase sequences and even a comic nod to Jean-Luc Godard’s À bout de souffle, with Valdés striking poses à la Jean Seberg.

But alongside the bureaucratic lunacy, the film takes a serious look at themes of migration and separation that are specifically Cuban. Carla’s dissatisfaction with her life is offset by the pleasure she takes in helping those around her and by her developing relationship with a co-worker. With the United States always looming on the horizon of her dreams, Carla finds herself increasingly ambivalent about the thought of leaving her native country. Cremata Malberti makes a great paradox crystal clear: Cubans are torn between their desire to lead better lives elsewhere and a yearning to solve the problems at home.

Nothing More falls in line with other works of Cuban cinema — Humberto Solás’s Lucía comes to mind — by presenting an astute political message in a wonderfully engaging fashion. Cremata Malberti livens up the story with a frolicsome formal approach: the black-and-white images are occasionally flecked with intense colour, and silent film techniques boost the comic feel of the caper sequences. Thoughtful, cheerful and clever, Nothing More signals the arrival of an important new Cuban filmmaker.

— Diana Sanchez (2002 Toronto International Film Festival)

About the Director

Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti began his career in film as a writer, actor, and director for a children's television series in Cuba. While working for the program, he received a degree in theater and dramatic arts from La Havan Arts Superior Institut. His work won him a CARACOL award from the Cuban national union of writers and artists. In 1985, he was awarded a special artistic award from the Cuban Cultural Ministry. His work has appeared at international film festivals in Obehausen, Mannheim, Berlin, London, Leipzig, Hamburg, Sao Paulo, Copenhagen, Brussels, Friborg, Montevideo, and Madrid. Cremata and his work have won many awards worldwide. He was a film editing professor at Buenos Aires University and a film-directing professor at the Design and Comercial Panamerican School, also located in Buenos Aires. In 1996, Cremata Malberti was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim grant.

Principal Cast

Carla
César
Cunda
Cuca
Concha
Calzado
el de la Empresa
la secretaria
el administrador
el cartero

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Director
Authors

Set Designer
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Executive Producers

 

Thais Valdés
Nacho Lugo
Daisy Granados
Paula Alí
Verónica López
Luis Manuel Iglesias
Raúl Eguren
Edith Massola
Octavio Rodríguez “Churrisco ”
Raúl Pomares


Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti
Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti
Manolito Rodriguez
Nieves Laferte
Vladimir Cuenca
Guillermo Ramirez Malberti
Raul Garcia
Jean Guy Veran
Edesio Alejandro
Antonio Perez Reina
Raul Rodriguez Cabrera
Icaic (Cuba)
Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematograficos
Camilo Vives
Phf Films (Spain)
Sarah Halouia
Antonio Perez Perez
Dmvb Films (France)
Thierry Forte
Bamdad Film & Omid Film
Thierry Forte
Camillo Vive

 
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