A short comedy film addressing very serious topics, such as senile dementia, the role of an elderly person's caregiver and the role of women in contemporary Cuban society.
We expect laughter and reflection from the viewer. Would you help us achieve this cinematic adventure?
Grandma eats well, but she always forgets and demands more food. Her daughter and granddaughter, with the help of the latter's boyfriend, undertake a plan to shoot enough evidence videos to convince the grandmother that she has already eaten every meal of every day of the week. At gunpoint they manage to put the old lady in front of the camera, but the filming is only half done: the lady manages to get hold of the gun and aim at the improvised film crew.
How does it end? You'll have to wait to watch the movie... You can win rewards that will allow you to watch it before its première!
Again (and probably always) it is personal experiences what move me to generate a script. Although senile dementia brings pain to those who suffer it and their families, particularly caregivers, for no one it is a secret that it produces countless comic situations in everyday life.
The choice of humor is not random: laughter is an relieve that helps a lot in coping with these difficult life situations. Of course, for those of us who live them, it can qualify as black humor and we laugh with certain bitterness. Perhaps that's why I held back from resorting to situations that are too absurd. I prefer to bring out a bitter smile in the spectator, rather than a loud laugh. And above all I prefer to breathe reality in the film, despite its genre.
The Perfect Analogon, from its slight absurdity, addresses the theme of sacrificing for the family, which touches me personally, but also that of the social role of women, which trickles as a secondary but intentional theme. The intertextual references to the characters and dialogues of Lorca's La casa de Bernarda Alba help in that sense. In the story there are also brushstrokes that make us reflect on the «illusion of reality» attributed to the seventh art. Just seasonings.
Abdel Martinez (Scriptwriter and General Producer)
From the first actresses Paula Alí (Alba) and Laura de la Uz (Adela) we will all learn, including the young actors who will alternate with them: Wendy Oliva (Ayelén) and Carlos Milanés (Pepín). That magic that is becoming part of the modus operandi of Colga'o Film Café is one of the greatest values of its productions: it destroys barriers (whose origins are unknown) between the center and the periphery of audiovisual creation. The result, besides the work, is the creative bridges that are established, the collective practical learning and the affections that are born. The cinema comes out of the smog of Havana and grows, it is oxygenated.
I'm happy to take on the character of Adela in the production of The Perfect Analogon, because I think it's a good script, very funny and dynamic, full of insights.
Despite the absurdity of the comedy situation, all characters are coherent and have their own lives, with their drives and realism. Adela, the one who concerns me, is written with great verisimilitude. She represents many women heads of households at that age when they must split themselves between caring for their parents and their children. This living through others, this constant concern for others in the family, blurs, or rather, bleaches, these women, who are defined by generosity and sacrifice.
Adela, however, is not a passive character nor does she give up easily. From her simplicity, and in complicity with her daughter, she assumes life with a kind of positive energy -I don't know if I can call it optimism- that makes her nice, easy to love. I think the public can easily identify with a character like Adela and the problems she faces.
Laura de la Uz (actress)
The story told by The Perfect Analogon is made up of two settings, which are juxtaposed: one during the day, with elements of comedy of manners and family; and the other at night, related to the parody of low-budget horror films. The differentiation of these two settings is marked from the script itself, and cries out for the staging to reinforce it: a zigzagging tone between laughter and fear.
For the daytime setting, the audiovisual language will be rather discreet, spartan, conventional, as Woody Allen recommends for the genre: «Comedy has to be real, simple and clear. You hardly ever get a chance to shoot anything very dramatically. What you want, really, is a nice, clean, open frame. (...) You want to see everything, to see the actors do what they do. »
On the other hand, the night setting will have a much greater visual and sound load. Two words: more spectacular. A great part of the rhythm will be external, contributed by the movements of a camera with a role more leading than in the daytime setting; by a montage that will bet on shorter shots and more frequent cuts; and by the soundtrack, supported by original music that should synthesize comedy and fear. The main objective is to transmit the fear that a conspiracy can generate, in this case the one revolving around Alba, while the insanity of the situation gives us back the possibility of laughter.
Colga'o Film Café is a creation group that seeks to valorize independent audiovisual production made in the interior of Cuba. Our approach bets on building creative bridges between the center and the peripheries of the national audiovisual production, in order to promote synergies and widen horizons.
In other words, we are interested in debunking the myth that in Cuba movies are only made in Havana. We want to prove that making good films from underprivileged territories is a possibility that makes everyone grow, including cinema itself!
We generate audiovisual fiction projects of various genres, bringing together narrative and visual experimentation, proposing stories that touch fibers of sensitivity, not mere entertainment. We are also interested in the documentary genre.
Our latest work, the short film Guerra, in the drama genre, directed by the young director Yelenis Planos Cannet, is in post-production. This project was produced with the support of the Cuban Institute of Cinema Art and Industry (ICAIC), the Hermanos Saíz Association (AHS) of Camagüey, Cuba, and the Norwegian Embassy in Havana. We leave you some images of the shooting.
At the beginning (2014), there was a café called El Colga'o, in the historical center of the city of Sancti Spíritus, a space of great convocation among young people, with a proposal of marked cultural nuance.
In mid-2017, its entrepreneurs Elisa Mapelli and Abdel Martínez entered the Cuban University of the Arts, in the faculty of Audiovisual Media Arts.
From then on, El Colga'o hosts the audiovisual creation group Colga'o Film Café. A notable part of the income of El Colga'o is destined to the audio-visual production. Of the total budget of The Perfect Analogon, the café El Colga'o covers 30%.
Here are some reward proposals. However, you can also negotiate the one you want! Contact us and we will gladly design the customized reward of your choice. Shipping costs included.
Donate 10.00 € to our campaign and you will get an exclusive digital download before the première+ Name in the final credits of the film, in "Thanks".
Donate 20.00 € and you will have an exclusive digital download before the première+ Autographed poster + Name in the final credits of the film, in "Special thanks".
Donate 35.00 € and you will have access to an exclusive digital download before the première+ Autographed poster + Name in the initial credits of the film in "With the support of".
Donate 50.00 € and you will have access to an exclusive digital download before the première+ Autographed poster + Name in the initial credits of the film in "With the support of" + A customized anti COVID-19 mask with Colga'o Film Café's logo.
Donate 100.00 € and you become a VIP donor with a diploma + an exclusive digital download before the première + Autographed poster + Autographed bound copy of the script + Name in the initial credits of the film in "With the support of" + A customized anti COVID-19 mask with Colga'o Film Café's logo.
Donate 200.00 € and you become a VIP+ donor with a diploma + an exclusive digital download before the première + Autographed poster + Autographed bound copy of the script + Name in the initial credits of the film in "With the support of" + A customized anti COVID-19 mask with Colga'o Film Café's logo... By wearinf it you'll get free service in El Colga'o Café, of Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, with validity for life.
Halfway through the campaign we are adding a reward to all those who contribute to the "The Perfect Analogous" campaign, we have called it "The Cinema Inside". (This includes the minimum reward of 5 euros and all those who have already contributed).
We will give a digital download of the making off of the short, where you can see the whole process of shooting, will be in action to the famous actresses Laura de la Uz and Paula Ali behind the scenes, the organizational dynamics, creative chaos, etc.
Those who contribute 35 euros or more, will be mentioned and greeted in the making off, which will leave contented for the posterity of the gratefulness by its contribution. Those who contribute 100 euros or more, will be greeted by the actresses stars of the film Paula Alí or Laura de la Uz!
Cut... we repeat!
For the last third of our campaign at Verkami, we have decided to add a new reward. We have named it Cut... we repeat! All our sponsors (including those who have already donated) will receive a digital download with a selection of the most comical discarded scenes (actors forgetting their texts, laughing fits, stumbling, etc.). Do you like it? Then donate!
The target value of this campaign at Verkami is 16% of the total value of the film's budget. The funding will be used for:
• Logistics during the shooting (feeding the whole crew and transportation of personnel, media, sets, props)
• Renting the main location
We have other supports that already guarantee a good part of what is required for the project (24% of the budget):
• Hermanos Saíz Association of Sancti Spíritus
• Cuban University of the Arts (Subsidiary of Camagüey)
• Independent media producers of Sancti Spíritus (Tantramusic, Seis Pingüinos)
The project is won the Norwegian Fund for Cuban Cinema 2020 (30% of the budget). See the official list of winners of the Norwegian Fund for Cuban Cinema 2020
Colga'o Film Café contributes with its own funds to cover 30%.
From January-March 2021, we will be preparing everything necessary for the shooting, which will take place in April 2021, and will last 4 days. The postproduction (editing, special effects, soundtrack editing and finishing) of the film will be between April and June, and in August 2021 we will be ready to send you your reward!
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