Without La Habana
Sin La Habana

Director: Kaveh Nabatian
Canada-Cuba | 2021| Spanish with English subtitles | 94 min

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Audience Award VIFF 2021

At the urging of his girlfriend, a frustrated Afro-Cuban ballet dancer seduces a lonely Iranian-Canadian divorcee to secure passage from Cuba to Canada, where he plans to reunite with his girlfriend.

A instancias de su novia, un bailarín de ballet afrocubano frustrado seduce a una solitaria divorciada iraní-canadiense para conseguir un pasaje de Cuba a Canadá, donde planea reunirse con su novia.

Kaveh Nabatian

I have spent the last decade directing and shooting fiction films, music videos, television series, and documentaries all over the world: from Nunavut, Guyana, and South America to New York and Montreal (where I split my time).

With my Juno award-winning band, Bell Orchestre, I have released two records, toured everywhere from the Baltics to the Yukon, and collaborated with the likes of LaLaLa Human Steps, Arcade Fire, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.

My work confronts the gap between film and music. I aspire to make films that have the immediacy of music, and to make music that has the evocative energy of film. I want to create spaces for people to dream.