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An eternal revolutionary

Para la guerra / To War Director
Regissør: Francisco Marise
( Cuba/Argentina)

In a Cuba that is slowly moving further and further away from communism, a Cuban veteran is stuck in the past.

Andrés is a Cuban veteran who has never stopped being a soldier. He fought in Angola and Nicaragua, but although his last mission was over more than 30 years ago, he has maintained the soldier's thinking and belief in the cause of communism. And while the enthusiasm for the revolution in the long decades of scarcity and totalitarian rule has faded with many Cubans, and his country is now changing, Andrés is training for a war he is sure will come. By clinging to a past that was never truly glorious, he lives in a world that exists only in his own mind and in the modest apartment in which he lives.

Francisco Marise's first full-length film is a touching portrait of this devoted, aging man, left behind by time and history as an illustration of how the scars of war and the damage of a doctrine unexpectedly appear and can mark a soldier's heart and mind for life.

To live in a distant past

The film borrows the uneventful pace of Andrés' life; time barely moves in his surroundings. He spends his life training and performing simple chores in his apartment. He demonstrates his fighting skills in front of the camera, and becomes a vivid illustration of a soldier's training manual with original instructions on the screen before each set. . .

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Bianca-Olivia Nita
Nita is a freelance journalist and critic for Ny Tid.

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