IN A WHISPER / A MEDIA VOZ
Two best friends make films together in Cuba when one of the two grasps at the chance to permanently escape to Europe, leaving the other behind. Their relationship will continue through a sensational series of videos, which “in a whisper” manage to ingeniously capture the sorrow of being an expatriate, the crucial aspects of the female temperament, the roots of a deep friendship and the passion for freedom. Recipient of the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary for a touching acknowledgment of the healing power of film through its unifying and redeeming qualities. Directors in attendance
SPAIN, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, CUBA | 2019 | COLOR & B&W | DCP | 80' | SPANISH, FRENCH
Two women, Cuba, Europe, the root of a great friendship, cinema, the persistent need for capturing time, verifying the moment. ‘In a Whisper’ is a touching video-correspondence between two women who left their country and were separated. A film that moves each viewer differently, though at a very similar spot. The spot where the vital need for human expression meets nostalgia for time passed, uprooting and the emphatically alive but painfully ‘absent’ friendship.
Heidi Hassan and Patricia Pérez Fernández ‘in a whisper’ of cinema, meet again and create more than a documentary: they capture ingenuously the mourning for emigration, the fundamental sides of female temperament, and the passion for freedom. Ι.D.
DIRECTORS: Patricia Pérez Fernández, Heidi Hassan
SCREENWRITERS: Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández
DoP: Patricia Pérez Fernández, Heidi Hassan
MUSIC: Olivier Militon
EDITORS: Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández, Diana Toucedo
PATRICIA PÉREZ FERNÁNDEZ & HEIDI HASSAN
Born in 1978 in Cuba where they studied Film. Hassan moved to Switzerland and Fernandez to Spain to get their MAs. They have worked in short film and documentary. This is their first co-directorial feature film.
2019 In a Whisper