- September 19, 2003
Documentary focuses on the everyday life of the members of “Madera limpia” and their inspiration for the music they make.
Directed by: Alina Teodorescu
Script: Sorin Dorian Dragoi, Alina Teodorescu
Producers: Sorin Dorian Dragoi., Alina Teodorescu – Teo Films
Cinematography by: Sorin Dragoi
Edited by: Alina Teodorescu
Sound: Robert Kellner, Marcus Holzner
Music: Madera Limpia
Category: feature film
Duration: 96 minutes
2,777 – Cinepub viewers
A couple of old plastic bottles and a few pieces of driftwood are enough for them. They create instruments and music – powerful, vibrating, explosive; the rhythm of young Cuba.
Paraíso is not about the European cliché of Cuba. It is not about romantic old cars and Buena Vista Social Club. It is about a group of young men. Around singer Yasel they have formed the band Madera Limpia (Pure Wood). They live in the eastern Cuban village of Guantánamo, where there is nothing really going on …
“My priority in life is to live; while I live I can have illusions, dream of getting what I lack, and what I lack is everything. While I live, I can do it”, says Yasel.
- German Award for Cameras – Documentary Film
- Jeonju Film Festival – Nomination
- Audience Award – Bad Endorf Latin American Film Festival
- Bester Non-Latino Dokumentarfilm – AluCine 2005 Toronto