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Night of the Innocent
The new Cuban feature-length film La noche de los inocentes (The Night of the Innocent) by director Arturo Sotto had its Havana premiere on Tuesday and opens at theaters around the capital on Thursday May 24.

The 100-minute film in digital format was co-produced by Cuba, Spain and Italy. Sotto also wrote the screenplay, Ernesto Granados was in charge of photography, Carlos Urdanivia on art direction and Ernan Lopez-Nussa wrote the original soundtrack for the film.

The film begins with brutal beating of a young man who looks like a transvestite and who is then abandoned on the doorstep of a Havana hospital. Mercedes, the nurse who treats him, convinces Frank, a former policeman with whom she is involved in a relationship, to investigate the case.

Little by little all of the characters who take part in the plot arrive at the hospital room of Federico, the transvestite. An extraordinary investigation reveals a Cuban family full of secrets and dark passions. The whole movie occurs on the night of a full moon, one December 28th: the Day of the Innocent (the Spanish equivalent of April Fool's Day.)

Arturo Soto is known for his previous films Amor Vertical (Vertical Love) and Pon tu pensamiento en mi (Think about me). The director graduated from the San Antonio de los Banos Film School south of the capital. In last years New Latin American Cinema Festival he won the top prize for unpublished screenplay with Peter Pan Kids.

The cast for Noche de los innocentes includes Jorge Perugorria, Silvia Aguila, Aramis Delgado and Susana Perez.

Soto commented that this film is nothing like his past efforts and is no more than an attempt to make a connection with the audience, brining them closer to a very peculiar reality while narrating the adventures on one Night of the Innocent.

Source: By Cecilia Crespo, Granma

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