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Ticket to Paradise

(Boleto al paraíso)
Cuba / Spain, 2011

Director: Gerardo Chijona Producers: Camilo Vives, Antonio Hens, Isabel Prendes Screenplay: Francisco García, Gerardo Chijona, Maykel Rodríguez
Cinematographer: Raúl Pérez Ureta Editor: Miriam Talavera Music: edesio Alejandro Principal Cast: Miriel Cejas, Héctor Medina, Dunia Matos, Saray Vargas, Fabián Muñoz

Cuba 1993: eunice, no longer able to tolerate her father’s abuse, flees her small town. She falls in with the “freakies,” a gang of hard-living street kids, who embrace her as one of their own. However, eunice once again finds herself at a crossroads when the group finds out that the local AIDS facility offers food, clothing, and shelter, and they decide they want in—whatever the cost. Boleto al paraíso presents a harsh and highly compelling chronicle of disaffected youth culture in Cuba.

A shocker, but despite the severity of its narrative, it always maintains a sense of honesty and, as might be expected, dread. It’s not an overtly political film, but the implied critique embodied in Eunice and her friends is potent and bitter. Variety.

Cuba, 1993: eunice, no puede soportar más el abuso de su padre, y decide dejar su pequeño pueblo. Se hace amiga de una banda de chicos que viven en la calle, quienes la hacen parte de su grupo. Después, el grupo descubre que el sanatorio de la ciudad para enfermos de SIDA, ofrece comida, ropa y alojamiento gratuito. eunice se encuentra sola cuando el resto del grupo decide internarse en el sanatorio, a pesar del alto costo que esta decisión lleva.

9:15 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Gerardo Chijona was born in Havana in 1949. His first three features, Adorables mentiras, un paraíso bajo las estrellas and Perfecto amor equivocado all premiered at Sundance. Boleto al paraíso won the Audience Award at Biarritz, Best Film at Málaga and was nominated for Best Latin American Film at the Spanish Goya Awards.