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Leonardo, a classical dancer, and Sara, a lawyer, are young, beautiful and in love. They’re also ambitious, but their dreams are thwarted by Cuba’s closed borders. Their ticket to a brighter future lies with Nasim, a tourist with a taste for the exotic. An Iranian-born Canadian, Nasim struggles with her own demons and finds an emotional outlet in Leonardo. Power, money, creativity and destiny intertwine in a passionate love triangle with a hint of magic, where cultures clash in a torrid dance between Quebec’s winter and Havana’s sultry Malecón.

Programmer Notes:

I love the way the film finds rhythm, music and dance in unlikely moments, jumping from one culture and language to the other. The characters' internal and relational conflicts are palpable. Not only did I feel for the characters but I also fully enjoyed everything about this film. Fantastic music and performances.

About the Director:

Kaveh Nabatian has spent the last decade directing and shooting narrative films, music videos, television series, and feature-length documentaries all over the world. A musician by trade, he also makes music for film, dance, various ensembles, orchestra, and theatre. He has taught filmmaking at the Cine Institute in Haiti, where he continues to work and develop projects with Haitian filmmakers and writers, as well as in the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi. An IFP Narrative Lab Fellow and an alumnus of TIFF Writers’ Studio, Berlinale Talent Campus, TIFF Talent Lab, and TIFF Pitch This, he aspires to make films that have the immediacy of music, and to make music that has the evocative energy of film.

  • Runtime
    95 minutes
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  • Premiere
    Oregon Premiere
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