11/21/2019 08:00 pm – Murnau-Filmtheater
Cuba/Germany 2018 92 min Spanish original version with English subtitles
by Arturo Infante
Script: Arturo Infante, DoP: Javier Labrador, Editor: Joanna Montero, Music: Magda Rosa Galbán, Juan Antonio Leyva, Producers: Claudia Calviño, Ernst Fassbender, Production: Producciones De La 5ta Avenida, Fassb Filmproduktion, Cast: Maria Isabel Díaz, Omar Franco, Néstor Jiménez, Yerlin Pérez, Tamara Castellanos
Celeste García, a 60-year-old former schoolteacher and current guide at the Havana Planetarium, is looking for a life change. When a group of aliens land in Cuba offering earthlings a chance to visit their planet, Celeste signs up for the journey hoping for a better and more fulfilling life.
“This is the tale of not one, but two journeys. Two journeys of opposite nature.” (Arturo Infante)
“Unfortunately, it’s still a rare thing to see female-centered science fiction films today. Rarer still to see one with an older female protagonist – and rarest of all, a sci-fi film from Cuba. It’s a cinematic niche writer-director Arturo Infante fills with much sensitivity and a clear love for his subject in his debut feature. THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF CELESTE GARCÍA is a truly original and affectionately humorous take on the sci-fi genre.” (oneroomwithaview.com)
Considered one of the most prominent screenwriters in Cuba, Arturo Infante has written films such as THE SILLY AGE by director Pavel Giroud and HABANA EVA by Fina Torres. As a director his short films have been screened all over the world including at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival and the Havana Film Festival. THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF CELESTE GARCÍA marks his directorial feature film debut. Infante graduated at the esteemed University of Arts in Havana, where he majored in Performing Arts. Later he started Screenwriting at the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños and completed his education at the European Audiovisual Writing Conservatory in Paris.