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Black comedy - Completed 2010

Searching for the American Dream... in Cuba

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Black comedy
    • Countries
    • MEXICO
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 97 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Álvaro CURIEL DE ICAZA
    • Writer(s)
    • Álvaro CURIEL DE ICAZA
    • Producer(s)
    • Juan URUCHURTU, Sandra SOLARES
    • Synopsis
    • Silverio Palacios, a failed former union member from Veracruz, Mexico, decides to make his old friend Alacrán’s dream come true, by sailing to Miami in search of the American Dream.
      Convinced that it’s completely inefficient to cross the border to become one of millions of Mexican fugitives, Silverio transforms his old abandoned taxi into a raft that will take him across the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Coast.
      A passionate speaker of senseless speeches, Silverio prepares the most important one yet in his life when he tries to convince the American Government to receive a political refugee, fleeing from Communism and risking his life in search of freedom and a better opportunity. The plan is foolproof, he just needs to get to shore without getting caught, and the US Government is obliged to grant political asylum to whoever dares to risk his life in such a burden.
      Silverio rehearses his best Cuban accent and filled with courage and a sack of oranges as his only witness, is sent away as a local hero by his family and friends who watch him sail off to the horizon towards an uncertain future filled with hope.
      A turn of events transforms Alacrán’s dream into a new reality.
      Silverio improvises a desperate speech in front of a Cuban Government who watches the arrival of the first Mexican fleeing the Capital System to seek refuge in the last socialist country in the continent, as very unlikely.
      In a matter of seconds, Silverio, armed only with his wit, will learn to overcome the new circumstances and take advantage of the many benefits of a system that was not prepared to receive this Mexican.