Gabriel BERISTAIN (Vedado Films), Eduardo FLORES (Odessa Films & TV Mexico), Roberto CHILE (Mira Pa'Ka)
There is probably no other living protagonist of the 20th century who has been as much talked about and as studied as Fidel Castro.
It is equally true that he remains one of the most controversial figures of our times. Since he began defying the United States in 1959, he has squared off against no less than ten U.S. presidents. He has shaped Cuba into a new type of country, provoking over half a century of on-going debates, attacks, praise, and admiration. The small island is today one of the more prominent and well- known countries on the planet, whose influence has not diminished in over fifty years. Despite all this, we know next to nothing about the man who implausibly survived countless murder attempts on his life, and lived a full, long life until age 90.
Any which way we look at it, there is no one like Fidel. FIDEL UP CLOSE will offer a novel outlook on his persona, from a different angle, to attempt a fresher and closer look, in order to reveal the man behind the myth through little known stories and testimonies of those who were near him during the most important historic landmarks of his life.
The idea is to focus on the more intense moments in the life of one of the most forceful and captivating figures of the XX century: Comandante Fidel Castro.
The purpose is neither to create an exhaustive biography nor a precise historic retelling of his activities. It will be a deeper and more emotional portrait of the man behind the fatigues: It will dwell on his decision-making, on his motivation, on what stimulated him, as well as his daily life experience and the lessons learned.
Inspired by an informal conversation with Cuban movie actress Daisy Granados, retelling the day Fidel suddenly stopped by her apartment and how, when they moved to the kitchen to prepare themselves some soup, she witnessed the tremendous focus thecomandanteplaced on cooking this broth as if it was the last supper of his life…
FIDEL UP CLOSE builds a portrait from many collected little anecdotes, and little by little, like parts of a jigsaw puzzle, reveal Fidel as the individual, the boy from Biran, the law student from Havana University, the avid college reader, the ‘other Fidel’ who, given the burden of events unfolding alongside and before him, very few people have gotten to know before.