THE STRAWBERRY TREE

EL ÁRBOL DE LAS FRESAS

By Simone RAPISARDA CASANOVA

IBIDEM FILMS - as PROD

First film - Completed 2011

Filmed in the remote hamlet of Juan Antonio, Cuba, just before it was wiped out by a hurricane, El árbol de las fresas (The Strawberry Tree) tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie while capturing the final sigh of one of Cuba's last fishing villages.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • First film
    • Countries
    • CANADA, ITALY, CUBA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 71 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Simone RAPISARDA CASANOVA
    • Writer(s)
    • Simone RAPISARDA CASANOVA
    • Producer(s)
    • Simone RAPISARDA CASANOVA (Ibidem Films)
    • Synopsis
    • VARIETY SHORT REVIEW: There's a deceptive simplicity to Simone Rapisarda Casanova's "The Strawberry Tree," which makes its highly considered p.o.v. especially refreshing. Turning the usual ethnographic docu on its head, the debuting helmer went to a remote Cuban fishing village in 2008 and filmed the inhabitants without attempting to disguise his presence, forcing auds to keep in mind that every nonfiction pic, no matter how invisible the director, is part subject, part creator. Rapisarda Casanova's low-key approach could easily slip under the radar but should be championed at fests.
      The village of Juan Antonio, on the northeastern coast, was obliterated by Hurricane Ike less than one month after shooting wrapped, turning "Tree" into an even more vital reminder of the responsibilities filmmakers have to be aware of in their role as mediator. Rapisarda Casanova developed a playful relationship with the locals, who tease him: "What a boring shot of the old lady grinding coffee," jokes one woman as she pounds beans. The opening is a post-hurricane interview with four former residents, but the bulk of the pic, handsomely lensed with a painterly graininess, self-reflexively records daily life in a place that no longer exists.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jul 01, 2008
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