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Marcel Beltrán, Marcel Beltrán

La opción cero

Doc. expérimental | 4k | couleur | 80:0 | Cuba | 2020

A group of Cuban migrants use their mobile phones to record and transmit through social networks intimate moments of their passage through the jungle, gathering more than 100 hours of experiences. Immobilized in a makeshift camp by Cáritas in Panama City, the difficult passage through the Darien Jungle comes to life on their devices. In this migratory limbo, Cuban director Marcel Beltrán films the passing of the hours in the camp and gains access to this shocking archive.

Marcel Beltrán (b. 1985, Moa, Cuba) is a film director and producer currently living and working in São Paulo, Brazil. He is the founder of Mediocielo Films, a consultant for international development projects and a facilitator of sustainability practices within the arts, exploring environmentally and ecologically-focused issues. Beltrán’s work combines image degradation, memory and life experience creating a dialogue between the poetic and political / the intimate and public. Marcel has wrote, directed and produced “La música de las esferas” (2018) premiere at 35 MIFF and "La opción cero" (2020), a feature documentary with world premiere at IDFA, Hot Docs and DOC NYC, receiving, among other awards, Best International Feature Film at Miradasdoc (Spain), FIDBA (Argentina). His previous films were selected in film festivals around the world, such as MoMA Documentary Fortnight (New York), Busan International Short Film Festival, Documenta Madrid, DOK Leipzig, AmDocs (Palm Springs), Malaga, Biarritz, SANFIC (Santiago de Chile), Festival Latino (São Paulo), BIFF (Bogota), Havana Festival, among others.