Cuba | SciFi | HD | Color | 104 min | 2021

Film info

  • ABOUT THE FILM

    In an alternate reality, Fidel Castro uses genetic engineering to build the new man and thus save utopia. The experiment fails as these beings are highly intelligent but also cruel and uncontrollable. Rejected by their own creators, a group organizes a series of terrorist actions, and chaos reigns on the island. Elena, one of its members traces the origin of her genes and begins a journey to try to discover her humanity.

     

    PLOT KEYWORDS

    Cuba | revolution | ideology | literature | memory | dystopia | biopunk | technopolitics | body horror | genetic manipulation | experimental

    CREW & CAST

    Original title: Corazón Azul
    International title: Blue Heart
    Original language: Spanish & English
    Written & directed by: Miguel Coyula
    Produced by: Miguel Coyula & Lynn Cruz
    Cinematography: Miguel Coyula
    Editing: Miguel Coyula
    Original music: Dika Chartoff, “Porno Para Ricardo”, Ivan Lejardi, Sinfonity
    Costume Design: Lynn Cruz
    Production company: Producciones Pirámide (Cuba)

    CAST:
 Lynn Cruz, Carlos Gronlier, Hector Noás, Mariana Alom, Fernando Pérez, 
Aramis Delgado, Eric Morales,Gabriela Ramos, Jeff Pucillo & Félix Beatón

    FESTIVALS & AWARDS
    • World Premiere. Official Selection. 43 Moscow International Film Festival. 2021
    • Market Premiere. Pre-Cannes Screenings 2021
  • SINOPSIS

    En una realidad alternativa, Fidel Castro utiliza la ingeniería genética para construir el hombre nuevo y asi salvar la utopia . El experimento fracasa. Los individuos son rechazados por sus propios creadores y organizan una serie de acciones terroristas. Elena, uno de sus miembros, rastrea el origen de sus genes, e intenta descubrir su humanidad.

    FICHA TÉCNICA

    Título Original: Corazón Azul
    Título Internacional: Blue Heart
    Idioma original: Español e inglés
    Escrita y dirigida por: Miguel Coyula
    Producida por: Miguel Coyula & Lynn Cruz
    Dirección de Fotografía: Miguel Coyula
    Edición: Miguel Coyula
    Música original: Dika Chartoff, “Porno Para Ricardo”, Ivan Lejardi, Sinfonity
    Vestuario: Lynn Cruz
    Casa Productora: Producciones Pirámide (Cuba)

    ELENCO:
 Lynn Cruz, Carlos Gronlier, Hector Noás, Mariana Alom, Fernando Pérez, 
Aramis Delgado, Eric Morales,Gabriela Ramos, Jeff Pucillo & Félix Beatón

    FESTIVALES Y PREMIOS
    • Premiere Mundial. Selección Oficial.43 Festival Internacional de Moscú 2021
    • Market Premiere. Pre-Cannes Screenings 2021
  • SINOPSE

    Em uma realidade alternative, Fidel Castro usa a engenharia genética para construir o novo homem e salvar a utopia. O experimento falha porque esses seres são altamente inteligentes, mas também cruéis e incontroláveis. Rejeitado por seus próprios criadores, um grupo organiza uma série de ações terroristas, e o caos reina na ilha. Elena, um de seus membros mais antigos, descobre a origem de seus genes e inicia uma jornada para tentar descobrir sua humanidade.

    FICHA TÉCNICA

    Título Original: Corazón Azul
    Título Internacional: Blue Heart
    Idioma original: Español e inglés
    Escrita e dirigida por: Miguel Coyula
    Producida por: Miguel Coyula & Lynn Cruz
    Direção de Fotografia: Miguel Coyula
    Edição: Miguel Coyula
    Música original: Dika Chartoff, “Porno Para Ricardo”, Ivan Lejardi, Sinfonity
    Figurino: Lynn Cruz
    Casa Produtora: Producciones Pirámide (Cuba)

    ELENCO:
 Lynn Cruz, Carlos Gronlier, Hector Noás, Mariana Alom, Fernando Pérez, 
Aramis Delgado, Eric Morales,Gabriela Ramos, Jeff Pucillo & Félix Beatón

    FESTIVAIS E PRÊMIOS
    • Premiere Mundial. Seleção Oficial. 43 Festival Internacional de Moscou 2021
    • Market Premiere. Pre-Cannes Screenings 2021

Screening

  • TRAILER

Reviews

  • Olga Artemyeva. MIFF Daily #5
    “Miguel Coyula is an uncompromising avantgarde filmmaker, a wonderful “enfant terrible” of sorts in the world of Cuban cinema. A definitive auteur – a one-man band, he is a director, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and composer (he plays all these roles in “Blue Heart” too).” [Full Review]
     
  • Kiril Razgolov. MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    “A hooligan film, the most transgressive and irreverent of the festival” [Full Article]
     
  • Néstor Díaz de Villegas. HYPERMEDIA MAGAZINE
    “Blue Heart is a Maoist conspiracy hidden in a Japanese manga wrapped in sheets of GRANMA … Lynn Cruz is the Linda Blair of Coyula; he blasphemes before the altar of the one-party system, and Lynn, who has been summoned to channel the sensuality of the sacrilegious, serves as a vehicle for blasphemy.” [Full Review in Spanish]
     
  • Matthew David Roe. CINEASTE MAGAZINE
    “The politically dissident, formally innovative filmmaker has single-minded created a series of short films and features, mixing live action and animation, that aim to challenge viewers. The Cuban government’s surveillance of him seems to prove his success in that regard.” [Full Review]
     
  • Rodrigo Fonseca. C7NEMA
    “Considered the most restless and experimental of the competitors in Moscow’s official feature competition, the film represents Havana from a dystopian lens, with elements sci-fi and a philosophical pepper worthy of a horror film à la George A. Romero…it has something of George Lucas’ “THX 1138” (1971), but framed by Latin adversities.” [Full Review in Portuguese]
     
  • Enrique Gonzáles Rojas. RIALTA MAGAZINE
    “Although it is a film of rebellion and political explicitness, Blue heart is not an agitprop work, but rather the emaciated, and even tragically romantic at times, chronicle of a failure … a non-humorous political satire woven into key science fiction biopunk. To its distinctive dystopian, nihilistic and ethical – essentially political – overtones, some Cronengberian body horror elements (The Brood, Scanners) are added. Also, we can discover hints of older legacies in the style of Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932).” [Full Review in Spanish]
     
  • Ángel Pérez. RIALTA MAGAZINE
    “Miguel Coyula has successfully accomplished, once again, a risky creative adventure … a retro-futuristic reflection on the contemporary state of his country…within a narrative resolved under the perspective of a comic.” [Full Review in Spanish]
     

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