Sergio and Sergei


Lark Theatre Tue, Oct 9, 2018 6:00 PM
Rafael 2 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Viva El Cine
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:93 min.
Director:Ernesto Daranas Serrano
Producer:Jaume Roures
Joel Ortega
Ramón Samada
Screenwriter:Ernesto Daranas Serrano
Marta Daranas
Cinematographer:Alejandro Menéndez
Editor:Jorge Miguel Quevedo
Cast:Tomás Cao
Héctor Noas Uriza
Ron Perlman
Print Source:West End Films
Note Writer:Brian Karl


Based on a true story, this whimsical and lighthearted tale remains grounded in human struggles and emotions through the eyes and ears of Sergio (Tomás Cao, Viva), a young Cuban art professor and ham radio operator. Opening with a long zoom from outer space down to Earth, a lone figure rides his bicycle on the streets of Havana circa 1991 as Fidel Castro proclaims the continuation of the Cuban Revolution over the radio, even as the Soviet Union collapses. Sergio eagerly reaches out to the wider world, making friends on both sides of the Cold War, including Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut orbiting alone on the Mir space station, and Peter (Ron Perlman), an American journalist in New York. Though the special effects are low-budget, they are terrific in recreating the interstellar world. Back on Earth, the film depicts Havana continuing to glow in gorgeous light and colors even as electrical blackouts, government surveillance, and goods shortages leave many Cubans restless and longing for escape.

Expected Guest: Talent Hector Noas  (All Screenings)

Sponsored By:

In association with PlazaCUBA

Additional Information

Born in Havana in 1961, Ernesto Daranas Serrano’s films as director and screenwriter include Los últimos gaiteros de La Habana (2004), winner of the King of Spain International Award for Journalism; Fallen Gods (2008), which was Cuba’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards®; Bluechacha (2012), nominated for the Latin Grammy® as Best Long Duration Music Video; and Conducta (2014), which was again selected by Cuba for the Foreign Language Oscar®.