Synopsis

In the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Malin, a Russian literature professor at The University of Havana, is sent to translate between Cuban doctors and children sent from the USSR for medical treatment. Torn from the abstract world of academia and forced into the relentlessly real world of medicine, Malin becomes increasingly depressed. When he meets a child who tells him a story, Malin connects with the kids and finds his way through. Just as he adapts to his new job, the Berlin Wall falls and Cuba enters the deepest economic crisis the island has ever known. But Malin is now so entrenched in the lives of the Chernobyl Children that he doesn’t notice his young family suffering. He must find his way back to his wife and child through the lessons he learns at the hospital – and become a better person on the way.

About the Filmmakers

Rodrigo Barriuso, Co-Director is a Cuban-Canadian award-winning filmmaker. With a background in art theory, Rodrigo’s cinematic approach is highly influenced by the conceptual and aesthetic values that often inform the wider world of visual arts. His short film For Dorian screened at festivals around the world including Slamdance Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival, receiving the Best Canadian Film Award at InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival, the Norman Jewison Filmmakers Award, and the Best Short Film Award at MIX Copenhagen.

Sebastián Barriuso, Co-Director is a Havana–born award-winning filmmaker. He studied at the High Institute of Art in Cuba. He produced La Piscina, which had its premiere at Berlinale 2013 and received the Jury Prize at the Marrakesh Film Festival. Sebastián is part of the EAVE Network and a CMPA member.