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Aram Vidal was born in Cuba. He graduated in Communication at the University of Havana. His work has focused mainly on documentary films, although he has also written and directed fiction and animation.

 

In his trilogy composed by De Generación (Cuba, 2007), Ex Generación (Mexico, 2009) and El pez azul (Cuba/Mexico, 2017), he addresses Cuba's political and social conflicts, from the perspective of young people and those who have emigrated off the island. His personal life -exiled in Mexico since 2009- has led him to explore the theme of migration and cross-cultural identity.

 

A more dreamlike and experimental look marks his short fiction films Recursivo (2012), Relevo (2013) and Gato (2016). In these films, originally scripted, he explores in an unusual way the topics of fear, madness and love, approaching the thriller genre. In Gato he experiments with the use of CGI to emphasize the protagonist's disconnection with reality, while in Recursivo he builded a surreal location to recreate an eternal dream.

 

His documentaries and short fiction films have been screened at dozens of festivals around the world, including Clermont-Ferrand, Havana New Filmmmakers Festival (Documentary Award), Gothenburg Festival, Entr'2 Marches at Cannes (Best Fiction Script award), Santiago Alvarez International Festival (Documentary Award), Los Angeles Cinefest, New York Film Week, Amsterdam Film Festival, Miami Independent Film Festival, Rhode Island Film Festival, among others.

 

He has won artistic residencies such as the audiovisual award from the Fondo de Cultura de México (FONCA), production support from the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECID), and Art residency at the Swem Media Center in Virginia, US.

 

Vidal has also written for several magazines and published the book of short stories La gente sí se da cuenta (Pinos Nuevos Award, 2007). He is also co-author of the essay books "The cinema of Cuba" (2017) and "The digital author" (2019).

He currently works as an independent director and producer. 

FILMOGRAPHY

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THE BLUE FISH
Short Film

After leaving Cuba, Ernesto try to put the past behind him, including the love of his life.

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DEGENERATION
Documentary

A group of young Cubans  express their contradictions with the political project builded by their elders.

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BUBBLES BEAT
Documentary

A group of young Americans reflect on their generation and the spirit of an era marked by disenchantment and apathy.

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RELIEF
Short Film

A woman takes her boyfriend in a wheelchair to a picnic on a lake. She will do everything she can to make him happy before the next morning arrives.

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CAT
Short Film

In a psychiatric asylum, a patient tries to remember the events that led him there. Recovery becomes more difficult as reality and fantasy mingle.

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RECURSIVE
Short Film

Two women wake up naked in a strange room. They have no idea how they got there, nor do they recognize each other. Worse still, they seem to be trapped in a dead-end room.

CUBA

NEW FILMMAKERS

FESTIVAL

2007

BEST DOCUMENTARY

DEGENERATION

Entr'2 Marches

CANNES

2014

BEST FICTION SCRIPT

RELIEF

BROWNSTONE FOUNDATION

2013

DOCUMENTARY AWARD

BUBBLES BEAT