Original name: Los Océanos Son Los Verdaderos Continentes
English name: Oceans Are The Real Continents
Run time: 119 Min
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Black and White
Country: Cuba, Italy
Director: Tommaso Santambrogio
Producers: Marica Stocchi, Gianluca Arcopinto
Cast: Alexander Diego, Edith Ybarra Clara, Frank Ernesto Lam, Alain Alain Alfonso González, Milagros Llanes Martínez
Screenplay: Tommaso Santambrogio
Cinematographer: Lorenzo Casadio Vannucci
Editor: Matteo Faccenda
Sound Designer: Tommaso Barbaro
Music Composer: Ramiro Cordero, Marco Reccagni
Production Company: Rosamont, Rai Cinema
World Sales: Fandango Sales
Tommaso Santambrogio is a young Italian director; he has lived between Milan, Paris, Rome, Florence, and Havana, and has collaborated with several internationally renowned filmmakers, such as Werner Herzog and Lav Diaz. His first short films The Last Scene, and Oceans Are The Real Continents were both screened in 2019 at the Venice FF and were then selected in many festivals around the world. Taxibol (2023), his latest docu-film, recently premiered at Visions du Réel. Oceans Are the Real Continents (2023) is his debut feature film.
Alex and Edith, a young couple in their 30s, live their relationship made up of small gestures and everyday life among the ruins of Cuban buildings.
Milagro, a retired old lady, tries to survive by selling ‘mani’ (typical Cuban peanut cones) and by illegally raising piglets in her backyard.
Alain and Frank, two nine-year-old boys, go to school and dream of emigrating together to the United States to become Major League Baseball players.
These three narrations and their respective worlds develop in the setting of San Antonio De Los Baños, a town in the Cuban inland, where time has frozen. This scenario incarnates a picture of our times that comes to life thanks to the memory of the characters; it is in this place that the spectre of separation unveils itself, real scourge of the Cuban society.