After 44 days Cuban director Fernando Perez has finished shooting “La pared de las palabras“ (The wall of words), his eighth film, which he hopes is the portrait of a fragment of life rather than a movie.
For this effort he brought together renowned actors like Isabel Santos, Veronica Lynn, Laura de la Uz, Jorge Perugorría and Carlos Enrique Almirante, who are responsible for bringing out the veracity of the story and of each of its characters created by writer Zuzel Monne.
According to the official movie site www.lapareddelaspalabras.com the synopsis of this film tells of Luis, a sick man who does not speak, or move and live confined to his wheelchair and into his inner world. His family, especially his mother, has lived doubting how much of their love has got to him, how much they have been able to understand them, his grandmother, his brother, his needs and anxieties. At the same time Luis struggles for freedom from physical restraint and to show others everything that he keeps inside.
The director has said that he hopes that this film is not only a film about disability, but on the difficult task of human communication.
On that regard he added: "The wall of words will try to express that hard and rocky road, not only through Luis, but of all his family and social environment. Because, often, we humans who are classified as normal are the most incapable of understanding words, signals, waves, looks lost in the darkness of the everyday”.
Like all Fernando’s projects, this is no less complex, so he has been accompanied by good professionals with whom he has been working as Raúl Pérez Ureta, photography director and Eric Grass, art director, who helped him create the atmosphere of a film that he has been dreaming about for some time.
At the same time the director has taken the logic of production that younger filmmakers use in Cuba, as this is his first independent production, which involves changes in the new ways to address the creative process. One of these challenges is the editing stage that is the film in which is directed by Julia Yip, and which will be done completely on a laptop.
This shows that, despite being one of the leading figures of Cuban cinema, Fernando is always willing to learn new experiences that enrich his narrative, the way he tells a story.
The most important of all is that he confessed, without fear of looking silly or naive, that he feels in every new work the same creative anxiety, jumping into a void, full of risks and illuminations.
"The arrow is flying in search of the target and now the important thing is its flight: follow your course based on intuitions, searches and fundamentally emotion," he said.