Calendar: On the Horizon Film Series: The Swimming Pool (La Piscina) and The Swimmers (Los Bañistas)

Event Description

Enjoy Carlos Machado Quintela's debut feature film, The Swimming Pool (La Piscina) and Carlos Lechuga's short film The Swimmers (Los Bañistas), presented in conjunction with On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez CollectionJaie Laplante, Miami Film Festival's Executive Director & Director of Programming, will introduce the films.

The film follows the day of four differently-abled teenagers at a Havana swimming pool, where the boundaries of the swimming pool wash away into the endless horizon. The aimless day stretches on forever, and unspoken tension builds in the restless adolescents.

The Swimming Pool (La piscina) (2012, Cuba/Spain/Venezuela)
Directed by Carlos Machado Quintela (b. 1984)
65 min.

At a Havana swimming pool, an instructor allows his gaze to glide across the surface of the water to the specter of the horizon beyond. He is supervising four differently-abled teenagers on their summer break – Diana, who has lost one of her legs; Oscar, who no longer speaks; Dani, who has Down Syndrome; and Rodrigo, who has a walking impediment. The aimless day stretches on forever, and unspoken tension builds in the restless adolescents.

In Carlos Machado Quintela's debut feature film, which held its North American premiere at the 2013 Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival, a minimalist aesthetic and extraordinary control of frame and composition question traditional patterns of cinematic syntax. The boundaries of the swimming pool wash away into the endless horizon, which is at once loaded and fallow; the scarcity of dialogue or spoken communication simultaneously suggests scar, respite, and threat. – Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming, Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival.

The Swimmers (Los Bañistas) (2010, Cuba)
Directed by Carlos Lechuga (b. 1983)
14 min.

In a small town near Havana, a swimming instructor shows up to the final practice before an important tournament for his young and eager pupils. Soon enough he finds out the pool is empty due to a broken water pump, with meagre chances of getting fixed.

With a candid style, empathetic view and sharp sense of humor, The Swimmers delivers an unforgettable story of resilience.

Jaie Laplante – Executive Director & Director of Programming Miami Film Festival

Jaie Laplante is an internationally recognized leader and influencer in film culture. Since the fall of 2010, Laplante has directed Miami Film Festival and significantly reshaped the personality of the Festival's program, deepening the Festival's commitment as a primary portal into the United States for established and emerging Iberoamerican filmmakers and providing catalyst on US distribution sales and renewed industry interest in the event. He has successfully strengthened the Festival's commitment as a strong platform for Miami and Florida filmmakers creating work of international caliber, produced tributes to Oscar-winners Susanne Bier and Fernando Trueba, and  premiered more than 500 films to Miami audiences, including the award-winning hits Wild Tales, Conducta, Theeb, Deep City: Birth of the Miami Sound, Metegol, Brazilian Western, Reality, Juan of the Dead, Porfirio, Madrid 1987, Un cuento chino, Chico & Rita, Cafe de Flore, and Incendies. Laplante has juried at film festivals and on film panels in Santiago de Chile; San Jose, Costa Rica; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and at Cleveland International Film Festival.  He was appointed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez to the Miami-Dade County Film & Entertainment Advisory Board in 2013.

Twitter handle: @jaieinmiami