Festival de cine INSTAR

In competition


Tommaso Santambrogio




Driving around the streets of Havana, Lav Diaz – the famous Filipino director – and Gustavo Fleita - a talkative Cuban taxi driver – find themselves discussing politics, migration, social conditions and love; touching on many personal stories and experiences, they create an historical portrait of the situations of their own countries.

Director: Tommaso Santambrogio

Year of production: 2023

Countries: Cuba, Italy

Running Time: 50’


Friday December 8

17:00h (GMT+1)

Maison de l’Amérique Latine

217 Bd Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris, France

Friday December 8

10:00h (GMT-6)

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Calle Dr Mora 7, Colonia Centro, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06050 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

December 10

10:00h (GMT-6)

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Calle Dr Mora 7, Colonia Centro, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06050 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Production: Ivan Casagrande Conti, Marco Malfi Chindemi, Tommaso Santambrogio

Genre: Hybrid

Languages: Spanish, English

Production Companies: Rosso Film, Chiotto Film

Photography: Lorenzo Casadio Vannucci, Tommaso Santambrogio


Screenplay: Tommaso Santambrogio

Editing: Matteo Faccenda

Sound Design: Tommaso Barbaro

Cast: Lav Díaz, Gustavo Fleita, Mario Limonta, Mayra Mazorra, Armando Omar Pérez Pedroso

Festival Selections: Visions du Réel, Filmadrid (Special Mention of the Young Jury), ​MDOC – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival (Jean-Loup Passek Award for Best International Short or Medium Length Film), Telluride Film Festival​, ​Mediterranean Film Festival,  Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival.

Director's bio:

Tommaso Santambrogio (Italy, 1992) is a film director and screenwriter from Milan. 
He lived and studied in Milan, Paris, Rome and Havana, where he attended the EICTV. He also studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and at the Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti. He worked with several internationally renowned artists, such as Werner Herzog and Lav Diaz, with whom he directed in the Amazon, Cuba, and the Philippines, respectively. 
His latest short films, "The Last Scene" and "The Oceans Are The Real Continents", were presented at multiple international festivals and won several awards (Havana, Palm Springs, Toronto, Sydney, Cork, Barcelona, Split, etc.). Both short films were presented as world premieres at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival.
 His first feature film, also titled "The Oceans Are The Real Continents", premiered as the opening film at the Giornate degli Autori in Venice in 2023.




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