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Tagesspiegel 5.2.2014:  "Ein Hauch von Vergeblichkeit durchweht auch den Kurzspielfilm „El carro azul“ von Regisseurin Valerie Heine, die zwei ungleiche Brüder auf Kuba zeigt. Die sitzen im sozialistischen Verfall – der eine ist behindert, der andere hat Sex mit Transvestiten – und warten auf das titelgebende blaue Auto. In die Ferne schweifen heißt eben nicht automatisch, das Glück zu finden."

El carro azul featured in La Montagne Centre France/ Clermont-Ferrand

German director Valerie Heine brings us a new point of view on the island. Enough of tropical rhythms, bearded revolutionaries, smoking Cohibas and fat Americans. German director Valerie Heine shows us Cuba from a new point of view. A Cuba so real that it's never shown. No more stereotypes. Valerie Heine tells an original story at the end of her six-month study trip to Cuba (after two years spent in San Francisco), a story inspired by reality: "I met someone with Down syndrome who was very much affected by the loss of his grandmother. He was going through a terrible time." This person inspired the character of Marcos, someone with Down syndrome, whose brother Hansel is returning from San Francisco to take care of him. But Hansel is also different. He is gay, and engages in paid relations with prostitutes, "who are very numerous in Cuba. Homosexuality is as much a reality there as it is over here, and otherwise the subject isn't taboo." All in all, Valerie Heine treats us to an offbeat, sensitive, refreshing view on the island. An unexpected story that is very fair. A must see.