In a whisper / A media voz

In a whisper / A media voz

HD DCP Dolby 5.1 / 80 min / Feature film / Spanish & French / Spain – France – Switzerland- Cuba  2019

Best Feature Film IDFA 2019

An intimate and revealing autoethnographic documentary about uprootedness, motherhood, love of film, friendship and freedom. Two filmmakers who have been best friends since childhood, both part of the Cuban diaspora, share their intimate and emotional journey while they try to find themselves and each other in a foreign land.


Dos cineastas y amigas de infancia enfrentan los desafíos del desarraigo mientras intentan reconstruir sus vidas lejos de Cuba. Un emocionante documental auto-etnográfico sobre la nostalgia, la amistad, las raíces y el exilio, que refleja el desasosiego de toda una generación.


Childhood friends Patricia and Heidi grew up in Cuba, where they both went to the film academy. As children of the 1970s, they were brought up with the communist ideals of Che Guevara, but the promised bright future failed to materialize. Independently of each other, they fled the malaise and censorship of their homeland. Heidi ended up in Switzerland, Patricia in Spain. They had no contact for years.

Now both 40, they seek a way to approach each other again, choosing the medium that suits them best: video letters. Both have continued to film their lives, even though it seemed unlikely that they would ever work in film again. In their frank audiovisual communication, the two migrants recount all the roundabout routes they have taken in their lives: Patricia’s years selling mojitos, Heidi’s search for work and connection with society in Geneva, and the struggle with alienation and nostalgia for a country that no longer exists.

The result of the letters, ingeniously edited into a chronological yet freewheeling whole, is a sensitive, two-sided account of uprootedness, motherhood, love of film, friendship and freedom.



Best Feature Film IDFA 2019 – World Premiere (Official competition)




Directed by
Heidi Hassan & Patricia Pérez Fernández

Produced by
Daniel Froiz

Heidi Hassan & Patricia Pérez Fernández

Heidi Hassan & Patricia Pérez Fernández

Diana Toucedo

Sound design
Sergio Fernández Borrás

Original music
Olivier Militon Patricia Cadaveira

Poster Design
)HV( Publicidad

Production companies
Daniel Froiz / Matriuska Producciones (Spain)
Delphine Schmit / Perspective Films (France)
Claudia Calviño / Producciones de la 5ta Avenida (Cuba)
Pierre-André Thiébaud / PCT cinéma télévision (Switzerland)

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