FIRST FEATURE AUDIENCE AWARD
92 minutes, Color
A compassionate and candid woman with an endless curiosity for life, Celeste is a retired and widowed teacher living a tranquil, unadventurous existence in Havana. One day, the government announces the surprising news that aliens have been living on Earth and that these unusual guests are now returning the favor by inviting humans to their world. Celeste had always thought that her "Russian" neighbor, Pauline, was eccentric, and now she realizes her friend is truly from another planet. When people rush to put their names forward to be selected in an extraterrestrial lottery, Celeste discovers that Pauline has left her a personal invitation. To everyone's surprise, she agrees to accept. Thus begins the hilarious, tongue-in-cheek feature debut by Cuban filmmaker Arturo Infante. The film playfully reflects on contemporary Cuban society while it follows Celeste as she prepares for her intergalactic trip. —Toronto International Film Festival
In Spanish with English subtitles
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