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20 January 1995 (USA) See more »
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This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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it is a friendship between two different men in spite of their sexuality difference. Around 1979 Cuban governments's oppressions toward homosexuals. See more (27 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jorge Perugorría ... Diego
Vladimir Cruz ... David
Mirta Ibarra ... Nancy

Francisco Gattorno ... Miguel
Joel Angelino ... German
Marilyn Solaya ... Vivian
Andrés Cortina ... Santero
Antonio Carmona ... Groom
Ricardo Ávila ... Taxi Driver (as Ricardo Avila)
María Elena del Toro ... Passenger 1
Zolanda Oña ... Passenger 2
Diana Iris del Puerto ... Neighbor

Directed by
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea 
Juan Carlos Tabío 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea  collaboration (as T.G. Alea)
Senel Paz  screenplay
Senel Paz  story "The Wolf, The Forest and the New Man"

Produced by
Georgina Balzaretti .... executive producer
Frank Cabrera .... executive producer
Nacho Cobo .... associate producer
Javier Gonzáles .... line producer
Juan Muñoz .... associate producer
Luis R. Urra .... assistant producer (as Luis Urra)
Camilo Vives .... executive producer
Original Music by
José María Vitier 
Cinematography by
Mario García Joya (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Osvaldo Donatién  (as Osvaldo Donatien)
Rolando Martínez 
Miriam Talavera 
Production Design by
Fernando Pérez O'Reilly 
Costume Design by
Miriam Dueñas 
Makeup Department
María Elena del Toro .... makeup artist
Graciela Grossas .... makeup artist
Production Management
Miguel Mendoza .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mayra Segura .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Germinal Hernández .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Humberto Figueroa .... chief lighting technician
Mario García Joya .... camera operator
Ernesto Granados .... camera operator
Claudio Hernandez .... lighting technician (as Claudio Hernández)
Emilio Hernández .... lighting technician
Pedro Martínez .... electrician
Rolando Martínez .... key grip
Carlos Miranda .... electrical equipment operator
Daniel Núñez Pérez .... electrician (as Daniel Pérez)
Pedro Ramírez .... grip (as Pedro L. Ramírez)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roberto González .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Pilar López .... assistant editor
Greg Spence .... post-production executive
Music Department
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Redford .... presenter
Antón Arrufat .... thanks
Natalia Bolívar .... thanks
Lazaro Gómez .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fresa y chocolate" - Cuba (original title)
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Rated R for brief strong sexuality, and for language
108 min
Black and White (archive footage: news broadcasts) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Cuban's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 67th Academy Awards. As of 2014, it remains the only Cuban film to be nominated for an Oscar.See more »
Anachronisms: The blue Cadillac seen at the end of the film was not made until the 1987 model year.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Waiting List (2000)See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
it is a friendship between two different men in spite of their sexuality difference. Around 1979 Cuban governments's oppressions toward homosexuals., 15 December 2005
Author: steuern from United States

Fresa y chocolate

I liked to watch Fresa y Chocolate; this is first Cuban movie I've seen. Fresa y Chocolate is a product of two directors, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío in 1993. Fresa y Chocolate was nominated in 1995 the best foreign film. During the production of this film the director Alea had cancer and for this reason Tabío had to help him to complete the movie. Later 1996 Alea die. This movie expresses the oppression of Cuban government toward the homosexual and the conflict also the friendship within two different men.

Around 1997 in Cuba,Diego (Jorge Perugorria ) the main character is a cultured gay and David (Vldimir Cruz) a young revolutionary college student. He is a naive and dogmatic. The story begins at a cheap hotel room where David and his sweetheart, Vivian tried to have first intimate experience together but ended up angry at each other, later Vivian marries to a much older man who is in the government office position. David, the wedding day feeling low come to an Ice cream shop near by school and over there David and Diego meet. At the begging, it was Diego's attempt to allure David but soon it change and in spite of their sexuality, these two different men establish a true friendship. Most of story take a place at Diego's apartment where full of things (art work, forbidden books, pictures...) for David's eye. It is a new and different world for David, a dogmatic and in a way an ignorant. Diego tells David about his anguish and problem toward the government. For him being homosexual hinder his work in Cuba and also his well being, too.

However, David learns much about art and literature from Diego and moreover, he learn how to enjoy and savor life. The message of this movie is tolerance. No matter what is one's sexuality people have genuine heart. They have hope, dreams, and frustration that life brings us.

I think this movie is worth to watch because Fresa y Chocolate gave me a chance to give a glance to Cuba, the country that I don't know yet. To me watching a good film lessens a tension of life.

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