In 1991, the USSR is falling apart and Cuba enters its hardest economic crisis. Sergio, a professor of Marxism who can't provide for his family, and Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut stranded in the Mir space station, share a common passion: amateur radio. Through this hobby, both men will be able to help each other in facing the dramatic changes of their countries.Written by
Was announced to be the official submission of Cuba for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019, but this selection was not included into the official final list of submissions by the Academy. See more »
Attractive dramedy with emotion , fantasy and nice special effects , being based on real events
A Russian Cosmonaut called Sergei Krikalev (Héctor Noas) is stranded on The Mir Space Station during the fall of the Soviet Union ,1991 , while governs the leader Boris Yelsin . Meanwhile , a Radio-afficionate in Cuba capital , Habana , named Sergio (Tomás Cao) contacts the desperado astronaut , and both of whom share confidences and suffer extreme situation . Having spent some time in Cuba as an allied country to Russia , Sergei "speaks Cuban" and both , Sergio and Sergei find out they have too much in common , living impossible and twisted happenings . By the way , an American former member of Nasa (Ron Perlman) and a colleague (A.J.Buckley) are tangled in the troublesome issue and attempting resolve it in a satisfying way .
Enjoyable dramedy with emotion , sensitive moments , agreeable friendship, family relationship , brief doses of humor and state-of-art FX . The picture realies heavily on friendship between two marginalized men : Sergio and Sergei , both of them sharing his fate in more ways than one , but this one doesn't make boring , but entertaining . This haunting picture also deals with interesting and engaging issues such as : disemployment , economic crisis , politics , bankrupting downfall , Russia collapse , family relationship and anything else . Adding brief drama , hilarious touches of humor , fantastic elements when a Communist spy suddenly flying , and documentary , all these aspects are competently mingled . Héctor Noas as the cosmonaut driving the Mir space station literally left to drift in space , gives a decent interpretation , as well as Tomás Cao playing the good amateur radio operator who contacts him . And special mention for two guest American stars : A.J. Buckley of CSI NY and Ron Perlman also producer .
It had a great success at Miami Film Festival and at International Film Festival of Panama (IFF Panama) 2018 . Achieving numerous Awards and Nominations, such as : Winner IFF Panama Best Film of Central America and the Caribbean
to Ernesto Daranas . José María Forqué Awards 2019 Nominee : Best Latin American Picture to Ernesto Daranas. Miami Film Festival 2018 Nominee
Knight Competition Grand Jury Prize Best Film : Ernesto Daranas . Mill Valley Film Festival 2018 Winner Audience Award ¡Viva el Cine! to Ernesto Daranas. Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2018 Winner Award Ernesto Daranas . Premios ACE 2019 and Winner Premio ACE Cinema . Being announced to be the official submission of Cuba for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019 , but this selection was not included into the official final list of submissions by the Academy . This "Sergio & Sergei" had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
This is a Cuban/Spanish co-production , financed by great producers as Gabriel Beristain , Jaime Roures and Eva Garrido who produced a lot of successes , such as : A perfect day , Nidnight in Paris , Vicky Cristina Barcelona , Carnage , Endless Night , La torre de Suso , Salvador , Chef's Special and many others . It packs a colorful and evocative cinematography by Alejandro Menendez . This enchanting motion picture was well directed by Ernesto Daranas Serrano. Ernesto is a multi-awarded Cuban filmmaker. His three feature films have won hundreds of international awards and they have been Cuba's official submissions to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. His documentary "Los últimos gaiteros de La Habana" won the King of Spain Award. "Bluechacha" was nominated to a Latin Grammy , "Conducta" was nominated to the Goya Awards for Best Latin American Film and this ¨Sergio and Serge¨ is considered to be his best film .
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