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Dos Islas Adriana F. Castellanos

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Elvira is 102 years old and wonderfully radiant and elegant. And yet her life has been punctuated by suffering. Her Spanish parents brought her to Cuba as a child, and she has never been back to her native El Hierro, in the Canary Islands. But, she says, she needs only step over a bowl of water to cross the Atlantic. Her granddaughter, filmmaker Adriana F. Castellanos, tries to reconstruct the old woman’s memories, down to the shadowy parts of her painful and complex life. Through tender and painful conversations with Elvira in Cuba and a visit to El Hierro, Castellanos fills in the details of the wrenching story of her most unforgettable grandmother.

Dos Islas

  • Country : Poland, Spain
  • Year : 2017
  • V.O : Spanish
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 40 MIN
  • Cinematography : Jordi Abusada, Lucia C. Pan
  • Editing : Adriana F. Castellanos, Pilar Monsell
  • Production : Zuzanna Król, Irene M. Borego, Adam Slesicki
  • Sound Design : Dariusz Wancerz
Filmography of Adriana F. Castellanos :

El pez de la torre nada en el asfalto (2007)
Esperando entodavía (2008)

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