Every evening the inhabitants of Havana gather in front of their television sets to dive into the world of Telenovelas. These days it seems as though ancient Soviet devices can no longer fulfill their wish to escape reality. "Havana, mi amor" tells of their struggle in contrast to those soap opera images. A film about the real Cuba, an homage to love, old television sets, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Uli Gaulke was born in 1968 and studied at the "Konrad Wolf" Academy of Film & Television in Babelsberg. His first film, SOMEWHERE IN GERMANY (short, 1996) was followed in the same year by the documentary YELLOW LAND - GREEN LAND. In 1997, his documentary QUIÉN ES EL ÚLTIMO - WHO IS LAST IN LINE toured the world's festivals, winning numerous awards. His other films include: NO ONE LAUGHS BACKWARDS (NIEMAND LACHT RÜCKWÄRTS, short, 1998), MR. KUEHN AND HIS ART (HERR KUEHN UND DIE KUNST, documentary, 1998), HEINZ MEWIUS (documentary, 1999), HAVANNA, MI AMOR which won a German Film Award in 2001 for Best Documentary, GLADIS (2003; in co-direction with Jeanette Eggert), and AS TIME GOES BY IN SHANGHAI (doc, 2013).
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