The gripping, suspenseful feature IS THAT YOU? (¿ERES TÚ, PAPÁ?), the debut film from award-winning filmmaker Rudy Riverón Sánchez and the first psychological horror film made in Cuba? Opening in Los Angeles on August 2 at the Laemmle Music Hall and on DVD & VOD August 13. World Premiere at the Oldenburg International Film Festival in Germany—where its protagonist Gabriela Ramos won the Seymour Cassel Award for Outstanding Performance, and has played at numerous international film festivals including Miami (MIFF), the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea, the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, and the Richmond International Film Festival, where it was awarded the IFF Grand Jury Award for Best Feature Film and the Rising Star Award for lead actress Ramos.
Synopsis: Living in a modest shack in the Cuban countryside, thirteen-year-old Lili and her mother appear trapped in a meagre, suffocating existence by her domineering father, Eduardo. His sudden absence should represent a new freedom for the girl and her mother, but Lili is distraught, and we come to discover just how strong the influence of this monstrous man is over his family. In desperation at losing Eduardo, Lili carries out a ritual taught to her by a spiritualist to help bring him back, leading Lili to uncover a disturbing truth about her father’s disappearance.
GABRIELA RAMOS (LILI): Despite her young age, Gabriela has already made a name for herself, receiving the best supporting actress award at the 2017 Malaga Film Festival for her performance in Fernando Perez’s ‘Últimos días en La Habana’. Her first film was ‘El viajero inmóvil’. Other credits include the film ‘Larga Distancia’, ‘Corazón Azul’ and the TV series ‘Zoo’.
ESLINDA NUÑEZ (CARIDAD): Eslindais an icon in Cuba, having worked in the film industry since the early 1960s. She has starred in some of the most famous films to come out of Cuba, including ‘Lucia’ and ‘Memories of Underdevelopment’. More recently, she starred in ‘Juan of the Dead’ and ‘Esther en alguna parte’.
LYNN CRUZ (ALINA): Lynn received critical acclaim for her performance in the film ‘Larga Distancia’. Other film credits include ‘Nadie’, ‘La Pared’, and ‘Corazón Azul’.
OSVALDO DOIMEADIÓS (EDUARDO): Osvaldo is one of the best actors in Cuba and has had major roles in numerous films including ‘Y sin embargo’, ‘Semper Fidel’, and ‘Contigo pan y cebolla’. Other credits include the internationally successful film ‘Havana Blues’, ‘El elefante y la bicicleta’, ‘Think of Me’, ‘Amor vertical’, ‘Operación Fangio’, ‘Personal Belongings’, and ‘Lisanka’.
JORGE ENRIQUE CABALLERO (CARLOS): Jorge has ten years experience as an actor and has had roles in numerous films including ‘Bailando con Margot’, ‘Hormigas en la boca’, ‘Larga Distancia’, and ‘7 Days in Havana’
Director | RUDY RIVERÓN SÁNCHEZ
Rudy Riverón Sánchez is an award-winning Cuban director. He holds an MA from the Northern Film School in the UK. His first short film, Beyond Reach, was nominated for the 2009 Royal Television Society Student Award for the Yorkshire Region. He wrote and directed his first feature film, Is That You? (2019).