Gonella Productions

Gonella Productions



LANGUAGES: English, Spanish | SUBTITLES: English, Spanish

The middle-aged students of a private English school in Havana have very diverse aspirations, but all want to learn English in order to be prepared for a future of normalized relations between Cuba and The United States. During the English classes we hear about their dreams within the new Cuba that is starting appear on the uncertain horizon.

Production Company: La Nave producciones
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

Director: Sheyla Pool
Screenwriter: Sheyla Pool
Producer: Zoe Miranda, Sheyla Pool
Director of Photography: Zoe Miranda, Sheyla Pool
Production Designer: Sheyla Pool, Zoe Miranda
Sound: Michel Caballero
Editing: Sheyla Pool, Javier Coello
Sound Editing: Sheyla Pool

Genre: Documentary
Production language: Spanish / English
Country of origin: Cuba
Year of production: 2016
Total running time: 15:29 min
Production format: Full HD
Color type: color
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Sound format: ST

Best Documentary Short (Boston Latino International Film Festival, BLIFF, 2017)

1. International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). International Premiere. (2016)
2. Sundance Film Festival (2017)
3. Miami Film Festival (2017)
4. Festival de Nuevos Realizadores (Cuba, 2017)
5. Sheffield Doc Fest (2017)
6. Sydney Film Fest (2017)
7. Sao Paulo International Short Film Fest. Kinoforum. (2017)
8. Belo Horizonte International Short Film Fest (2017)
9. DocMx (2017)
10. Boston Latino International Film Festival (2017)
11. Chicago Latino Film Festival
12. London Short Film Festival (2018)
13. Other Shorts, Their Shorts (2018)

She has graduated of Hispanic Philology at the University of Havana, having completed several
workshops screenplay. In 2005, she has graduated from the specialty of Sound at the International
School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). She has won awards
such as the Coral for Best Sound at Festival de Cine de La Habana (Havana, 2016). She has
alternated sound works with filmmaking and writing. She acted as Script Doctor of the award-
winning feature film “Esteban”. She has directed the documentary short "Great Muy Bien" as part
of de Sundance series Made in Cuba. "Great Muy Bien" has been in several festival (IDFA,
Sundance, Miami Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, etc) and won Best
Documentary Short award at Boston Latino International Film Festival. She has finished her short
fiction film "Fragile" and it has its World Premiere at 29 Sao Paulo International Short Film
Festival. “Fragile” was one of the five finalist at HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award (Miami Film
Festival, 2019) and was selected too in Havana Film Festival. The poster of the short film won the Best Poster at Miami Film Festival. She is working on her next short film “Matrioshka”. Also she is working on the script of her first feature film "Persona de confianza".