In a Whisper

Direction : Heidi Hassan & Patricia PerezProduction : Matriuska (Spa), Perspective Films (Fr)2019
The dialogue of this self-ethnographic documentary revolves around the audiovisual correspondence between two filmmakers and Cuban emigrants. Two childhood friends entering their 40s who, facing the challenges of emigration, try to rebuild their lives far away from Cuba. An intimate and revealing film about friendship and exile.

Producciones de la 5ta Avenida (Cuba), PCT Cinema-Television SA

International Sales

Habanero Film Sales




Original Soundtrack

OST on platforms

CompositionOlivier MilitonExecutive Music Production

Produced and recorded with the SACEM support. Special Thanks to Aubagne International Film Festival for the European Market of Film Composition.


Leïla Olivesi – Piano
Manu Codjia – Guitars
Damian Nueva – Electric bass
Patricia Cadaveira – Saxophone
Marcel Pascual Royo – Percussions
Olivier Militon – additional Piano, Programming

Recording Engineer

Loris Bernot

Music Mix

Loris Bernot at Backyard Studios – Paris

Music Publishing

Cezame Music Agency


/ Awards

Best Direction

Festival de Malaga (Spa)

Special Jury Mention

Athens International Film Festival (Gre)

Winner Grand prix du Jury

Cinémartinique Festival (Fra)

Best Feature

Festival internacional de cine de Cali (Col)

Best iberico-american Feature

Cineceara. Festival ibero-americano de cinema (Bra)

Best Editing

Cineceara. Festival ibero-americano de cinema (Bra)

Best Feature-length Film

IDFA Amsterdam (Nl)

Best Feature Documentary

Havana Film Festival (Cb)

/ Selections


Documentamadrid (Spa)
Athens International Film Festival (Gr)
PlayDoc Festival, Tui (Spa)
Vilnius Documentary Film Festival (Lit)
OUFF – Festival de Cine internacional de Ourense (Esp)
Festival de Biarritz Amérique Latine (Fra)
Human Rights FF – Berlin (Ger)
Moscow International Film Festival (Rus)
aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival (Can)
Zagrebdox International Documentary FF (Cro)
BIFF – Bergen international FF (Nor)
Festival Internacional de Cine (Cos)
Women make Waves (Tai)
Cinémartinique Festival (Fra)
Equis – Festival de Cine Feminista (Ecu)
L’Alternativa – Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona (Spa)
FICG – Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (Mex)
UEFF – Umeå European Film Festival (Swi)
Memorimage (Spa)
Films from the South Festival (Nor)
CineCeará – Festival Ibero-Americano de Cinema (Bra)
22nd Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival Tel Aviv (Isr)
8th CinéDOC – Tbilisi (Geo)
Tempo Documentary Festival Stockholm (Swe)
Miami Film Festival (US)
Zagreb Box
Costa Rica International Festival de cine
Cinélatino Toulouse (Fr)
Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mex)
IFF Panama
Göteborg Film Festival (Su)


Work in progress – Doc Lisboa (Pt)
Work in progress – Documentamadrid (sp)


“Among the 20 best films of 2019”
“A refreshing expression of womanhood; an ode to loss; a celebration of friendship, will, and vulnerability; a reclaiming of hope and passion; and a piercingly honest cinematic dialogue are all embodied in this magical, original, and risk-taking cinematic endeavor. “
IDFA Awards
“a touching story about friendship, affection, homesickness and the characters’ lifelong love of filmmaking.”

Link to the Press Reviews

VarietyFilm Review: ‘In a Whisper’