Casa Blanca


Casa Blanca is a small fishing village on the Gulf of Havana. Nelsa (76) and her son Vladimir (37), who has Down syndrome, share a tiny room in an overcrowded multi-family building. Vladimir is the only caretaker for ailing Nelsa, and Nelsa is the only person to watch over Vladimir, who easily gets into trouble. Their relationship is filled with conflicts: she is trying to control her son, while he prefers to help fishermen at work, have fun and drink rum with them, rather than spend time with his mother. Every day Nelsa wanders the streets of Casa Blanca in search of her only child not returning home early. One day, she falls ill.

GENRE: documentary
YEAR: 2015
DIRECTING: Aleksandra Maciuszek
SCRIPT: Aleksandra Maciuszek
DOP: Javier Labrador Deulofeu
EDITOR: Lorenzo Mora Salazar
COPRODUCTION: Telewizja Polska SA, Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich, Nomadas Y Compania, Aleksandra Maciuszek
Film co-financed by Polish Film Institute


Directed by: Aleksandra Maciuszek
Director assistant: Ruben Cruzes
Written by: Aleksandra Maciuszek
Script collaboration: Raymel Casamayor Bello, Javier Labrador Deulofeu, Lorenzo Mora Salazar
DOP: Javier Labrador Deulofeu
Light: Vladimir Joaquin Perez Pia, Digital Intermediate, Terminal, Joakim Ziegler
Color correction: Oyvind Stiauren
Conforming: Edith Sanchez Salgado
Sound: Raymel Casamayor Bello
Sound design: Santiago de la Paz Nicolau, Raymi Morales Bres, Glenda Martinez Cabrera
Sound postproduction: MCO Studios
Synchronous effects: Aldo Arechar
Edited by: Lorenzo Mora Salazar
Editor assistant: Javier Coello
Artistic supervision: Paweł Łoziński
Editorial: Barbara Paciorkowska, Marta Dużbabel
Visiual effects: Raul Luna
Subtitles: Joakim Ziegler
Translation: Daniel Cruzes
Catering: Haydee Machado Alayon
Head of production: Kenia Salas Laborde, Anna Gawlita
Head of productiona assistant: Indira Magaz Zulueta
Production coordination: Lloret Girones
Producer: Anna Gawlita
Coproducer: Santiago de la Paz Nicolau, Lucia Diaz Alvarez, Alejandro Quintero, Witold Będkowski, Aleksandra Maciuszek
Production: Kijora
Coproduction: Nomadas, Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich, Studio Munka, Telewizja Polska
Co financed: Polish Film Institute


ALEKSANDRA MACIUSZEK – born in Krakow, graduate of Cultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University and documentary film directing in the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión de San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. Before her studies she worked in NGOs and cultural institutions in Poland, Spain and Mexico. Her thesis film “Escenas Previas” / “Previous Scenes” (2012) won multiple awards at international film festivals. “Casa Blanca” is her debut feature documentary.


Visions du Reel International Film Festival 2015, Switzerland, 2015 (competition)
55th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2015 (Award for best medium-length film in International Competition, Grand Prix in National Competition)
IDFF “Flahertiana”, Russia, 2015 (screening)
25th Message to Man International FF, Russia, 2015 (screening)
Ceau, Cinema! Film Festival, Romania, 2015 (competition)
Trinidad+Tobago FF, 2015 (Amnesty International Human Rights Prize, Best Documentary Feature)
Balinale – IFF, Indonesia, 2015 (competition)
10th DocsDF, Mexico, 2015 (competition)
Minsk IFF “Listapad”, Belarus, 2015 (competition)
Gold Panda Awards, China, 2015 (competition)
“Cinema Verite” Iran International Documentary FF, Iran, 2015 (competition)
37 International Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Cuba (Premio Coral)
‘Punto de Vista’ International Documentary FF, Spain (Premio Especial del Público a la Mejor Película, Premio de la Juventud a la Mejor Película)
Festival Ojoloco sur le Cinema Iberique et Lation-Americain de Grenoble, France (competition)
International Women’s Films Festival Creteil, France (competition)
Docudays UA, Ukraine (competition)
TRT Documentary Awards, Turkey (Best documentary)
Festival de Cine de Ceará (Premio Olhar Universitario)
EDOC, Ecuador, 2016 (competition)
Documentarist, Turkey, 2016 (competition)
Women Make Waves Film Festiwal, Taiwan, 2016 (competition)
Margaret Mead Film Festival, USA, 2016 (Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award)
CinéDOC-Tbilisi, Georgia, 2016 (competition)
Szczecin European Film Festival, Poland, 2016 (Award for best film that tests boundaries of documentary film)
FrontDoc, Italy, 2016 (Young Jury Price for Best Feature Length Documentary)