El árbol de las fresas

El árbol de las fresas / The Strawberry Tree

A film by Simone Rapisarda Casanova


2011, Canada/Cuba, Documentary, 71 min.



Sunday, Oct. 28, 4 PM.

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757. Tel: (512) 476-1320. [Map]

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Followed by a Q&A session with director Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Presented as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series at the Alamo Drafthouse



“a refined artistry [...] hard to capture in words” -Mark Peranson, CINEMASCOPE

“slyly masterful” -Peter Goddard, THE TORONTO STAR

“utterly tantric” -Ciara Lavelle, MIAMI NEW TIMES






Filmed in the remote fishing village of Juan Antonio, Cuba, just before it disappeared at the hands of a hurricane, El árbol de las fresas is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie. The villagers' ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, render a sensitive portrait of a unique culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking and on humanity on the edge of time. El árbol de las fresas won Honorable Mention in the Knight Documentary Competition at the Miami International Film Festival.





Simone Rapisarda Casanova was born in rural Sicily and inherited his first camera as a child when his father died in a car accident. He was raised by a mother that taught him how to read using Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees, and as a result, he hopes one day to live in the trees. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.



The Strawberry Tree

Canada/Cuba, Documentary, 2011
71 min, HDV, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Producer: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Production Companies: Ibidem Films
Screenwriter: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Cinematographer: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Editor: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Sound Design: Simone Rapisarda Casanova

An Ibidem Films Release


El arbol de las fresas