Brazilian director Fabio Meira revealed that a Cuban experience influenced him to write the script for his first full-length feature, Las dos Irenes.
Meira revealed that a 'how to tell a story' workshop given by late Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist Gabriel García Márquez, in Cuba, was the impetus for his debut.
Meira studied at the International School of Film and Television, EICTV, located in the western province of Artemisa, Cuba where he participated in the workshop that would inspire the semi-autobiographical work.
Las dos Irenes is loosely based on one of his grandparents' experience.
The film documents the story of a 14-year-old girl who learned that her father has a second family with a same-aged daughter who shares her name. The teen then undertakes a journey to meet her namesake.
The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, and copped the Opera Prima and Photography awards at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.
According to a press conference, Miera sought to display a long-known but lesser-exposed characteristics of patriarchal societies.
Las dos Irenes is currently being showcased at the recently launched 39th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, which runs from Dec. 8 through 17 in Cuba.
Screenings of 19 feature films, 18 premiers, 23 documentaries, 18 short- and medium-length films, 16 animated films, 20 unpublished scripts and 24 posters are scheduled to compete for Coral Prizes.