Aullido, 2009

Screenplay: Guillermo Cabrera Infante.
Runtime: 16’

In El Aullido (The Howl), Guillermo Cabrera Infante evokes a scene from his own town of Gibara in the Cuban province Oriente where he was born in 1929 and which he abandoned at the age of 12, along with his family, to move to La Habana. There is no other light in El Aullido other than the cold blazing moonlight and its shadows, no sound other than the howling that travels through the nocturnal film of desolate images in which we perceive a mosaic of scenes in a surprising premonition of being cast adrift and a tragic destiny upon a darkened sea. In El Aullido, the viewer is told by an old domino player of a legend, which appears written in several inserts like short dialogues on the screen: “When a dog howled late on a moonlit night, it was because it could see something, and if someone approached it, and captured the two tears hanging from its eyes, and placed them in his or her own eyes, they would see what the dog saw, but would not live to tell.” In El Aullido, the desire to see another light, despite the risk of losing one’s life, is fulfilled, inviting the eyes of the spectator to visualize one last brilliant swaying scene.