Exclusive Borscht Premiere: "Waiting For Berta"

Dec 16, 2014

Magali Biox, lead actress in "Waiting for Berta" by Laimir Fano.
Credit Borscht Film Festival / Courtesy

If your feet still haven't recovered from all that walking during Art Basel and Miami Art Week, we have the perfect suggestion for you: sit down, relax and enjoy a film.

And you don't even need to wait until the Borscht Film Festival kicks off on Dec. 17 to do that. For the first time at WLRN, we're premiering a movie right here on our website.

It's one of the featured films that will be screened during the festival, an event started in 2004 by New World School of the Arts students to showcase regional filmmakers.

Our WLRN feature presentation in conjunction with Borscht is "Waiting for Berta." Look below to watch it right here.

Here's a summary provided by the festival:

The film is about two Miami women in their 80s who rekindle a blood feud that dates back 50 years, and 90 miles, to the Cuban Revolution. Now Adela seeks retribution for the terrible things that Berta did to her when she was in the revolutionary army. The grudge is both deeply personal and political. But even if it is satisfied, will the women ever achieve existential peace?
This is the first film made in the U.S. by Laimir Fano, a Cuban filmmaker who defected to the States after winning a prize at Tribeca.

We interviewed producer Jonathan Kane. Below, read and hear an excerpt of our interview with him.

On the set of "Waiting For Berta."
Credit Laimir Fano

It’s the ninth edition of the festival which almost answers this question before it’s  asked: Are there enough stories to be told about our area to support a film festival?

It’s just exciting that we have these Miami stories that we don’t know anybody else would understand or even want to see.  Now, they are going around the state, and, in some cases, the country.

How did you get into this field?

I grew up around cameras – my father was a videographer. And when I was in high school, I just made sure to hang around any real film set I could find. I did whatever they’d let me do. And over time, I actually got paid.

What drives a person to put time and effort into making a film – never even knowing if it will be seen?

I have this theory the filmmakers are all insomniacs and we produce movies so we can have dreams.