Between Dog and Wolf (Entre perro y lobo)

Amongst the climate of change in today’s Cuba, three forgotten veterans of the Angolan War are reluctant to abandon the revolutionary spirit which brought them together as comrades. Marching to the top of the mountains, they continue to train, dressed in their old uniforms, just as they did over thirty years ago. Day after day, they take part in this this ritual, as they attempt to return to a time when they felt young, strong and respected. They are the last Samurai of the Cuban Revolution.

  • Irene Gutiérrez
    Director
    Hotel Nueva Isla (2014), Exile Diaries (2019)
  • Irene Gutiérrez, Lisandra López
    Writer
  • José Alayón, Marina Alberti, Viana González, Irene Gutiérrez, Carlos García, Mª Alejandra Mosquera
    Producer
  • Juan Bautista López (aka Estebita)
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Miguel Soto
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Alberto Santana
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • José Alayón
    Cinematography
  • Cristóbal Fernández
    Editing
  • Carlos García
    Sound
  • El Viaje Films
    Production Companies
    White on White, The Hidden City, Dead Slow Ahead
  • Autonauta Films
    Production Companies
  • Blond Indian Films
    Production Companies
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    Docu-Fiction
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 20, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Colombia
  • Country of Filming:
    Cuba
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Color 2K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Berlinale 2020
    Berlin
    Germany
    February 25, 2020
    World Premiere
    Forum
  • Shanghai IFF 2020

    China
  • Bogotá IFF 2020

    Colombia
  • São Paulo IFF 2020

    Brazil
  • La Serena IFF 2020

    Chile
  • CinéMartinique 2020

    France
  • Hainan IFF 2020

    China
  • Gijón IFF 2020

    Spain
    Best Spanish Film · RC SERVICE Award for Best Director
  • Havana Festival of New Latin American Cinema 2020

    Cuba
  • Black Movie FF 2021

    Switzerland
    Critics Award
  • Miradas Doc International Documentary FF 2021

    Spain
    Best National Film Award
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria IFF 2021

    Spain
  • Lincoln Center – Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema 2021

    United States
  • Espanoramas – Muestra de cine español 2021

    Argentina
  • Costa Rica Festival Internacional de Cine 2021

    Costa Rica
  • Third Horizon Film Festival 2021

    United States
Distribution Information
  • Bendita Film Sales
    Sales Agent
    Country: Spain
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Irene Gutiérrez

Irene Gutierrez is a filmmaker from Ceuta, a Spanish city located in Northern Africa. She earned a B.A. in documentary from the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV, Havana, Cuba) before receiving her M.F.A. in fine arts & cinema studies with high honors. She has directed Border Diaries (25’ Spain-Morocco, 2012), Hotel Nueva Isla (70’ Cuba-Spain, 2014), Exile Diaries (43’ Spain, 2019) and Entre Perro y Lobo (75’ Cuba-Spain-Colombia,2020). Her films have received funding from the Tribeca TFI program, the Sundance Institute and the Spanish General Consulate in New York City, among others, and have been screened in more than fifty international film festivals and art venues as the Berlinale, Rotterdam IFFR and MoMA Documentary Fortnight. She is currently a PhD fellow candidate at Carlos III University of Madrid while preparing her third feature film, to be shot on the border between Europe and Morocco.

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Director Statement

The sentence “war is bad” is not new, but the topic “war is bad but is the only thing that make us feel alive” is a strong paradox. The Cuban intervention in Angola’s war was not only decisive in finalizing the longest civil war in Africa, but also in the liberation of Namibia and the abolition of Apartheid. Our protagonists, along with 380.000 Cuban internationalist combatants, spent three years there, bringing the ideals and the military techniques of the Revolution to this African country. Even today in Cuba there is still always a battle to fight, an enemy to struggle against: “Always in combat”, “Motherland or Death", but what do these slogans mean today? What happens now with those men who fought for these ideals when they were younger? Is it possible to cope with the fact that so many difficulties in the past have gone unacknowledged today and the homeland, even history itself, has forgotten these men because they are no longer needed? Maybe that is why, lucid in their feelings of abandonment, Estebita, Miguel and Alberto exile themselves in their daily training, outside of time and space, in a place where every day they feel they are still worthy, acute, strong and, above all, spiritually young. A ritual of brotherhood that keeps them alive.

To capture this borderline condition, I implemented a methodology focused on the use of time as key to revelations: time to research, time to shoot, and the time each shot takes up. Since our main purpose was not to make a film about the subjects, but rather with them, access and time were essential. Once we were immersed in making this jungle movie, the manner in which the men’s training sessions had to be recorded or the cinematic approach that help us to materialize their post-war trauma were questions we worked on together. In this way, performative form between fiction and documentary revealed itself to be the perfect technique to explore this history. The shooting schedule, the physical fatigue and the landscape as a detonating element for the war memories, made up the rest. It meant not necessarily making a political film, but rather to politicize the cinema itself; to merge method, form and content in order to go beyond archetypes, the symbols, the slogans, the historical and even the political with the aim to build a film that show us the most sublime condition of the human being, the most pure and necessary essence: resistance.

This is how we can explore, engage, address and deal with this complex topic. I hope this film-catharsis will lead these men into an intimate process of collective therapy, bringing closure to a historical chapter of their lives, or at least serve as a document that is able to discern the historical contradictions from the voice of thousands of anonymous heroes who are still alive and who were ready to sacrifice the best years of their lives in a distant and foreign war.