Cuba has become the last Latin American nation to select its foreign-language Academy Award candidate for the 91st edition announcing that Ernesto Daranas will represent the Caribbean nation with his latest film Sergio & Sergei.
Starring Héctor Noas, Tomás Cao, and Ron Perlman, and set in 1991 when the USSR is falling apart and Cuba enters its hardest economic crisis, the film follows Sergio, a professor of Marxism who can't provide for his family, and Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut stranded in the Mir space station. They both share a common passion: amateur radio. Through this hobby, both men will be able to help each other in facing the dramatic changes of their countries.
Sergio & Sergei marks the third film by Daranas to be selected as the Cuban Oscar candidate after Fallen Gods in 2009 and Conducta in 2014. Cuba has received one Oscar nomination in 1984 for Strawberry and Chocolate by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío.