Adorable Lies (Adorables Mentiras)

Director: Gerardo Chijona Valdez
Screenwriters: Senel Paz

Institute History

  • 1992 Sundance Film Festival


Gerardo Chijona’s first feature is a black comedy that captivates the audience from the very first image. Adorable Lies is the story of Jorge Luis and Sissy, two unsuccessful people who create images of themselves in order to escape the plain, gray reality of their lives. These images are part true and part myth. Jorge Luis is young, married and unemployed. He dreams of becoming a screenwriter and film director. At a film premiere he meets beautiful Sissy. That night he is at his best, since the director of the premiere has just asked Jorge to work on a story. To impress Sissy, whose husband is traveling, Jorge Luis introduces himself as a film director looking for a nonprofessional actress. Sissy, who has dreamed all her life of being “discovered,” is very interested but, on the advice of her friend Nancy, pretends not to be so she can “trap” the young man. What ensues is a relationship where Jorge Luis and Sissy each fall in love with the image the other has created.

Playful, outrageous and original, Adorable Lies captures the exuberance of living, as well as being a thoughtful reflection on life’s conditions and possibilities. This exciting debut by one of Cuba’s brightest new talents begins a new chapter in Cuban cinema.

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