Art has always been a powerful creative outlet for those who have managed to master it, not just through its natural poise and appeal, but also through its immense power to tell a story. As humans, we are deeply addicted to exploring tales of what it means to be human. This can mean the stories of others, but also exploring our own personal past, as well as that of our family, in order to carve out a slice of the truth, both for ourselves and our audiences.
Such is the mission of any gifted filmmaker, in this particular case, that of Leslie Lluvet, a Latinx filmmaker and creator from Havana Cuba raised in Miami, Florida. Apart from a deeply rooted passion for directing, Lluvet also takes a keen interest in writing, producing, and acting, and has so far appeared in well-known productions such as the hit TV show “ICE” “Station 19”, or the very current border crossing movie “When it rains”.
Most recently, Leslie Lluvet has been exploring her own personal past and family history through her movie “90 Miles”. The film, which is set to premiere soon, follows the story of Lluvet’s parents and herself as a four year old girl, as they struggle to escape the Castro dictatorship in Cuba, and find refuge abroad. It’s a harrowing tale of great personal difficulty, but according to Lluvet, those are the stories she enjoys most.
“It’s the story about my family escaping Castro’s regime. The lead role is my Mother. I decided I was going to play her, so I wrote her more or less for myself in a way that I know it would be true to her character and true to the story.”
As Tammy, Leslie Lluvet paints the fascinating picture of a strong woman determined to survive and protect her family by any means necessary. The personal touch that Lluvet delivers is unmistakable and serves to make the movie more authentic and appealing to audiences. There is something undeniably charming about a true story, based on real events, and the movie succeeds in shedding light on the dictatorships in Cuba.
The film also served a personal goal for the co director, as it helped Lluvet better understand what direction she wished her creative journey to take, from now on.
“When I wrote the story about my family, I saw things in there that I felt like others couldn’t see because it was such a personal story to me, I needed to have creative control and I decided it’s what I wanted to have for the rest of my career.”
In that sense, “90 Miles”, it can be said, functioned as a real revelation both for Lluvet, and for the audience, who are exposed to a topic that’s less than common in most commercial filmmaking today.
“90 Miles” is an ode inspired by great love and deep appreciation that Lluvet feels towards her parents, whom she also credits for her lasting success.
“My parents, they gave me life and freedom and I will forever be grateful.”