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Spanish, English, Russian with English subtitles

With Juan Carlos Calderón, Eldis Botta, Dariel Díaz, Daryl Acuña, Luis Alejandro Yero

Luis Alejandro Yero’s striking first feature focuses on a group of migrants and their temporary dwelling in a snowy Moscow high-rise complex. The Russian capital was a pathway for the four young queer Cubans seeking to emigrate from the island until Russia’s invasion of Ukraine put their fate in limbo.

They live in the city as migrants, some illegal, others recently arrived with a tourist visa. They work at whatever they can find, whether cleaning groceries or as telemarketers selling medicine. They can be as fabulous as they want in the apartment, but the elevator that brings them down to the Moscow streets is already a different space, where they avoid attracting attention; Russia and Cuba are so far apart.

Spare and intensely felt, the film records their connections to the outside world—phone calls with loved ones, immigration service lines, even remote work—that punctuate the silence and bring small comforts. Far away from the city streets where a bleak war campaign is taking hold, Calls from Moscow quietly contemplates an internal world of waiting.


“Yero’s artfully methodical observational film injects an essential perspective into the queer canon. Yero and cinematographer María Grazia Goya favour static long takes that capture the malaise of the waiting game.” – Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

“Between the stillness and empty spaces, the ambient sounds and ominous alien droning, the exquisite framing of rooms and the desperate exiles “trapped” inside them, a jarring existential portrait emerges: Like watching Tolstoy body-snatch Havana.” – Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine

About the Director
Luis Alejandro Yero is a Cuban filmmaker. He graduated in Documentary Directing from the International Film and Television School (EICTV) of Cuba. His short films have been awarded at Mar del Plata, FICUNAM, and Havana, among others, in addition to being screened at numerous festivals such as IDFA, Sheffield, Jihlava, Jeonju, Thessaloniki, Busan, Malaga,
Olhar de Cinema, and cultural institutions such as the Lincoln Center in New York, and the Cervantes Institute in several cities around the world.

Since 2020 Yero has coordinated the EICTV’s Documentary Department.

His debut feature documentary, Calls from Moscow, had its world premiere at the Berlinale in the Forum section.