The Travel Agent

(Pequeñas mentiras piadosas)
Niccolò Bruna | Documentary

2015 | 87 minutes | Cuba, Spain, Italy

From her tiny office overlooking the U.S. Interests Section, 58-year old Lourdes counsels thousands of Cubans seeking a U.S. travel visas. She coaches them on answering tricky questions, fine-tuning their stories so they have a better chance of succeeding.


From her tiny office overlooking the U.S. Interests Section, 58-year old Lourdes counsels thousands of Cubans seeking a U.S. travel visas. She coaches them on answering tricky questions, fine-tuning their stories so they have a better chance of succeeding. They come from every walk of life and from all over Cuba to unveil their own life stories at the “Oficina del amor” (Office of Love), as she's baptized it.

Despite helping others to travel, she has never been able to visit her own mother, son, brothers, grandsons, and nephews in Florida. “[I] quench the thirst of others every day, yet there is not a drop of water for me,” she says sadly. After a long wait, Lourdes’ time has finally come: her interview is set. Her dream to visit her dying mother, who emigrated during the sixties, has never been so close. Will she be able to travel and finally overturn her destiny of forced separation?

Main credits

Bruna, Niccolò (film director)
Bruna, Niccolò (screenwriter)
Ciocca, Paola (film producer)
Bona, Enrico (screenwriter)
Prandstraller, Andrea (screenwriter)

Other credits

Camera, Erik Delgado Ordonqui, Niccolò Bruna; editors, Adrià Laheurta, Enrico Giovannone; music, Minus & Plus.

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DIRECTOR: Niccolò Bruna

NATIONALITY: Cuba, Spain, Italy

YEAR: 2015

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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