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The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia

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Original title
El viaje extraordinario de Celeste García
Running time
92 min.
Cuba Cuba
Arturo Infante
Javier Labrador Deulofeu
Co-production Cuba-Germany;
FassB Filmproduktion, Producciones de la 5ta Avenida
A compassionate and candid woman with an endless curiosity for life, Celeste (Maria Isabel Diaz) is a retired and widowed teacher living a tranquil, unadventurous existence in Havana. Her part-time job at the planetarium keeps her busy, but she goes home to a careless adult son who ignores her, and her selfish sister visits only when she is looking for something.

One day, the government announces the surprising news that aliens have been living on Earth and that these unusual guests are now returning the favour by inviting humans to their world. Celeste had always thought that her “Russian” neighbour Pauline was eccentric — she now realizes her friend was truly from another planet. While people rush to put their names forward to be selected in an extraterrestrial lottery, Celeste discovers that Pauline has left her a personal invitation. To everyone’s surprise, she agrees to accept.
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