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Domino Effect (Efecto Dominó)

Domino Effect
Scene from "Domino Effect" (photo © KHM/Gabriel Gauchet)

Nighttime in a quarter of Havana. A couple of men are playing a game of dominos while the women pass the time gossiping. Out of the blue, a man finds the granddaughter of Mercedes and Ramón at a park close by. It looks like she's been raped. The situation escalates, as chauvinist tendencies are incited to the point that a culprit must be found at any cost.


Gabriel Gauchet was born in 1978 in Lorient/France. From 1999-2003 he studied African Studies in Hamburg and Dakar/Senegal, followed by Film studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He also studied at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television (EICTV) in Havana. His films have been screened at over 660 international film festivals. His films include: When I Shot the Kankouran (2003), When Football is Painting (2005), Die Kneipe (2006, co-directed with Andrzej Król), and Efecto Dominó (2010).
Genre Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 2010
Director Gabriel Gauchet
Screenplay Gabriel Gauchet, Francisco García Gonzáles
Cinematography Christiane Buchmann
Manuel Iglesias, Leopoldo Nakata
Marc Hupfeld
Niels de Rosario Bermúdez
Cast Alina Rodríguez, Enrique Molina, Luis Alberto García, Yoset Puentes, Violena Isabel Ampudia, Samuel Claxton, Edwin Fernández, Jorge Ali
Production Company Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM), in co-production with EICTV/Cuba
Length 27 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Spanish
Subtitled Versions German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese
Festivals Clermont-Ferrand 2010 (International Competition), Lille 2010 (International Competition), Roma Independent Film Festival 2010, Independent Days Karlsruhe 2010, Mar del Plata 2010 (Short Film Competition)
Awards Youth Jury Prize Clermont-Ferrand 2010, Young Talent Award Lille 2010, Best Latin American Short Film Mar del Plata 2010

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