International Premiere

DIRECTED BY Patricia Ramos

Country: Cuba, Nicaragua
Original Title: El techo

Film Year: 2016
Category: Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition

A pizzeria may seem a modest venture, but for the three enterprising habaneros at the center of Cuban filmmaker Patricia Ramos’ winsome feature debut, success in the pizza business holds the promise of prosperity, purpose and, just maybe, love and happiness.

A deliciously off-beat romantic comedy, On the Roof offers an impeccable balance of colloquial charm and universal appeal. Ramos and her excellent cast have crafted highly relatable characters with varying degrees of ambition, ingenuity and quirk. Some current Cuban films seek to correct sweeping social ailments; by contrast, Ramos and her collaborators understand that sometimes the world is changed one dream at a time.

This film is also featured in the 2017 Film Festival’s HBO Ibero American Competition Film Category.


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Director: Patricia Ramos
Screenwriter: Patricia Ramos

Cinematographer: Alan González Hernández

Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos studied Spanish at Havana University and screenwriting at the International School of Cinema in San Antonio de los Baños. Her credits include the television documentary Ampárame (09) and the short films Na-Na (04) and My Home’s Courtyard (08). On the Roof (16) is her first feature.