Morena Films gets ready to spend 7 Days In Havana
by Sergio Ríos Pérez
In line with its strategy of making films for the international market, production company Morena Films (see interview) has joined forces with France’s Full House to produce collective film 7 Days In Havana, in which seven directors will offer their personal vision of the Cuban capital. The project is produced by Álvaro Longoria and Didar Domehri for a budget of around €3m.
Seven chapters by seven top-calibre directors, including France’s Laurent Cantet; Spain’s Julio Medem (whose latest film, Room In Rome [+see also:
interview: Julio Medem
film profile], was produced by Longoria); French-Argentinean filmmaker Gaspar Noé; Palestine’s Elia Suleiman; Argentina’s Pablo Trapero; Cuba’s Juan Carlos Tabío; and, in his behind-the-camera debut, Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro, who played the titular revolutionary in the Morena production Che [+see also:
The film’s seven episodes will unfold over one week, one day for each. Moreover, although the episodes are self-contained, both their plot and characters are interconnected – protagonists in some shorts reappear as secondary characters in others. The different threads are tied together with the help of Cuban novelist and journalist Leonardo Padura as script coordinator.
7 Days In Havana comes in the wake of projects like Paris, I Love You and New York, I Love You [+see also:
film profile]. “Havana is the perfect location [for this type of film]. Moreover, it could undergo a radical transformation in the next few years. That’s why it’s important to capture it as it is today", said Longoria.
Although this is its first collaboration with Full House, Morena Films is sticking to its policy of working regularly with French companies. Its other Gallic co-productions include The Monk (with Diaphana), Even the Rain [+see also:
interview: Icíar Bollaín
film profile] (with Mandarin Cinema) and Cell 211 [+see also:
interview: Daniel Monzón
film profile] (with La Fabrique 2).
(Translated from Spanish)