Omnibus film (7 Days in Havana) - 12 min.
Yamilslaidi, an attractive African-Cuban schoolgirl is forced by her parents to go into a cleaning ritual. They are determined to get their daughter rid of the "curse" she has been put on: loving girls.
CREW AND TECHNICAL SPECS (7 DAYS IN HAVANA)
Written and directed by : LAURENT CANTET, BENICIO DEL TORO, JULIO MEDEM, GASPAR NOÉ, ELIA SULEIMAN, JUAN CARLOS TABÍO & PABLO TRAPERO
Producers : ALVARO LONGORIA, LAURENT BAUDENS, DIDAR DOHMERI, GAEL NOUAILLE and FABIEN PISANI
Writer : LEONARDO PADURA
Budget : $4M
Nationality : Cuba, France and Spain
Language : Spanish
Locations : Havana
Shooting dates : March 4th to May 6th, 2011 (5 days/segment)
International sales : Wild Bunch
First Release Date : Autumn 2011
7 days in Havana is a contemporary snapshot of this iconic and eclectic city, seen through a feature-length movie made up of 7 chapters directed by 7 international filmmakers.
5 days of shooting in Havana - for each segment - for around 15 minutes of film- Gaspar Noe would have shot his segment in March according to Les Inrockuptibles #805- Budget : €3,000,000 (estimated)- Production : Morena Films (Spain) & Full House (France) + Wild Bunch (France/International)
Che, the most admired of all my fellow countryman… Fidel, the only man who succeeded in confounding the CIA’s plans for over 50 years… SOY CUBA, the film whose camerawork inspired me so deeply…
But let’s be honest, if I made this film, it’s because a friend of mine who has spent some time in Cuba told me that that’s where he had seen the highest percentage of the most gorgeous girls and best dancers in the world.
I hate tourism; I had to wait for years for a credible excuse to take a flight to the mythical island. Having missed the screening of IRREVERSIBLE at the Havana Film Festival in 2002, I had to wait until the end of 2009 and the selection of ENTER THE VOID to go. At the same time, some of the producers had already approached me with 7 DAYS IN HAVANA in mind. As a result, after partying for 3 days I agreed to it. But I also realised that today’s social reality was more complex than the Castroist utopia whose virtues my father praised, and that the Cuban imagination was more closely linked to African magic than I’d thought.
A year and a half later, I returned to Cuba to shoot in a semi-improvised manner, with an ultra-reduced crew, a short film with a dance scene and a ‘cleansing’ ritual.