Selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, 7 Days in Havana is a collective movie set during a week in the Cuban capital Havana, featuring one segment for each day, each segment directed by a diff ...
Cuban jam session: 7 Days in Havana
Selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, 7 Days in Havana is a collective movie set during a week in the Cuban capital Havana, featuring one segment for each day, each segment directed by a different filmmaker, including Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabío and Laurent Cantet. A snapshot of Havana in 2012, the pic is a contemporary portrait of this eclectic city, vital and forward-looking. This film was born from a desire to explore a city at a particular moment in its history: Havana will without doubt alter radically in the next few years. A transition is taking place: its boundaries are changing, its culture hungrily embracing new ways of thinking, creating and living every day. This is what attracted and inspired the directors. To film this place and to tell the story of these people – to portray humanity at a turning point in its history – on an island whose magnetism and magical aura is wholly disproportionate to what one would expect from its geographical dimensions alone. According to screenplay coordinator Leonardo Padura, "7 Days in Havana is about different ways of seeing Havana: from the inside, from the outside, very close-up or through the amazed eyes of those discovering it for the first time. The film deals with a Havana that is multi-faceted and singular at the same time, where many lives coexist and are in some way related. It speaks of a city that dies and rises up once again. It speaks of my city."
A single feature-length movie set in Havana, made up of 7 chapters, directed by seven directors. Each chapter depicts a day of the week through the daily – and extraordinary – lives of its characters. A world way from the familiar clichés, the movie aims to express the soul of this city and its diverse neighborhoods, atmospheres, generations and cultures. If the seven stories have different plots, the directors have accepted to fall within the same common framework and link the stories together to create a dramatic cohesion.
Country: France, Spain (2012)
Release Date: 08-06-2012 (Italy) 07-06-2012 (UK)