7 Days in Havana (“7 Dias en la Habana”)

Part of: Screenings at Strelka

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France/Spain 2012, 127 min.

Directed by: Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro, Julio Medem, Gaspar Noé, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabío, Pablo Trapero

Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Teddy Atkins, Daniel Brühl, Emir Kusturica, Elia Suleiman, Melissa Rivera

Seven days, seven stories, seven directors. A Cuban taxi-driver offers a young American tourist the most unusual tour of the capital. A well-known director in the midst of a mid-life crisis and a creative crisis gets unexpected support from a casual acquaintance. Cecilia, a Cuban singer, wavers between a Spanish impresario’s offer to move to Spain and the desire to stay at home with her boyfriend, José. A schoolgirl’s parents force her to undergo a ritual “cleansing” to rid her of her homosexuality.

A contestant for the “A Particular Outlook” (“Un Certain Regard”) prize at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival.