7 DAYS IN HAVANASpain, France | 2012
Programme time: 17.00
7 Days in Havana - а contemporary portrait of this eclectic, vital, unique city, told through a single feature-length movie made of 7 chapters, directed by 7 internationally acclaimed directors.
Each chapter depicts a day of the week through the extraordinary lives of its characters. A world away from the familiar clichés, the film aims to express the soul of Havana and its diversity in touching, entertaining and funny style. All seven stories have independent plots, but the connections between them create a powerful dramatic unity. Emblematic Havana landmarks form the backdrop to the chapters in which several characters appear more than once, organically connecting the narratives and demonstrating that in Havana all social spheres intersect.
7 Days in Havana is comprised of seven different stories set on seven different days in the Cuban capital, from seven directors: Benicio del Toro – El Yuma (Monday), Pablo Trapero – Jam Session (Tuesday), Julio Medem – The Temptation of Cecilia (Wednesday), Elia Suleiman – Diary of a Beginner (Thursday), Gaspard Noé – Ritual (Friday), Juan Carlos Tabío – Dulce Amargo (Saturday), Laurent Cantet – La Fuente (Sunday).
Elia Suleiman is a Palestinian filmmaker, born in 1960 in Nazareth. From 1982 to 1993, Suleiman lived in New York, where he directed his first two short films: Introduction to the End of an Argument and Homage by Assassination, winning numerous awards. In 1994, Suleiman returned to Jerusalem to create a Film and Media Department at the Birzeit University. His first feature film, Chronicle of a Disappearance, won the Best First Film Prize at the 1996 Venice Film Festival. In 2002, Divine Intervention won the Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes as well as the Best Foreign Film Prize at the European Awards in Rome. Suleiman writhed and directed film The Time That Remains in 2009.
Elia Suleiman directed Diary of a Beginner, one of the segments in the omnibus film 7 Days in Havana (2012).
Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabio, Laurent Cantet
Director of photography:
Daniel Aranyo, Diego Dussuel
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Didar Domehri, Laurent Baudens, Gael Nouaille (Full House, France), Alvaro Longoria (Morena Films, Spain), Fabien Pisani (Cuba)
Full House, Morena Films
Daniel Bruehl,Emir Kusturica, Elia Suleiman, Josh Hutcherson, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Jorge Perugorria