China and Cuba to shoot first co-production

Posted: 28-Feb-16 15:54

"Amores en La Habana" (Love in Havana) will be the first film of the Asian nation to be made in the island. The story turns around a romance lived by four Chinese students in Cuba's capital and the difficulties and charms of the encounters between people of different cultures.

China and Cuba to shoot first co-production

A co-production between Cuba’s RTV Comercial and China’s Qiu Lei company will be on shooting from March, and will involve actors from both countries.

The film, entitled “Amores en La Habana” (Love in Havana), narrates a passionate story of four young Chinese who fall in love of island’s natives. Director Zheng Dawei is exploiting the current circumstance of many Asian young people pursuing their education in Havana, as the main characters will be students.

The producers have announced that the picture explores trials and tribulations of relationships between people of different cultural backgrounds.

RTV General Director Joel Ortega explained to local media:

“...this project will bring together Chinese and Cuban talent to make a movie that unites us."

He also stated that the film is the first visible step of a bigger collaboration agreement that will bring the opportunity to create audio-visuals that touch on social and cultural aspects of the two countries.

Dawei is currently in Cuba and has publicly thanked partner RTV Comercial and the Cuban musical band that will be in charge of the soundtrack.

Moncada, a band founded in the island in the 1970 decade, will be on charge of the soundtrack of “Amores en La Habana”. Its director Jorge Gómez, musical director Roberto Perez and choreographer Juan Gómez will be arranging the film's music and dance numbers.

The movie has been a project cherished by the director for two years. The parts have not specified how long will take the shooting process or when the film will be finished.

Within the Cuban film industry, co-productions traditionally have involved European countries, but in the last year, after the country has gained visibility with the restoration of diplomatic ties with the United States, it has become more attractive for foreign filmmakers.
“Papa”, a documentary film about writer Ernest Hemingway which premiered on December 2015 in Havana, was the first American production be shot on the island in over 50 years, since the U.S. trade embargo was imposed in 1960.

But now, with the relaxation of some of the embargo’s restrictions, Hollywood producers have demonstrated interest on making future films in the Caribbean country. It is expected that a new part of the saga “Fast and Furious” will be shot in the island soon.


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