Terror film based on Hemingway to make Havana shake

Posted: 17-Sep-16 15:03

One of the most iconic American writers of the past century, Ernest Hemingway, has inspired film director Guillermo Ivan, who will release "Havana Darkness", a terror movie based on one of the author's unpublished manuscripts. The film was shot between New York and Havana and will now be projected in the Cuban capital.

Terror film based on Hemingway to make Havana shake

Having lived in Cuba most of his life, Ernest Hemingway is not only an icon for American literature but a huge symbol within Cuban culture. Many literature buffs are interested in visiting the island only to get to know more about the author’s life, in part the reason why the Hemingway museum received new donations and authorities have approved new projects like the opening of a Hemingway Hotel.

This time, the Nobel Prize winner, has been an inspiration for a Mexican filmmaker, who based his new creation on one of the author’s unpublished manuscripts. “Havana Darkness” is the name of this thrilling terror film which will make the Cuban capital shake with fear.

Director Guillermo Ivan is also the star actor in this movie which was produced by New York-based Golden Ceiba Productions in collaboration with European Global Films. The story revolves around a Cuban-American author living in New York who is writing his thesis on Ernest Hemingway’s period in Cuba, when he suddenly runs into what he thinks is an unpublished manuscript from the writer. He decides to travel to Havana with two American friends to investigate further. Nonetheless, when they arrive, the three friends realise this supposed manuscript was a fake and only meant to lure them into a trap where they are forced to participate in a dark psychological survival game, through Hemingway’s philosophy.

Havana Darkness” has created great expectations worldwide as the very first horror/suspense movie to have been filmed between Cuba and New York. According to Ivan, the scenes include elements from David Cronenberg’s Videodrome as well as Hitchcock’s works. Opposed to most horror films of the present, “Havana Darkness” is much more introspective and seeks to terrify without resorting to extreme violence and visual effects.

For the Mexican filmmaker, the fact of being able to shoot in Cuba is a privilege and a dream come true:

“I grew up in Cuba; I spent my entire teenage years in the island. After finishing high school, I studied in the Escuela de Cine (…) I left family, friends, countless experiences that have marked me as a human being.”

After creating Golden Ceiba Productions four years ago, Ivan has directed two other fiction films in Cuba: “Havana Instant”, winner of two prizes at Montreal’s International Cinema Festival and “Departed Son”, also shot between Cuba and New York. The Mexican director will continue to deliver more material soon, this time incurring in the world of documentaries with “People”. The first episode of this eight-chapter series should be ready by October.


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