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Venezia 76 Competition

Director:
Olivier Assayas
Production:
RT Features (Rodrigo Teixeira, Lourenço Sant’Anna), CG Cinéma (Charles Gillibert), Nostromo Pictures, Scope Pictures
Running Time:
123’
Language:
Spanish, English, Russian
Country:
Brazil, France, Spain, Belgium
Main Cast:
Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez, Gael García Bernal, Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Screenplay:
Olivier Assayas
Cinematographer:
Yorick Le Saux, Denis Lenoir
Editor:
Simon Jacquet
Production Designer:
François-Renaud Labarthe
Costume Designer:
Jürgen Doering, Samantha Chijona García
Music:
Eduardo Cruz
Sound:
Nicolas Moreau, Nicolas Cantin, Aude Baudassé, Guert Janssen
Visual Effects:
Michael Tanguy
Notes:
from the novel Os últimos soldados da Guerra Fría by Fernando Morais

Synopsis

Havana, December 1990. René González, a Cuban airline pilot, steals a plane and escapes the country, leaving behind his beloved wife and daughter. He begins a new life in Miami, soon joined by other Cuban dissidents, all working towards the destabilisation of the Castro regime. Based on a true story.

Director’s Statement

Politics, as Shakespeare wrote about life itself, is a story full of noise and fury, as told by an idiot, that means nothing. Yet, it is according to those passions that men live. And die. The conflicts of the Cold War have defined my generation and shaped the contours of our present. The embers remain bright, and one gets easily burnt. It seems to me that we have now enough of a historical distance to confront it. Certainly not with detachment, but with the freedom, and the rigor, to portray it with both benevolence and vigilance. Without being fooled by the masks of ideology. Modern history interests me through the lenses of its humanity, how it reveals in its actors the intimate truth that define their actions, their faith, and their errors. Is there a reason we do what we do? Who can be a judge? Carried away by the Wheel of history, prey to their demons and illusions, yet also victims of both, the players in the drama of politics are our brothers as we are also their accomplices.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Rodrigo Teixeira,Lourenco Sant Anna - RT FEATURES
Rua Joaquim Antunes 177
0541500 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Tel. 55 11 30605700
rodrigo@rtfeatures.com.br
http://www.rtfeatures.com.br

PRODUCTION 2: Charles Gillibert - CG Cinéma
7-9 rue des petites ecuries
75010 – Paris, France
Tel. 11330-184173506
charles.gillibert@cgcinema.eu

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: NOSTROMO PICTURES (via Augusta 81, Pral 2a, 08006 Barcelona, Spain); SCOPE PICTURES (Rue Defacqz 50 , B-1050 Brussels, Belgium)

WORLD SALES: Kamarowsky Andrei – Orange Studio
21 Rue Jasmin
8501640 – Paris, France
Tel. 11331-57361111
andrei.kamarowsky@orange.com
http://www.orange-studio.fr

PRESS OFFICE:Viviana Andriani – RENDEZ-VOUS
Mob. + 33 6 80 16 81 39
viviana@rv-press.com


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