Last Days in Havana
Últimos Dias en La Habana
Directed by Fernando Pérez
Miguel and Diego are friends sharing an apartment in Central Havana. Miguel – a dishwasher at a restaurant, who dreams of leaving Cuba for New York is waiting for his exit visa – and Diego, a gay man afflicted by AIDS who dreams and cheerfulness to good use in his struggle to carry on enjoying every single day of his life from a rickety old bed in his small bedroom. This peculiar pair are surrounded by characters from all walks of life.
Fernando Pérez graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Language and Spanish Literature, and began working in the Cuban film industry in 1971 as an assistant director, before directing his first documentary in 1975. His feature debut was the drama Clandestinos (1987) but it wasn’t until Madagascar (1994) that he garnered significant international recognition. Pérez later directed La Vida es Silbar (1998) and Suite Habana(2003). Suite Habana is considered by some critics to be the best Cuban film in decades. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards in different festivals both in Cuba and abroad, being awarded the National Film Prize in 2007.
Writers: Fernando Pérez, Abel Rodríguez
Cast: Jorge Ramirez, Patricio Wood, Yailine Sierra, Gabriela Ramos
Cinematography: Raúl Pérez Ureta
Producers: Danilo León, José María Morales