"Return to Ithaca" by Laurent Cantet at Gables Cinema [fr]

The Coral Gables Art Cinema presents an exclusive U.S. Première of Return to Ithaca by Palme d’Or-winning French film director, Laurent Cantet, on Friday November 13th in the presence of co-author Leonardo Padura and actor Fernando Hechevarría. On November 14th, the Miami Film Development Project hosts a Director’s Masterclass with Laurent Cantet moderated by Sundance Alumni Jonathan David Kane.


A terrace overlooking Havana, the sunset. Five friends gather to celebrate the return of Amadeo (Néstor Jimenez) after 16 years of exile. From dusk to dawn they reminisce about their youth, the group they used to be, the faith they had in the future ... but also their disillusionment. Winner of the Best Film prize at Venice Days, Return to Ithaca is the first film made in Cuba that deals directly with the shattered dreams of the generation that came of age on the island during the Cuban revolution.
For laureate co-author Leonardo Padura, the film is "the story of a few lives, and through those lives, the story of my generation. It certainly isn’t the only possible portrait but it is undoubtedly the reflection of the many uncertainties, hopes, accomplishments and frustrations of certain Cubans - cruelly tossed upon the winds of history into the open sea, where many cannot make out any safe harbor."

Directed by Laurent Cantet
Starring Isabel Santos, Jorge Perugorría, Fernando Hechevarría, Nestor Jiménez, and Pedro Julio Díaz Ferrán
France (2014)
Unrated but not suitable for children due to language and violence
Spanish with English subtitles


Last modified on 16/11/2015

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