An upcoming anthology film set during a week in the Cuban capital Havana. It is a contemporary portrait of this eclectic, vital, unique city, told through a single feature-length movie made of 7 chapters, directed by 7 internationally directors. The directors are Julio Médem, Laurent Cantet, Juan Carlos Tabío, Benicio del Toro, Gaspar Noé, Pablo Trapero and Elia Suleiman. The screenplay was written by the Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura Fuentes. It marks directorial debut for Academy Awards winner Del Toro (Traffic), who is helming the segement Monday entitled, “El Yuma”, as a fictionalized documentary with Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) playing Yuma, an American actor traveling to Havana for the first time and discovering the culture.
Each chapter depicts a day of the week through the extraordinary lives of its characters. A world away from the familiar clichés, the film aims to express the soul of Havana and its diversity in touching, entertaining and funny style. All seven stories have independent plots, but the connections between them create a powerful dramatic unity. Emblematic Havana landmarks form the backdrop to the chapters in which several characters appear more than once, organically connecting the narratives and demonstrating that in Havana all social spheres intersect.