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Laurent Cantet’s vision of Cuba takes Venice Days Award

Laurent Cantet’s vision of Cuba takes Venice Days Award
Published September 05, 2014 EFE

French director Laurent Cantet has taken the Venice Days Award, an
independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival, with his vision of
contemporary Cuba in “Return to Ithaca.”

The official Venice Days jury, headed by Argentine director Diego
Lerman, announced its decision Friday afternoon upon concluding its

“In very limited conditions of time and space, the filmmaker was able to
deliver a complex, emotional work about secrets of the past,” the jury said.

The award consists of a trophy and 20,000 euros ($25,000) to be shared
between the director and the international distributor, the latter
having to use part of its cash prize to promote the film.

Winner of the 2008 Palme d’Or at Cannes for “The Class,” Cantet in the
movie goes deeply into the disillusionment of an entire generation of
Cubans educated under the Revolution.

With a screenplay based on “La Novela de mi Vida” by Leonardo Padura and
written by Cantet and the Cuban author, “Return to Ithaca” tells the
story of five friends getting together to celebrate the arrival in
Havana of the leading character, Amadeo, after 16 years in exile.

“Return to Ithaca” will also be screened at ’s San Sebastian Film
Festival, which begins Sept. 19. EFE

Source: Laurent Cantet’s vision of Cuba takes Venice Days Award | Fox
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