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"Old Havana and the Great Pimp of San Isidro"

Film
Film
Running time (In minutes): 
9
Theme: 
International
Category/Format: 
Short films
Poster: 
Production year: 
October, 2013
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Migdia Chinea is an autodidact American narrative filmmaker who studied at the graduate film school of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) - MFA in Film 2012. Her 2011 UCLA film "anonymous (street meat)" screened in the independent Directors' Fortnight at Cannes and has been selected at thirty-six festivals worldwide, including Saint Petersburg, Russia; her second film Kninth Floor has been shown at the Polish Film Festival; the New York Philip K. Dick Sci-fi Film Festival, Writers Guild of America, west (WGAW) and others. Migdia has won recognition for her emphasis on character-driven stories and her use of fragmented images, lights and shadows to present human rights thematics. As a WGA member, she was a delegate of the Sundance producers and screenwriters program tailored around co-production/distribution. Her new TV pilot film "Old Havana and the Great Pimp of San Isidro" is based on the life of a famous Cuban gigolo and examines mysticism and sensuality in 1910 Havana.

Film director: 
Migdia Chinea
Producer: 
Migdia Chinea
About the Producer: 
<p>Migdia Chinea is an autodidact American narrative filmmaker who studied at the graduate film school of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) - MFA in Film 2012. Her 2011 UCLA film &quot;anonymous (street meat)&quot; screened in the independent Directors&#39; Fortnight at Cannes and has been selected at thirty-six festivals worldwide, including Saint Petersburg, Russia; her second film Kninth Floor has been shown at the Polish Film Festival; the New York Philip K. Dick Sci-fi Film Festival, Writers Guild of America, west (WGAW) and others. Migdia has won recognition for her emphasis on character-driven stories and her use of fragmented images, lights and shadows to present human rights thematics. As a WGA member, she was a delegate of the Sundance producers and screenwriters program tailored around co-production/distribution. Her new TV pilot film &quot;Old Havana and the Great Pimp of San Isidro&quot; is based on the life of a famous Cuban gigolo and examines mysticism and sensuality in 1910 Havana.</p>
Screenplay: 
Migdia Chinea
Editing: 
Skip Spiro
Film photographer: 
Maks Naporowski (and Pawel Gula)
Sound: 
Marcos Butron Jr
Music: 
Raul Murciano
Art Director: 
Frank Varela
Costume: 
Migdia Chinea
Decor: 
Migdia Chinea
Cast 1: 
Vincent van Hinte
Cast 2: 
Xochitl Duran
Cast 3: 
Ruben Rabasa
Cast 4: 
Josie Martineaux
Cast 5: 
Guillermo Jorge
Film synopsis: 
<p><strong>Written by </strong><strong>Migdia Chinea</strong></p> <p><strong>Inspired by a real historical figure, this is the allegory of Yarini, a mysterious and powerful pimp who dominates Havana in 1910, a time when Halley&rsquo;s Comet is passing through.&nbsp; &nbsp;When Yarini falls for the President&rsquo;s wife, his childhood sweetheart, Manto, a mulatta who loves him, uses Afro-Cuban religion Santeria to get him back.&nbsp; But she is warned that she can&rsquo;t call on the African saints to do harm because doing so can have bad consequences.&nbsp; &nbsp;When Manto&rsquo;s plan backfires, she changes the course of events. </strong></p> <p><strong>In 1910, Havana flourished as the new frontier for the European elite. Its harbor was &ldquo;La Llave,&rdquo; the key port of entry to the New World.</strong></p> <p><strong>Drawn to its natural splendor, and unlimited resources, nobility, industrialists and people &ldquo;with a past&rdquo; come to its shores, seeking new opportunities or to reinvent themselves.&nbsp; The settlers, French, British and mostly Spanish colonialists imbued the city with all the creature comforts from their native homes.</strong></p> <p><strong>But there was another element that set this world apart from theirs and that was the influx of Africans.&nbsp; Unlike North America, something different occurred in Havana.&nbsp; African culture with its wonderfully earth-bound rituals and unusual rhythms slowly infiltrated the upper echelons of society, until it was embraced, almost unconsciously.&nbsp; During this time, one man rose to great power.&nbsp; His name was Yarini, &ldquo;the Pimp of San Isidro.&rdquo;&nbsp; During his ten-year reign, he brought inexorable joy to many, but to others he presented a great threat.&nbsp; In a story based on the myth of the man, Yarini, the women he loved, and the beautiful city of Havana.</strong></p> <p><strong>With the passing of Yarini also passed the end of a great era.&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Old Havana and the Great Pimp of San Isidro&rdquo;.</strong></p>
Budget
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $10 000
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Digital / DVD
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Festival selections: 

Special Screening of the Polish Film Festival 2013

Film distribution
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