This sounds potentially interesting . . . “Papa,” a biopic about Ernest Hemingway’s friendship with a journalist in turbulent 1950s Cuba, is just finishing its shoot in the streets of Havana — the first full-length Hollywood film to shoot there since 1959, say its producers. Adrian Sparks plays Hemingway; Giovanni Ribisi plays Denne Bart Petitclerc (the journalist, who wrote the autobiographical script); Joely Richardson is Hemingway’s fourth wife, Mary. Hemingway lived in Cuba for several decades; perhaps the most prominent American to do so. “Papa” was able to film in Cuba due to a special U.S. Treasury Dept. license, limiting the amount the production could spend there. Interesting article in the Hollywood Reporter about the production (including the note that since Cuba’s Internet service is limited, the crew had to resort to some old-school ways, such as slipping call sheets under cast member’s hotel-room doors rather than emailing.).
By the way, the blog’s going to be sporadic for the next week; I’ll be popping in and out between now and the start of SIFF on May 15. Mad Men Monday will be right here, though; here’s hoping next Sunday’s show is livelier.