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Letvia Arza-Goderich (writer)
Juan Gerard (writer)
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Release Date:
27 January 2006 (Mexico) See more »
The year is 1958, and in Holguín, Cuba, a boy's world is about to change forever. | Add synopsis »
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sweet film, true story...Worth seeing See more (11 total) »


  (in credits order)

Harvey Keitel ... Che

Iben Hjejle ... Julia
Diana Bracho ... Beta

Gael García Bernal ... Ricky
Gabino Diego ... Armín

Cecilia Suárez ... Dulce
Aline Küppenheim ... Katia
Daniel Lugo ... Capt.Rosado
Andhy Méndez ... The Boy

Georg Stanford Brown ... Black Bum
Iván García ... Mr.Marro
Marilyn Romero ... Candita
Enrique Almirante ... Piel Canela
Reynaldo Miravalles ... Waldo
Enrique Jiménez ... Papín
Farah Alfonseca ... Carmen
Gellerman Baralt ... Pedro
Milena Pezzi ... Teté
Nurin Sanlley ... Mrs.Marro
Karina Noble ... Teresa
Flor de Bethania ... Valdubina
Cesar Henao ... Maxi
Juan Henao ... Leandro
Anisa Guajardo ... Lisa
George Marrero ... Altar Boy
Robert Fernandez ... Jose Carlos
Pedro Cordero ... Manuel
Arturo Cordero ... Miguel Marro
Gyana Mella ... Hooker
Raffi Rivera ... Casino Employee
Isabel Márquez ... Josefina

Hemky Madera ... Young Revolutionary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ernesto Baez ... Capt. Rosado's Bodyguard
Ramses Cairo ... Capt. Rosado's Bodyguard

Sergio Carlo ... Rebel #2
Jessica Mendez ... Little girl
Rodrigo Montealegre ... Reynaldo

Frank Perozo

Tony Plana ... The narrator (voice)
Alfonso Quijada ... Narrator
Hector Then ... Capt. Rosado's Bodyguard

Directed by
Juan Gerard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Letvia Arza-Goderich  writer
Juan Gerard  writer

Produced by
Víctor Albarrán .... line producer
Letvia Arza-Goderich .... producer
Francesco Belfiore .... associate producer
Jacqueline M. Bello .... associate producer
Peggy Gormley .... co-producer
Eberhard Kayser .... executive producer
Harvey Keitel .... producer
Mario Ohoven .... executive producer
Andrew Pfeffer .... producer
Jennifer Roth .... co-producer
Bonnie Timmermann .... producer
William Vince .... executive producer
Original Music by
Edesio Alejandro 
José Padilla 
Cinematography by
Kramer Morgenthau 
Film Editing by
Duncan Burns 
Casting by
Letvia Arza-Goderich 
Juan Gerard 
Production Design by
Derubín Jácome 
Art Direction by
Sorangel Fersobe 
Costume Design by
Diana Fernández 
Makeup Department
Elio Durán .... hair department head
Magdalena Álvarez .... makeup department head
Production Management
Mary Garcia Pimienta .... production supervisor
Janet Kendrick .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luis Gerard .... second unit director
Melanie Grefe .... first assistant director
Ivan Herrera .... second assistant director
Erwin Jaquez .... second assistant director: second unit
Fernando Luciano .... third assistant director
Exile Ramirez .... second assistant director
Gabe Valdez .... second second assistant director
Larry Zience .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sylvia Conde .... property master
Sound Department
Antonio Betancourt .... sound
Amy Giammarco .... post audio supervisor
Jim Harrington .... foley artist
Robert Hunter .... technical support sound
Luis Antonio Landrau .... boom operator
Johnny Ludgate .... sound effects editor
Vince Renaud .... sound re-recording mixer
Jo Rossi .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Sheppard .... sound re-recording mixer
Clive Turner .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
José Granados .... special effects
Visual Effects by
David Fred Masselink .... film I/O coordinator
Adam Stern .... digital compositor
Hank Amos .... stunt coordinator
Nick Brandon .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Blundell .... gaffer
Manuel Cintron .... gaffer: second unit
Edgar Colón .... first assistant camera: second unit
Willie Estrada .... assistant camera
Joel Jaspan .... key grip
Gerald Jimenez .... second assistant camera: b
Jamie Maxtone-Graham .... director of photography: second unit
Abner Medina .... second assistant camera
Carlos Zayas .... camera loader
Casting Department
Ed Arenas .... local casting
Enrique Chao .... casting: Dominican Republic
Alison E. McBryde .... casting associate
Gabriel Paulino .... casting assistant
Stephen Vincent .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bibi Delmoral .... head wardrobe
Editorial Department
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Ryan Hogan .... final colorist
Music Department
Natasha Duprey .... music clearance
Other crew
Patti Henderson .... additional editing
Matt Lawford .... shortfall insurance
Joan Puma .... script supervisor
Jon Sperry .... dialogue coach
Lourdes Álvarez .... choreographer
Denis O'Sullivan .... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dreaming of Julia" - Germany (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexual content and language
USA:109 min (Palm Springs Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Juan Gerard tried to film in Cuba, but was unable to obtain permission; hence the film was shot in the Dominican Republic.See more »


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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Sweet film, true story...Worth seeing, 8 February 2004
Author: mambo771975 from santa barbara, CA

I saw this film and heard the writer-director, Juan Gerard, speak at the Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival.

All I knew about it was that it was the story of an 8-year-old boy at the time of the Cuban Revolution in 1958 and how it affects his home and family.

Its opening scene will bring to mind "Cinema Paradiso". In fact, the film is filled with references to classic films: The Roulette Wheel (Casablanca), "chicken clucking" (Rebel Without a Cause), references to Bunuel, "Touch of Evil"; you'll find more. The homeless man (Georg Stanford Brown)is a reference to Cuban folklore which often uses a black man as a type of Greek chorus.

What this film really is is the culmination of a dream. Gerard's wish to honor his family and medium of film that he has loved all of his life.

This is the true story of Juan Gerard and all the people in it are real,as are the events depicted. Gerard is actually an architect and engineer (and passionate film lover) but his dream was to make this movie. He and his wife decided to live that dream and Harvey Keitel became an "angel" who believed in Gerard and agreed to produce and star in it. Keitel holds the screen powerfully as the mysterious and secretive grandfather "Che". Brown and Keitel are the only Americans in the cast. Iben Hjejle (High Fidelity) and Gael Garcia Bernal (Y tu Mama Tambien) offer strong support in key roles.

Truthfully, the first half of the film suffers from stiff delivery of lines, and some overracting, but stay with it. The last half is much better as the events of the revolution combine for the bittersweet, and honest climax. It is the first effort of Juan Gerard, but it is honest as he is and his passion and heart really come through,in this sincere first effort. I would definitely see it again, and hope that he continues his film career.

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