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The King of Havana (2015)

El rey de La Habana (original title)
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Recently escaped from reformatory, young Reinaldo struggles to get by in the streets of Havana in the late 90s, one of the worst decades for Cuban society. Hopes, disillusionment, rum, good... See full summary »

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Agustí Villaronga
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maikol David Maikol David ... Reynaldo, the King (as Maykol David Tortoló)
Yordanka Ariosa ... Magda
Héctor Medina ... Yunisleidi
Ileana Wilson Ileana Wilson ... Fredesbinda
José María Kimbo José María Kimbo ... Gravedigger (as José María Sánchez)
Chanel Terrero Chanel Terrero ... Yamilé
Jonathan Maravilla Jonathan Maravilla
Lia Chapman ... Daysi
Jazz Vilá ... Raulito
Reina Oviedo Reina Oviedo
Daniel Luciano Daniel Luciano
Luis Orlando Olarreaga Luis Orlando Olarreaga
Yessica Ramos Quezada Yessica Ramos Quezada
Hamlet Hiraldo Frías Hamlet Hiraldo Frías
Jean Luis Burgos Jean Luis Burgos ... Nelson
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Recently escaped from reformatory, young Reinaldo struggles to get by in the streets of Havana in the late 90s, one of the worst decades for Cuban society. Hopes, disillusionment, rum, good humor and above all hunger, accompany him in his wanderings, until he meets Magda and Yunisleidy, survivors like himself. In one or the other's arms, he will try to escape the material and moral misery surrounding him, living love, passion, tenderness and uninhibited sex to the limit. Written by lament

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16 October 2015 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Der König von Havanna See more »

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€40,526 (Spain), 16 October 2015, Limited Release
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The painting depicting a lady in red, which in the movie is supposed to be a rare Pablo Picasso painting, was done by Manolo Campoamor, acclaimed multimedia artist and former singer of influential proto- punk Spanish band Kaka de Luxe, See more »

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King of Nowhere
15 April 2017 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

«The King of La Habana» revives the old debate between literature and cinema. I remember when I finished reading Pedro Juan Gutiérrez's homonymous novel I was extremely moved and impressed because I felt that the plot, the characters and the pain that emerges from the drama, all came from somebody who absolutely knew what he described. When I learned that Catalan filmmaker Agustí Villaronga --who showed his inclination towards shocking realism since his first work «In a Glass Cage» (1987) and made the exceptional «Aro Tolbukhin - In the Mind of the Killer» (2002), and whose «Black Bread» (2010) won seven Goya awards, including best film, direction and script (by Villaronga himself)—I feared that something was not going to work. Considering the admiration the literary source has and the director's reputation, the film had little resonance when released in 2015, and now that I have seen it I understand why. Villaronga is undoubtedly a very competent filmmaker, and, as he proved in "Black Bread", his film transcended the incidental because of his knowledge of the environment and the distinctive features of his own culture. Unfortunately, as with the Irish film «Viva», I perceived again a superficial approach to Cuba and its people, but while the melodrama of the transvestite boy and his boxer father appealed to the spectator's sentimentality, in «The King of La Habana» everything is so dehumanized, scabrous, libidinous and violent that I found no emotional or intellectual connection to what was described. I must state that Pedro Juan Gutierrez's novel is scabrous, libidinous, violent and much more, but it is so human, so painfully pertaining to the city and so deeply Cuban, that its reading strikes you, confronts you and moves you. To top it off Villaronga tried to "rebuild" the neighborhood of Centro Habana and its surroundings in the Dominican Republic, with a mixed result: if Santo Domingo can function as a surrogate La Habana for someone who does not know it, for those who do know how beautiful the Cuban capital is, even in spite of its wear and misery, the film lacks the magic of the city, which strangely evidences dignity and elegance amid its scarcity and ruin. There are some effective sequences (especially the last one, from the cyclone up to the ending) and good cinematography in compensation, but the acting is disparate, between the histrionic limitations of Maikol David Tortoló as Reynaldo "the King", to the powerful performance by Yordanka Ariosa as prostitute Magda, while Héctor Medina (again, as in "Viva", in the role of a transvestite) should avoid typecasting. At the end one cannot help but feel that a good film opportunity was missed. 3/10.


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