Gravitas Ventures is releasing the very first English-language horror film shot in Cuba, Havana Darkness, a U.S.-Bulgarian co-production filmed on location in NYC and Havana and loosely based on the contents of a legendary manuscript that is said to have been penned by none other than Ernest Hemingway during his Cuban days.
“Although Havana Darkness is not really based on true events, it does flirt with many real elements. Studying Hemingway and his personal life, his own personal conflicts and his late motives were most definitely an inspiration for the film,” says director Guillermo Ivan. “I would describe it as a suspenseful thriller with horror elements. It is the struggle for survival that triggers the dramatic action. The most provoking idea behind Havana Darkness is that it really makes you question why are some people attracted by violence. Extreme violence. What is it that moves them?”
Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Ivan directs for production companies Open Frames and Golden Ceiba. The story is by Ivan, Loris Curci, and Magarditch Halvadjian; with Barry Keating penning the screenplay. Starring genre favourites Jack Dimich and Zach Rose, and video game superstar Carolina Ravassa of Overwatch.
Available in the U.S. from February 5, 2019, on DVD, Blu-ray & selected VOD platforms.