Giovanni Ribisi Hangs With Hemingway in First Hollywood Film Shot in Cuba Since 1959

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Adrian Sparks plays the literary icon in PAPA: Hemingway in Cuba, Eliza Berman reports for  Time.

It’s been more than half a century since a Hollywood movie was filmed in Cuba, so perhaps it’s only fitting that the first one shot there since the Cuban Revolution would be about an American who adopted the country as his home: Ernest Hemingway. PAPA: Hemingway in Cuba tells the story of a young Miami journalist, played by Giovanni Ribisi, spending time with the aging writer in and around Havana in the late 1950s. And although the late Denne Bart Petitclerc penned the autobiographical script more than a decade ago, getting it made against the backdrop of the U.S. embargo against Cuba required years of dedicated effort by director Bob Yari.

The clip above offers a look at Ribisi’s character Ed Myers, a stand-in for Petitclerc, after a fan letter to his…

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