El Acompañante

  • Directed by Pavel Giroud
  • Panama/France/Colombia/Venezuela/Cuba, 2016, 104 mins., Spanish

Cuba 1988. The Castro regime has established “Los Cocos,” a sanatorium in Havana’s suburbs where HIV patients are confined under military watch and assigned a “companion.” Horacio, a former Olympic boxing champion involved in a doping scandal, must earn his redemption by serving as companion to Daniel, one of Los Cocos’ most defiant patients. A strained relationship between these fallen heroes gradually materializes into one of solidarity and friendship. Winner of the Audience Award at the Miami Film festival. This year’s Cuban submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

 

Filmography: Playing Lecuona (2015), Omerta (2008), The Silly Age (2006), Tres veces dos (2004)