Hemingway biopic Papa
Courtesy of Havana Film Festival

Ernest Hemingway biopic “Papa” has been set for an international premiere on December 5 as part of Havana, Cuba’s 37th International Festival of New Latin Cinema.

Cast members Adrian Sparks, Joely Richardson and Hemingway’s granddaughter Mariel Hemingway are expected to be in attendance. “Papa,” directed by Bob Yari, is the first Hollywood film to shoot on location in Cuba since the 1959 revolution.

The film screened at the Key West International Film Festival on Nov. 19. It centers on a young journalist, Denne Petitclerc, who finds a father figure in Hemingway.

Sparks portrays Hemingway and Richardson plays his fourth wife Mary. Giovanni Ribisi portrays Petitclerc.

The film also stars Minka Kelly, Shaun Toub and James Remar. It was shot in Hemingway’s home Finca Vigia and locations throughout Cuba including La Floridita and Ambos Mundos Hotel.

“Papa” is based on a script by Petitclerc, who died in 2006, and is produced by Amanda Harvey, Michael Pacino, Weezie Melancon and Yari.

Yari was the head of Yari Film Group, which operated between 2002 and 2009, when it filed for bankruptcy protection. Its slate included “Crash,” “The Illusionist,” “The Hoax” and “The Painted Veil.”


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