Script for Spanish-language pic is by Cantet and Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura.
“Itaca” is set on a rooftop terrace in present-day Havana. It begins at dusk with the unexpected re-appearance of Amadeo after a 16-year exile.
Over one night, Amadeo and his childhood friends retrace their lives, gradually revealing their doubts, secrets and broken dreams.
Didar Domehri, Gael Nouaille and Laurent Baudens will produce for their Paris-based Full House.
“Itaca,” which is currently casting Cuban actors, is tying down financing and is scheduled to go into production late this year.
Cantet said pic will shoot on a rooftop terrace in Havana facing the sea on one side, a sea of rooftops on the other, with kids playing, mothers talking, men killing a pig, youngsters having a party.