Habanos, Cinema and Celebs


The preview of British film Cosiduring the 12th Habano Festival, attended by the movie’s director Christopher Menaul, producer Stephen Evans and 

actress Mia Maestro, has been just another of the event’s artistic highlights.


The opportunity of this exclusive preview of what will eventually pan out to be a major box-office blockbuster after the motion picture is finally in the can some six weeks from now, has been an exceptional moment, a true gift for all people attending the 12th Habano Festival.


Based on the plot, the movie spins a yarn of fluctuating fates bound together by love, featuring a great

screenplay and visual atmosphere, let alone magnificent direction, production, performances and the fabulous encore of Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart’s most admired and lyrical opera, shrouded by a light touch of cynicism that clinches great acclaim among the contemporary audiences.


The critical curve of the main characters unfolds during the rehearsals and just when the participants come together and whisper. The film recreates this much –like in the opera itself- while Mozart’s music underscores the drama of the comedy. In the same breath, the plots of love and betrayal start unraveling.


The movie was presented by director Christopher Menaul, who admitted he was extremely happy for being in Cuba.

Lauded producer Stephen Evans, with 11 Oscar nominations and two statuettes under his belt, and actress Mia Maestro, well known in Cuba for her role in the Motorcycle Diary flick –she played the Chichina Ferreira character, Ernesto Che Guevara’s first girlfriend- also thanked the special invitation to visit the island nation and attend the 


To top it all off, there was a magnificent cocktail party held at the fancy 1830 restaurant, spiced up with habanos, Martell cognac and all these celebrities.