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Posted June 09, 2004 by publisher in Cuban Movies

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Cuban-born Andy Garcia will return to his homeland, in a sense.
The 48-year-old actor will film his new independent movie, “The Lost City,” which is set in Havana, on location in the Dominican Republic, reports the AP. Garcia says he is making the film “for love of my country.”

The story is one of love and betrayal in the 1950s, when Cuba is transitioning from Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship to Fidel Castro’s revolution. Garcia will star alongside Bill Murray, with a Dustin Hoffman cameo.

Garcia, who will also direct, will begin shooting this week.

Garcia’s publicist, Stan Rosenfield says that Garcia chose the Dominican Republic because “there are cultural similarities, architectural thematic similarities and (because of) budgetary concerns.”

Garcia was only five when he and his family were fled the country for America. The actor last starred opposite Ashley Judd in “Twisted” and is currently filming “Ocean’s Twelve,” the sequel to the heist hit “Ocean’s Eleven.”

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 09, 2004 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Strawberry and Chocolate, Havana, Fidel, Havana Nights, The Lost City…

    We always like to watch Cuba movies.

    Imagine the movie making scene in Cuba once the Embargo is lifted! WOW.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on June 29, 2004 by Alejandro Mejia

    this is going to be a great movie, specially since it involves the conflicts of early pre-castro and post-castro. the fact that its being filmed in Dominican republic excites me, because im Dominican myself, but this is not the first movie of cuban background made in Dominican Republic, and it wont be the last.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on July 07, 2004 by luis

    I just saw Andy Garcia, they were shotting at Plaza de Los Heroes. They have a lot of  
    antiques cars, and he was wearing a white tux that make him look like James Bond. He seems to be a really nice guy.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on July 11, 2004 by JC

    I just read Luis posted dd. 7.7.2004 about seeing Andy Garcia filming the Lost City in Dominican Republic. How lucky you are. I wished I was there too. Do you have any more information on this filming? Did you take any photos?

  5. Follow up post #5 added on October 13, 2005 by napo with 2 total posts

    The movie making scene in post-Castro Cuba, as “publisher” calls it, will be very sad. That nation is a total wreck and it will take decades to recover, if indeed it ever does in our lifetimes. If you think this is overly pessimistic, fly over to East Germany and see for yourselves what decades of repression and indoctrination have done to the very bright people of that nation. The Dom. Republic is a good substitute.

  6. Follow up post #6 added on April 28, 2010 by tania with 2 total posts

    I am saddened by websites like this one which in an effort to make money are dishonest and border-line unethical. Do you really think that The Lost City was filmed in the Dominican Republic because “there are cultural similarities, architectural thematic similarities and (because of) budgetary concerns.” The Cuban government or as they like to call themeselves the Cuba State would have NEVER allowed this movie to be filmed in Cuba, NEVER. This type of film provides a kind of alternative narrative of Cuban History that is not in line with the totalitarian regime’s narrative. The fact that Andy Garcia has often spoken against human rights violations in Cuba probably, may have also had something to do with the film having been shot in the Dominican Republic.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on April 30, 2010 by papa with 1 total posts

    garcia choose the DR for similarities. why dosen’t he just say the BS embargo won’t let me film there.

  8. Follow up post #8 added on April 30, 2010 by tania with 2 total posts

    My guess is that this quote is taken out of context. The conversation may have been framed around the question “Why did you film in the DR and not in Puerto Rico, for example?” or something like that. The assumption being that filming in Havana is, of course, out of the question, for a movie like this one. I don’t think the US would have been the problem though (or the embargo). I saw a country music star’s video a couple of years ago that was filmed in Cuba. I think the problem is getting the Cuban government’s permission to do it. To begin with, I don’t think Andy Garcia would be given an entry visa, not after his open and frequent declarations against human rights violations in Cuba after 1959.

  9. Follow up post #9 added on April 30, 2010 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    The embargo have nothing to do with filming in DR. The Castro Goverment would never allow Andy Garcia to film in Havana. Not at least until the Castros are gone.
    I’m sure that Andy would film in Havana once the Castros are gone.

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