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Andy Garcia to Shoot ‘The Lost City’ Movie about Havana Cuba

Posted June 09, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Culture.


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.”

Member Comments

On June 09, 2004, publisher wrote:

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.

On June 29, 2004, Alejandro Mejia wrote:

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.

On July 07, 2004, luis wrote:

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.

On July 11, 2004, JC wrote:

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?

On October 13, 2005, napo wrote:

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.

On April 28, 2010, tania wrote:

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.

On April 30, 2010, papa wrote:

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

On April 30, 2010, tania wrote:

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.

On April 30, 2010, Yeyo wrote:

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.