“Castro’s Daughter” film to be directed by British filmmaker Michael Radford

07/07/2011 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment


Nilo Cruz wrote screenplay with Bobby Moresco

British filmmaker, Michael Radford has attached himself to direct Mankind Entertainment’s upcoming, true-life historical drama, Castro’s Daughter.
Radford will bring his masterful vision to the film, which follows the amazing, true life story of Alina Fernandez—the exiled daughter of Cuba’s former communist leader, Fidel Castro. After years of disagreements with Castro, Fernandez courageously escaped her homeland of Cuba disguised as a Spanish tourist; she later wrote her international bestselling memoir, Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba. Fernandez, now a global icon, holds lectures at colleges in the U.S, and worldwide; and commentates for cable news shows, Fox and CNN routinely.
The screenplay was written by Bobby Moresco, who won an Oscar and BAFTA for co-writing Crash in 2005; and Cuban playwright: Nilo Cruz (‘Anna in the Tropics’), who won the Pulitzer Prize and Steinberg awards in 2003. Daughter is being produced by Mankind’s John Torres Martinez, and Joe Lamy.Radford, a classical favorite, reached acclaim with his film adaptation of George Orwell’s novel, 1984. He later went on to direct his most famous work, Il Postino; a world renowned, Italian-set love story which garnered him two Oscar nominations for Best Directing and Best Screenplay, two BAFTA wins for Directing and Best Film (non English), and a David di Donatello nomination for Best European Film. His film took an Oscar for Best Music, two BAFTA’s for Best Film (non-English) and Best Music.

Mankind Entertainment is a specialty film company founded by Austin, TX based producers John Torres Martinez, and Joe Lamy; for the rights acquisition, financing, development and production of feature film—the company focuses primarily on award-driven content.

Mankind Entertainment also picked up the film rights to, and are currently developing Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer prize winning, Broadway hit, Anna in the Tropics; Writer/Director Lee Daniels (‘Precious’) is developing the screenplay with Cruz.

The company’s first two films are set up at William Morris Endeavor’s Global Finance and Distribution unit for packaging, financing and sales.

Source: LatinHeat

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