Hemingway - The Great Blue River

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  • Format Feature Film
  • Status In Development
  • Genre Drama | Biographical
  • Audience Young Adults | Adults
  • Rating M
  • Synopsis

    The Great Blue River is set during Ernest Hemingway’s last three, controversial years of life, when his fame and reputation were long established and could only have been cause for celebration…

    Unquestionably these were tumultuous times. Hemingway had lived in Cuba for over 20 years as resistance to Batista’s tyrannical dictatorship spread revolution through most of the island nation. While on the world scale the cold war intensified.

    The writer's sympathy for the underdog, for those who struggle for justice at a disadvantage, his involvement in past wars and his writing; had already earned him a file at the FBI which Director Hoover himself kept under close personal supervision. By the time the Cuban revolution triumphed, Hemingway had become increasingly wary he was under surveillance by the FBI.

    When his suspicions are dismissed as paranoid delusions, even by his closest friends and family, Hemingway is torn. However, when said suspicions of surveillance are escalated to assertions of harassment by the writer, those closest to him proportionally upgrade his paranoid delusions to mental illness requiring treatment.

    His memories , the ghosts haunting him, the pressures that forced him to leave ‘Finca Vigía’, his home and creative refuge, to return to Idaho to be interned for treatment at the Mayo Clinic. The sporadic moments of lucidity amidst Hemingway’s hallucinations become the reasons for the writer’s concluding gesture of dignity towards himself.

Synopsis

The Great Blue River (working title)

The Great Blue River is set during Ernest Hemingway’s last three, controversial years of life, when his fame and reputation were long established and could only have been cause for celebration…

Unquestionably these were tumultuous times. Hemingway had lived in Cuba for over 20 years as resistance to Batista’s tyrannical dictatorship spread revolution through most of the island nation. While on the world scale the cold war intensified.

The writer's sympathy for the underdog, for those who struggle for justice at a disadvantage, his involvement in past wars and his writing; had already earned him a file at the FBI which Director Hoover himself kept under close personal supervision. By the time the Cuban revolution triumphed, Hemingway had become increasingly wary he was under surveillance by the FBI.

When his suspicions are dismissed as paranoid delusions, even by his closest friends and family, Hemingway is torn. However, when said suspicions of surveillance are escalated to assertions of harassment by the writer, those closest to him proportionally upgrade his paranoid delusions to mental illness requiring treatment.

His memories , the ghosts haunting him, the pressures that forced him to leave ‘Finca Vigía’, his home and creative refuge, to return to Idaho to be interned for treatment at the Mayo Clinic. The sporadic moments of lucidity amidst Hemingway’s hallucinations become the reasons for the writer’s concluding gesture of dignity towards himself.

  • Cast Ron Perlman

    Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions.

    Helen Mirren

    Dame Helen Mirren was born in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. Mirren attended St. Bernards High School for girls, where she would act in school productions. After high school, she began her acting career in theatre working in many productions including in the West End and Broadway.

  • Director Fernando Timossi

    Fernando Timossi, Escritor y Director de Cine Cubano. Inicia su Carrera como asistente de cámara y camarógrafo en 1983, pasando como Asistente al área de Dirección en 1988. Se gradúa como Lic. en Historia de Arte, (Universidad de la Habana) y en 1991en la especialidad de Dirección, de la Escuela Internacional de Cine de San Antonio de los Baños.De su obra como Director de Fotografía; “Cangamba” (Dir. Rogelio París, 2006) y “Sumbe” (Dir. Eduardo Moya, 2010) y como Director, “Blue Moon” (35mm, 30 min)

  • Writer Fernando Timossi

    Fernando Timossi, Escritor y Director de Cine Cubano. Inicia su Carrera como asistente de cámara y camarógrafo en 1983, pasando como Asistente al área de Dirección en 1988. Se gradúa como Lic. en Historia de Arte, (Universidad de la Habana) y en 1991en la especialidad de Dirección, de la Escuela Internacional de Cine de San Antonio de los Baños.De su obra como Director de Fotografía; “Cangamba” (Dir. Rogelio París, 2006) y “Sumbe” (Dir. Eduardo Moya, 2010) y como Director, “Blue Moon” (35mm, 30 min)

  • Producers Gabriel Beristain

    Gabriel Beristain is an internationally celebrated Feature film and television Cinematographer with a vast resume of well known films and television shows. Recently he has evolved into directing and as a producer he is developing a solid slate of cross over projects mainly through his Company Vedado Films. 

    Ron Perlman

    Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions.

  • Documents
    Hemingway - The Great Blue River - Script
    23/07/2020
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