Hemingway - To Have Not

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

    To Have Not is set during Ernest Hemingway’s last, 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.

     

    Ideal Cast: Toni Colette, Helen Mirren, Ron Perlman.

Synopsis

To Have Not (working title)

To Have Not is set during Ernest Hemingway’s last, 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.

 

Ideal Cast: Toni Colette, Helen Mirren, Ron Perlman.

  • Director Fernando Timossi

    Fernando Timossi, is a writer and director of Cuban Cinema. He began his career as a camera assistant and cameraman in 1983, advancing to Assistant Director in 1988. He graduated with a BA in Art History, (University of Havana) and in 1991 with a Specialty of Direction, from the International School of Cinema of San Antonio de los Baños. His works include "Cangamba"  where he was Director of Photography; (Dir. Rogelio París, 2006) and "Sumbe" (Dir. Eduardo Moya, 201

  • Writer Fernando Timossi

    Fernando Timossi, is a writer and director of Cuban Cinema. He began his career as a camera assistant and cameraman in 1983, advancing to Assistant Director in 1988. He graduated with a BA in Art History, (University of Havana) and in 1991 with a Specialty of Direction, from the International School of Cinema of San Antonio de los Baños. His works include "Cangamba"  where he was Director of Photography; (Dir. Rogelio París, 2006) and "Sumbe" (Dir. Eduardo Moya, 201

  • 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 - To Have Not - Script in Spanish
    01/07/2020
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    Hemingway - To Have Not - Script
    23/07/2020
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