Giovanni Ribisi

In the past month alone, two biopics (The Program and I Saw the Light) have come out that followed the tired biopic formula. Showing a person’s life in a span of two hours isn’t easy — and, in some cases, isn’t even necessary — but biopics that zero in on a specific time in a person’s life, to let that one event or a small series of events speak for the figure, tend to be the bio films that stand out. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba is doing just that, focusing on Ernest Hemingway’s time in Cuba.

Luckily for director Bob Yari, he actually got to tell this Cuba-set story in Cuba, making this the first American feature film shot there in over 45 years.

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