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Searching for Pink Smoke

Searching for  Pink Smoke

Pink Smoke is the working title of this story set in the majestic Viñales Valley, a kind of tropical equivalent to Monument Valley, where several anthological westerns have been shot.

Pink Smoke owes its name to what triggers the plot: a tobacco plantation in Viñales has begun to produce a tobacco leaf of exquisite aroma and pink smoke that leads to a violent clash of interests.

The locations chosen by Daranas for the story are several of the most beautiful Cuban landscapes. No wonder Viñales is a much sought after tourist destination, especially during the winter months when tobacco plantations appear in all their splendor giving a unique stamp to the world famous valley thanks to its steep-sided karst hills known as mogotes.

Daranas has said that the project has only recently begun to take its first steps and that they are now in the preparation stage. But after the favorable reception of his first two films, it is not surprising that Cuban viewers are already impatient for Pink Smoke to hit the big screen.   Ernesto Daranas, is one of Cuba’s best known film directors, whose film The Broken Gods, 2009 (Los dioses rotos) won widespread critical acclaim and several awards. Other moves he has directed include ¿La vida en rosa? (2004), Los últimos gaiteros de La Habana (2004) and most recently Conduct (2014). He is an important Cuban television and radio critic.

February 2014

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