Benicio del Toro to Receive Prize, Screen Film at Havana Festival


_It_s hard to put into words what it means to me that a festival with such a high quality and history like this...


_It_s hard to put into words what it means to me that a festival with such a high quality and history like this one is giving me a prize,_ the actor told state media on his arrival in Havana, a city he has visited several times.

Del Toro, who played Argentine-born revolutionary Ernesto _Che_ Guevara (1928-1967) in the _Che_ films made by American director Steven Soderbergh, said Cuba was important to his career because of the two films.

The films about Che were screened at the film festival in Havana in December 2008 by the Puerto Rican actor, whose role as the Argentine revolutionary won him the best actor prize at Cannes.

Del Toro returned to Cuba in 2011 to direct _El Yuma,_ one of the shorts in _Siete dias en La Habana_ (Seven Days in Havana), a Franco-Spanish co-production.

Del Toro_s latest project tells the story of late Medellin cartel leader Pablo Escobar, a role that won him the Donosti Prize at Spain_s San Sebastian Film Festival.

Latin American Herald Tribune |

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