Cine Latino: Benicio Del Toro Directs in Cuba; Demián Bichir and Bérénice Bejo Receive SAG Noms and Noomi Rapace Talks Learning Spanish

Cine Latino: Benicio Del Toro Directs in Cuba; Demián Bichir and Bérénice Bejo Receive SAG Noms and Noomi Rapace Talks Learning Spanish

Dec 16, 2011

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Puerto Rican actor-turned-director Benicio Del Toro recently screened his latest film project in Cuba, Seven Days in Havana, a French-Spanish production made up of seven shorts. Del Toro directed the first short entitled To Yuma (The American), a story that follows a young American actor (Hunger GamesJosh Hutcherson) trying to break into the film industry who travels to Cuba for a film festival.

While promoting the film during a press conference in Havana, Del Toro said the experience was so rewarding he plans to continue directing.

“To see the motivation of all the artists, working 14 hours a day, to see the confidence they had in me, the collaboration between everything, is something very special. It's an experience that motivates me to dream of trying it again,” said Del Toro.

Watch Hutcherson and Del Toro talk about shooting Seven Days in Havana.


Del Toro isn’t the only one making headlines -- Mexican actor Demián Bichir, who comes from a prominent acting family, received his second SAG nomination. Bilchir is up for best actor in a leading role for his work in A Better Life. Others nominated in that category include George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jean Dujardin and Brad Pitt. Bichir received his first nomination in 2009 as a member of the Weeds ensemble.

Argentinian actress Bérénice Bejo is also stirring up a lot of buzz with her recent SAG and Golden Globe nominations for The Artist. Bejo, who is married to director Michel Hazanavicius, is up for best supporting actress. The silent film has been well-received since Cannes this year with talks of a best picture Oscar nomination. Kudos to this talented couple.

Noomi RapacaIn her first English-speaking role, Swedish/Spanish actress Noomi Rapace, who gained international fame for her role as Lisbeth Salandar in the Swedish film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, plays a mysterious Gypsy in the action flick Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. In an exclusive interview with, Rapace admits to wanting to learn Spanish, candidly talks about her favorite weapon of choice and her thoughts on David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Here are a few highlights:

On her Spanish father and learning Spanish: "I didn’t grow up with my daddy. I didn’t know him. I grew up with my Icelandic daddy so I speak Icelandic. I do love the Spanish language and I would love to learn, actually my son wants to learn so we might do that together."

On the possibility of playing Lisbeth again: “I did everything I could in three movies and I’m finished… I don’t feel like I own her.”

On her fighting spirit: “I like to fight. [Laughs] I trained a lot. I did kickboxing and Thai boxing five days a week for seven months for Lisbeth [in GWTDT]. It was very intense but it woke up my fighting spirit and I continue to enjoy it.

Click here for the full interview.

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