The King of Havana


The King Of Havana tells the story of Reinaldo, a teenager recently escaped from a correctional facility; his lack of scruples and sneaky ways his only defence on the mean streets of 1990s Havana during Cuba’s “Special Period”.

As he romps his way around downtown Havana, longing, disillusionment, rum and a good sense of humour are his only company. Until one day, he meets Magda. The two find they have a lot in common and a tragic story of impossible love ensues. Their relationship, marked by tenderness and boundless passion, will push their emotions to the limit, as they search to find a place where they can settle down and start a “normal” family. Meanwhile, the insatiable tropical storm that is everyday life in 1990s Cuba, threatens to wear them down and damage them irreversibly.


  • Silver Seashell 2015 for Best Actress – Yordanka Ariosa at the 63rd San Sebastián International Film Festival
  • Won 4 Gaudí Awards at the 8th Gaudí Awards, Barcelona 2016, for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score and Best Film Editing
  • Nominated for 3 Goya Awards at the 30th Goya Awards, Madrid 2016 for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best New Actress – Yordanka Ariosa


  • 33rd Miami International Film Festival, 2016 – main competition
  • 30th Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico 2016 – main competition



  • 2015 The King of Havana
  • 2011 Black Bread
  • 2000 The Sea
  • 1989 El niño de la luna
  • 1986 In A Glass Cage


Mail David, Yordanka Ariosa, Héctor Medina Valdés, Jean Luis Burgos


Screenplay: Agustí Villaronga
Based on: the novel by Pedro Juan Gutierrez
Cinematography: Josep M. Civit
Editing: Raúl Román
Music: Joan Valent
Producers: Luisa Matienzo, Gabriel Tineo, Celines Toribio, Dan Wechsler
Production: Pandora Cinema, Tusitala Producciones Cinematográficas S.L., Bord Cadre films (CH)

Technical Data

Format: 2.35 : 1
Runtime: 125′
Released: 2015
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English, French


Original title: El Rey de la Habana