NETFLIX AND CUBAN CRIME:
Four Seasons in Havana slowly revolves through the year, as wistful detective Mario
Conde probes the sultry heart of the city to investigate dark and deadly
crimes. Four Seasons in Havana is a Spanish/Cuban production. The series features police detective Mario Conde, who’d rather be a writer, and is based on Leonardo Padura’s Havana Quartet, his four Conde novels.
Adapting Leonardo Padura’ Havana-set crime novels, ‘Four Seasons’ represents the first TV production sold by Wild Bunch and produced by Spain’s Tornasol. In many ways, Cuban crime thriller “Four Seasons in Havana,” a four-part mini-series, is a first. “Four Seasons in Havana” is also the first Caribbean Noir. It adapts Leonardo Padura four crime novels published over 1991-98, taking in Cuba’s Special Period, when it was plunged into penury by the break-up of the Soviet Union, and an end to Soviet aid.
Written by Lucia Lopez Coll and Padura and directed by Spain’s Felix Viscarret (“Under the Stars”), “Four Seasons in Havana” pits the color, music, sensuality and rambunctiousness of Cuba against not only crime and corruption in high places but, in Jorge Perugorria’s cornerstone performance as Captain Mario Conde, the overwhelming solitude of a romantic condemned to affairs, who dreams of marriage and family, though he knows it will never happen. Few gumshoes, in the final analysis, are so melancholy.
Read an interview with Padura and Viscarret about the show and adaptation in Variety.
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