The Companion

The Companion / El Acompañante   |   Saturday 10th September  9pm


Cuba 1988. The Castro regime has established “Los Cocos”, a sanatorium in Havana’s suburbs where HIV patients are confined under military watch and assigned a “companion”. A boxing champion involved in a doping scandal must earn his redemption by serving as companion to Daniel, one of Los Cocos’ most defiant patients. A strained relationship between these fallen heroes gradually materialises into one of solidarity and friendship

Feature, Cuba/Panama/France/Colombia/Venezuela, 2015, Dir. Pavel Giroud, 104 min, Spanish with English subtitles

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Restricted to persons aged 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult.

Director: Pavel Giroud

Pavel Giroud was born in Havana and graduated from Cuba’s High Institute of Design. His first feature The Silly Age (2006) was selected Best Cuban Film of the Year by the Cuban Critics Association. The screenplay for The Companion (2015), his third feature, won the Best Project Award at San Sebastian’s Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.