Hotel Nueva Isla

A film by Irene Gutiérrez and Javier Labrador

Don Quixote in Havana

The formerly luxurious Hotel Nueva Isla, Cuba, now in ruins, is a shelter for people living on the fringes of society. Jorge, a solitary government official who is losing his memory, refuses to leave: he remains convinced that treasures, hidden by the hotel’s original owners, lie waiting within its walls.

Director’s Bio

Irene Gutiérrez graduated in Documentary Filmmaking at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV, Havana, Cuba). Her works as director and cinematographer have been exhibited in different international film festivals. She’s currently working as a freelance filmmaker between Spain and Cuba and is also head of the Documentary Department in the EICTV.

Press Quotes

“A delicate and confident evocation of decay and near-squalor in the vein of Portugal’s maestro of minimalism, Pedro Costa” Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter.

Original Title

Hotel Nueva Isla




Irene Gutiérrez and Javier Labrador


Spain, Cuba / 2014 / 75 min / Spanish

Technical data

HD / Dolby SR  / 1:1.85 / Color

Available subtitles

English, French

Production company

El Viaje Films, Producciones de la 5ta Avenida

Executive producer

José A. Alayón, Claudia Calviño


Irene Gutiérrez, Javier Labrador, Lorenzo Mora


Carlos García

Director of photography

Javier Labrador


Lorenzo Mora

Festivals and awards


  • Rotterdam IFF
  • Chicago IFF
  • Moscow IFF
  • Cali IFF – Best Film
  • DOCSDF – Best Latin American Film
  • MiradasDoc – Best Film
  • Jeonju IFF – Special Jury Award
  • DocumentaMadrid