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.

Press reviews

“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.

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.

Festivals and awards


  • Rotterdam International Film Festival 2014- Official Selection
  • MoMA Fortnight Documentary 2014
  • Chicago International Film Festival 2014- Official Selection
  • Moscow International Film Festival 2014- Official Selection
  • Cali International Film Festival – Best Film
  • DOCSDF Documentary Film Festival 2014- Best Latin American Film
  • MiradasDoc International Film Festival – Best Film
  • Jeonju International Film Festival 2014 – Special Jury Award
  • DocumentaMadrid 2014
  • IBAFF 2014- Official Selection
  • New Orleans Film Festival 2016- Best Documentary
  • Vancouver Latin American Film Festival 2015
  • Festival Internacional Cinemateca Uruguaya 2014
  • Trinidad y Tobago International Film Festival 2014
  • RDOC 2015- Best Caribbean Film

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

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