Penelope Cruz: Cubans not free to talk

Spanish star Penelope Cruz said Cubans were not free to talk frankly when she was making a new film about the communist island’s biggest modern heroes. “The people there are fantastic,” she told reporters at the Venice film festival, where the thriller was premiered. “They have values and a big heart and extraordinary humility. But it was difficult to get correct information from them... I didn’t feel a great freedom when they had to share their real feelings and that worried me,” she added. “In 2019, people should be free to express their feelings.” The Cuban authorities at first refused French director Olivier Assayas permission to shoot the extraordinary story of the men, known as the “Cuban Heroes” on the island. And when they finally relented, he said the secret police were never far.