Cuban telenovela in which the sea is protagonist


Maya Quiroga reports on a new telenovela, En fin el mar [Finally, the sea] that began airing on the Cubavisión Channel on January 22, 2018.  The show—directed by Carmelo Rubio and written by Eurídice Charadán and Osvaldo Huerta—was shot in natural settings around Cojímar, Havana, and Batabanó, in the Mayabeque province. Quiroga writes:

One of the great attractions of this telenovela will undoubtedly be its visuality, typical of a coastal and undersea landscape. This was made possible thanks to the director of photography Eddy Quintero Bermúdez.

The production team appreciates the collaboration provided at all times by the people of the port of Batabanó, where fishing is part of daily life. By the same token, they want to acknowledge the fishermen for all the help they provided during filming, often under difficult conditions, which is typical for such a complex production in the selected locations.

“There were days when five or six fishing boats were made available to us. The soap opera actors mingled with the fishermen and looked like seamen. It was a very nice job. We arrived at 7:30 in the morning. We were in the sea at 8 in the morning, we returned around 5 or 6 o’clock in the afternoon and we went back to Havana because we did not have a place to stay,” says Carmelo Rubio, CEO of En fin El mar.

The title of this series refers to a poem by Nicolás Guillén and it serves as a pretext to pay homage to the Cuban fishermen and the brotherhood that exists between them. Writers Eurídice Charadán and Osvaldo Huerta researched the subject for about five years in order to show the life of fishing villages in the most natural, colloquial, and organic way possible. That is why you can see the work of the fish cleaners and scalers, among other specialists responsible for processing marine products. [. . .]

[Translated by Ivette Romero.] For the original report (in Spanish), see

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