May 13, 2008 / 5:36 AM / in 10 years

Writer Moresco plans feature on Castro's daughter

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Writer-producer Bobby Moresco, who won an Oscar for co-writing “Crash,” is teaming with Austin-based Artists Relations Group to bring to the big screen the story of Alina Fernandez, the only daughter of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Fidel Castro's daughter Alina Fernandez before a news conferencat the National Press Club in Washington, April 29, 2003. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Moresco might also direct the project.

Fernandez, a product of an affair Castro had while married to his first wife, spent her childhood in the shadows, learning only at age 10 that the man who visited her at night and whom she saw on TV every day was her father. In 1993, Fernandez disguised herself as a Spanish tourist and fled first to Spain, then to the U.S., where she has been living in exile ever since. Fernandez is recognized worldwide as one of the most outspoken of Castro’s relatives.

The producers do not plan to do a biopic or a simple escape story but envision a multiplot story a la “Crash” that will illustrate the Cuban and American perspectives and ideologies along with Fernandez’s story. Her memoir will serve as inspiration.

“For the last 20 years, I have been trying to show what is going in my country, trying to make people be a little more aware of how glorious we are and how many limitations we have,” Fernandez told The Hollywood Reporter. “We are your neighbors, yet you know so little about us. It’s going to be a good opportunity to show (audiences).”

Fernandez will be involved in the film as a story consultant as well as with media relations for the project.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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