The Empire of Havana

  • Format TV Series
  • Status Financing
  • Genre Drama | Biographical
  • Audience Adults
  • Rating M
  • Synopsis

    Based on the Enrique Cirules  book “El Imperio de la Habana" and set in the late 1940’s and 1950’s, THE EMPIRE OF HAVANA, uses individual histories, as it narrates the incredible building of a network of extraordinary corruption. Behind an apparently glamorous Havana, known as ‘The Paris of the Caribbean’ we discover how a criminal state was formed in Cuba, where the real power was in the hands of the North American Mafia and the U.S. Secret Services, while the Cuban government as the unpredictable actor was creating the conditions for its own collapse . The characters of The Empire of Havana incarnate an era, a world of gangsters, dreamers, music, sensuality, intrigue and murder.

    By 1957, Meyer Lansky, ‘the financier’ of the U.S. mafia has built, under Lucky Luciano’s orders, a vast network of hotels and casinos to house their criminal enterprises…

    At the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas Lansky first meets a young Cuban croupier named Jaime Casielles. Jaime soon learns first-hand about the Cuban underworld that Lansky is planning to expand with the delight and complicity of President Batista, and a great part in his administration.

    Vito Genovese and the other New York crime bosses, in defiance of Luciano, put pressure on Havana to open up the U.S. cocaine traffic. Lansky must use all his skills and resources to avoid his Cuban empire to be split among the powerful and violent Italian-American crime families.

    A master strategist, Lansky orders the hit on Genovese lieutenant Albert Anastasia in New York, a killing that starts a gang war, taking countless lives in Cuba and the U.S.

    Lansky is left with no choice but to hide in the home of beautiful Carmen Romero, a Cuban girl with whom he fell hopelessly in love. Only Jaime knows his true whereabouts. Not even Joe Stasi or Santo Trafficante, his closest associates, knew anything about this…

    The gang war subsides, but not before Lansky delivers a crippling blow and blows the whistle by tipping the FBI, via a Batista official, about a big mafia summit taking place in New Jersey (the now famous Appalachia raid), where Vito Genovese and other ‘capos’ are temporarily captured and exposed and registered as mafia bosses in the FBI’s files.

    Meanwhile, Lanski must confront the excessive greed of President Batista, which endangers his plan to build fifty additional luxury hotels, a long cherished dream and the biggest project of his life.

    All the while failing to notice that there is an unexpected development on the island, the revolutionary winds of change that will ultimately bring down his EMPIRE OF HAVANA.

Synopsis

Based on the Enrique Cirules  book “El Imperio de la Habana" and set in the late 1940’s and 1950’s, THE EMPIRE OF HAVANA, uses individual histories, as it narrates the incredible building of a network of extraordinary corruption. Behind an apparently glamorous Havana, known as ‘The Paris of the Caribbean’ we discover how a criminal state was formed in Cuba, where the real power was in the hands of the North American Mafia and the U.S. Secret Services, while the Cuban government as the unpredictable actor was creating the conditions for its own collapse . The characters of The Empire of Havana incarnate an era, a world of gangsters, dreamers, music, sensuality, intrigue and murder.

By 1957, Meyer Lansky, ‘the financier’ of the U.S. mafia has built, under Lucky Luciano’s orders, a vast network of hotels and casinos to house their criminal enterprises…

At the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas Lansky first meets a young Cuban croupier named Jaime Casielles. Jaime soon learns first-hand about the Cuban underworld that Lansky is planning to expand with the delight and complicity of President Batista, and a great part in his administration.

Vito Genovese and the other New York crime bosses, in defiance of Luciano, put pressure on Havana to open up the U.S. cocaine traffic. Lansky must use all his skills and resources to avoid his Cuban empire to be split among the powerful and violent Italian-American crime families.

A master strategist, Lansky orders the hit on Genovese lieutenant Albert Anastasia in New York, a killing that starts a gang war, taking countless lives in Cuba and the U.S.

Lansky is left with no choice but to hide in the home of beautiful Carmen Romero, a Cuban girl with whom he fell hopelessly in love. Only Jaime knows his true whereabouts. Not even Joe Stasi or Santo Trafficante, his closest associates, knew anything about this…

The gang war subsides, but not before Lansky delivers a crippling blow and blows the whistle by tipping the FBI, via a Batista official, about a big mafia summit taking place in New Jersey (the now famous Appalachia raid), where Vito Genovese and other ‘capos’ are temporarily captured and exposed and registered as mafia bosses in the FBI’s files.

Meanwhile, Lanski must confront the excessive greed of President Batista, which endangers his plan to build fifty additional luxury hotels, a long cherished dream and the biggest project of his life.

All the while failing to notice that there is an unexpected development on the island, the revolutionary winds of change that will ultimately bring down his EMPIRE OF HAVANA.

  • Director Gabriel Beristain

    Gabriel Beristain is an internationally celebrated Feature film and television Cinematographer with a vast resume of well known films and television shows. Recently he has evolved into directing and as a producer he is developing a solid slate of cross over projects mainly through his Company Vedado Films. 

  • Producer Sacha Rodriguez

    A Producer for over 25 years, In the 90's Sacha established Sydney production house Ha! Ha! GAS and went on to manage large-scale television productions, live concerts and events for MTV networks in America, before completing a Post Graduate at the VCA School of Film and Television to dvelop and produce documentaries feature films,  documentaries and television series.