There have been a number of AIDS-themed films over the years, but you’ll hardly find one quite like “The Companion.” This story of an unlikely friendship in a uniquely Cuban setting provides a fascinating window to the past. And with the film’s selection as the official Cuban entry for the Oscars, director Pavel Giroud hopes to share its empathetic message to the world. Recently, I caught up with Giroud to discuss his inspirations for the film and its historical premise. Below is an edited version of our chat.
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