Pavel Giroud is a Cuban-born film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his award-winning films, which often explore themes of identity, immigration, and memory.
Giroud was born in Havana, Cuba but moved to Miami, Florida in 2001. He attended the University of Miami, where he majored in Film and Media Studies. After college, he worked as a production assistant and editor in Miami before relocating to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker.
Giroud’s first feature-length film was the critically acclaimed “The Last Suit,” which tells the story of a Holocaust survivor’s journey to find the man who saved his life during World War II. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017 and went on to win several awards, including the Audience Award at the Miami Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Havana Film Festival.
Giroud’s follow-up film, “Havana’s Last Stand,” was released in 2019 and tells the story of a Cuban family struggling to stay together and keep their home in a rapidly changing Havana. The film was well-received at the Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the Grand Prize of the Un Certain Regard section.
In addition to his feature films, Giroud has worked on several short films, including “The Cuban Dream,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Havana Film Festival. He has also directed several documentaries, including “The Cuban Revolution: A People’s History,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Giroud currently resides in Miami and is working on his next feature film, “The Return,” which is set to be released in 2021. He is also an active advocate for Cuban-American rights and is a founding board member of the Miami-based Cuban-American Media Fund.
Through his work, Giroud has become a celebrated figure within the Cuban-American community. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and the Humanitarian Award from the Miami Film Festival. His films continue to be praised for their honest and heartfelt portrayals of Cuban-American life.