Director Anthony Minghella Dead March 18, 2008 “Sons of Cuba” is set in the legendary Havana Boxing Academy, and this is no ordinary institution: This is a boarding school that hand picks nine-year-old boys, and turns them into the best boxers in the world. The results have been stunning: Cuba has dominated Olympic boxing for the past quarter of a century. The boys duties extend far beyond the ring: They are groomed not only as world-class fighters, but also to be international symbols for their country. “Sons of Cuba” follows the stories of three young hopefuls through eight dramatic months of training and schooling as they prepare for the biggest event of their lives: Cuba’s National Boxing Championship for Under-12’s. Anthony Minghella, the Oscar winning British director has died aged 54. He had an operation last week for a growth in his neck which seemed to go well but he had a fatal haemorrhage on Tuesday. Minghella’s films included ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’, ‘Cold Mountain’ and ‘The English Patient’ – for which he won an Oscar for best director in 1997. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1999 for writing ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ screenplay. The director was recently working on a follow up to ‘Paris, je t’aime’ set in America, titled ‘New York, je t’aime’. He also had recently directed an episode of book The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency which is due to be broadcast on BBC One this Easter Sunday.