Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.
Javier Mariscal’s new movie “Chico and Rita” is to premiere at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York on December 11. As part of the festivities Mariscal will speak about its making at Insituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th St. on December 14th.
Read my interview with Mariscal on AIGA VOICE here.
“The film arose as a result of being in love with the city of Havana and with Cuba, places which, due to their historical relationship with Spain, have a great emotional charge for me. Fernando Trueba feels the same as I do about everything Cuban. It is not just a fascination for its architecture, geography and history, but also for its culture, its music and its people. We both wanted to express this love and affection in a film, trying to narrate, by means of a story, how much we have enjoyed it all. We felt that the 1940s and ’50s were a crucial period in its music. They were years of creative explosion in Havana.”
See the trailer here.