Latin American and Spanish film festival: Chico Y Rita

  • 1/31/2013 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Movie/Film

Latin American and Spanish film festival: Chico Y RitaJoin us for the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival, celebrate the culture and the language, and expand your understanding of world cinema!

For the fourth night of the film festival, Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Assistant Professor of Music, presents an animated love story and introduces us to the music, culture, and people of Cuba:

Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and Barcelona designer and artist Javier Mariscal have teamed up to make CHICO AND RITA, an animated love story starring the music, culture, and people of Cuba.

When dashing piano player Chico meets beautiful Havana nightclub singer Rita, sparks fly and they fall madly in love. Their romance unfolds as they perform on the glamorous stages of 1940s-1950s Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood, and Paris. Accompanying them is an amazing soundtrack featuring the music of jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie and Freddy Cole (brother of Nat King Cole), performed by a range of contemporary musicians, including Idania Valds, Carlos Sarduy Horacio Hernndez, Rolando Luna, Germn Velazco, Jorge Reyes, and Chano Pozo.

CHICO AND RITA pays tribute to a vibrant and colorful time in the history of Cuba and jazz.

(Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal & Tono Errando, 94 minutes, Animation, 2010, Spanish and English with English subtitles)

Sponsored by a grant from the Spanish Film Club, the Blythe Bickel Edwards fund, Latin American Studies Program, Bowdoin Film Society, Department of Romance Languages, Latin American Student Organization, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and Department of Music.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with United States' Universities.