The Cuban



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Ticket Prices
General Public:$12.00
Film Info
Program:New Releases
Virtual Cinema
Release Year:2019
Runtime:109 min
Festivals & Awards:Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival - Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Whistler Film Festival - Best Cinematography
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Dada Films / Brainstorm Media
Director:Sergio Navarretta
Producer:Taras Koltun
Alessandra Piccione
Ana Golja
Sergio Navarretta
Cinematographer:Celiana Cárdenas
Screenwriter:Alessandra Piccione
Editor:Jane MacRae
Principal Cast:Louis Gossett Jr.
Ana Golja
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Lauren Holly
Giacomo Gianniotti


MSP Film Presents Virtual Cinema!

We are partnering with independent distributor Dada Films / Brainstorm Media to bring an alternative online experience to film fans in our community for home viewing!

Your ticket purchase directly benefits MSP Film Society during these challenging times, thank you!

Live Q&A August 1 at 6:00pm (CST)

Join us on Saturday, August 1 for a Q&A panel that includes Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr., actress Ana Golja, director Sergio Navarretta, and writer Alessandra Piccione. Moderated by Janelle Riley, Deputy Awards and Features Editor at Variety.

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About the Film

A musical journey of love, friendship and the power of the imagination. When a naïve pre-med student gets her first job in a nursing home, an unexpected friendship with Luis, an elderly Cuban musician, reignites her love of music and changes her life forever.

Nineteen year-old Mina Ayoub is a pre-med student who has given up her dream of becoming a singer. Orphaned as a baby in Afghanistan, Mina’s grandfather sent her to Canada at the age of eight to live with a lone aunt, Bano.

A former doctor herself, Bano wants nothing more than to see her own dreams fulfilled through her niece, and she pressures her to pursue a career in medicine. Although she dutifully complies, Mina’s heart isn’t in it, and she longs to return to a better time when, as a child, she and her grandfather would sing and play music together. Thanks to Bano, Mina has a part-time job in a long term care home. But she has trouble finding her footing under the watchful eye of her tough supervisor, Nurse Baker.

Then, she meets Luis.

Luis is one of Mina’s most enigmatic patients – he has dementia and Alzheimer’s and spends his time in a wheelchair in a quiet corner of the room, retreated inside his own mind. He has no visitors, and Mina can relate to his solitude. They say he doesn’t have long, that his condition has advanced rapidly, and that Mina shouldn’t expect him to recognize her from one day to the next. But then, there’s the music.

A poster of Benny More inspires Mina to hum a jazz tune that, to her surprise, ignites a spark inside him. As each day passes the music awakens Luis more and more until the colourful world of his past becomes vibrant and real again. Luis reacts, reminisces, dances, reveals his incredible life as a famous musician in Cuba, and talks about the one great love who was left behind. As their friendship blossoms, Mina gradually comes into her own and even begins to enjoy life and friends and a new boyfriend. Through Luis, Mina remembers her grandfather back home, and reconnects with her own love of music.

But as Luis becomes more and more awake to the world, tensions rise at the nursing home. Mina is seen as a disturbance, her job is threatened and Bano has little time for her behaviour. At the same time, Luis’ estranged son, Michael, announces his plans to move Luis into palliative care. Desperate to help him out of his isolation, Mina resolves to break Luis out of the home and, with the help of her friends, grants him his one last wish to ‘return’ to Cuba and perform on stage again.


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