CFF14: Chico & Rita


The Main 3 Wed, Apr 5 7:00 PM
Film Info
Original Title:Chico & Rita
Program:Cuban Film Festival
Release Year:2010
Runtime:94 min
Print Source:GKids
Director:Fernando Trueba
Javier Mariscal
Tono Errando
Producer:Fernando Trueba
Javier Mariscal
Tono Errando
Steve Christian
Marc Samuelson
Cinematographer:Animation Direction: Manolo Galiana
Character Creative Direction: Bojan Pantellic
Screenwriter:Fernando Trueba
Ignacio Martínez de Pisón
Editor:Arnau Quiles
Composer:Songs performed by:
Bebo Valdés
Idania Valdés. Estrella Morente
Freddy Cole
Jimmy Heath
Pedrito Martínez
Michael Phillip Mossman
Amadito Valdés
Germán Velazco
Yarolid Abreu
Rolando Luna
Principal Cast:Starring the voices of
Limara Meneses
Emar Xor Oña
Mario Guerra


Showing with the US Premiere of Golden Strings (Cuerdas de Oro), honoring the life and artistic career of legendary “Niño” Rivera, for his musical talent as a “tres” player, composer, songwriter, and arranger, who influenced many artists in the 1950’s in Cuba. His daughter Gloria Niña Rivera, a well-known singer based in Minnesota performing with the group Salsa del Soul, produced the film and will be in attendance to comment about her father and sing "El Jamaiquino."

About Chico & Rita

Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Calle 54) and Spain’s legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate their passion for the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion, and heartbreak.

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy®-winning composer Bebo Valdés, Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others.

About Minnesota Cuban Film Festival

The 14th Minnesota Cuban Film Festival (MCFF) features films that address the achievements and challenges of the Cuban people through the eyes of its filmmakers. The festival highlights diverse and challenging films of social change, human struggle and the boldness of the human spirit. Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM, March 1-April 5, 2023