Chico and Rita

Chico and Rita
Director: Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando

Spain, UK, animation, 2010, 94 min
Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young prominent piano player with big dreams. His partner Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey brings heartache and torment. With an original soundtrack by the legendary Cuban pianist, bandleader and composer Bebo Valdés, Chico and Rita – through unveiling dramatic life stories – captures a definitive moment in the evolution of jazz music.
About the directors:
Fernando Trueba was born in 1955 in Madrid, Spain. He is a multi-award-winning writer, director and producer. His film “The Beautiful Era” (Belle Epoque, 1992) won the Oscar and BAFTA for Foreign Language Film. Trueba debuted in Hollywood with the romantic comedy “Two Much”, starring Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and Daryl Hannah, but then he returned to his native Spain and netted many Goya awards. He is also a known film critic for the leading Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Javier Mariscal was born in Valencia, Spain in 1950. He studied philosophy at university in Valencia from 1967 until 1970 before enrolling at the School of Graphic Design in Barcelona. He is a well-known artist and designer, working in multiple fields including illustration, graphics, comicbooks, paintings, animation and design.
Section: Music Moves the World

Screenplay: Fernando Trueba, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón

Music: Bebo Valdés