Chico and Rita

Synopsis & Film Details

From the collaboration between the Oscar-winning director of Belle Époque and Spain’s most legendary illustrator, the animated romance Chico & Rita celebrates the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion, and heartbreak. In 1940s Cuba, Chico is a young piano player with big dreams, and Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their hopes and each other from Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood, and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by Cuban pianist and Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdés, the film captures a defining moment in the evolution of jazz. Featuring the music of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and more. In Spanish, with English subtitles.

Before the movie, Filmworks will present four festival awards, including juried awards for Best Short Film and the third annual John Kelly Award for Excellence in Cinematography, as well as audience awards for Best Short Film and Best Feature Film.

Screening sponsor: Fajita Fiesta