Cuba-set “Chico & Rita” wins European Film Award

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Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita,” a co-production between stu­dios in Spain and the Isle of Man, won the Euro­pean Film Award on Sat­ur­day in the cat­e­gory of Ani­mated Fea­ture Film.

Directed by Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal and Fer­nando Trueba, Chico & Rita is set in 1948 Cuba. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beau­ti­ful singer with an extra­or­di­nary voice.

Music and roman­tic desire unites them, but their jour­ney — in the tra­di­tion of the Latin bal­lad, the bolero — brings heartache and tor­ment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hol­ly­wood and Las Vegas, two pas­sion­ate indi­vid­u­als bat­tle impos­si­ble odds to unite in music and love.

The 96-minute film was writ­ten by Trueba, Igna­cio Mar­tinez de Pison and Bebo Valdes. Cristina Huete, Santi Errando, Michael Rose and Mar­tin Pope were the producers.

Also nom­i­nated in the cat­e­gory were Le Chat du Rab­bin (The Rabbi’s Cat), France, directed by Antoine Delesvaux and Joann Sfar; and Une Vie de Chat (A Cat in Paris), France/Belgium, directed by Jean-Loup Feli­ci­oli and Alain Gagnol.

Pre­sented by the Euro­pean Film Acad­emy, the 24th Euro­pean Film Awards were held in Berlin.

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