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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