Chico and Rita is a British-Spanish film that will be open for public viewing next month, after making its rounds through recent film festivals. An animated love story created by Oscar-winning Spanish director Fernando Trueba and award-winning Spanish designer Javier Mariscal, the film captures the evolution of jazz (late 1940s to early 1950s) and the early era of political unrest in Cuba, and transports viewers to the Havana, Paris, New York, Hollywood and Vegas of old. Featurning music from some of the biggest names in jazz such as Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Freddy Cole and Cuban jazz panist Bebo Valdés, this international tale of heartbreak and romance will be a visual and aural journey. [View trailer below]
The story kicks off in Havana in 1948, where Rita is an up-and-coming singer, and Chico is a piano player. Ambitions and opportunities separate them but love always reunites them, transporting them to the cityscapes of New York, Vegas, Hollywood and Paris. What I am most looking forward to, besides the music, is viewing the gorgeous city sceneries created by designer Javier Mariscal. Take a look below.
Director Fernando Trueba is also the man behind 1992’s Belle Époque, a fantastic comedy and war-era love story set in Spain during the early 1930s. It is most remembered for performances by Ariadna Gil and a very young Penélope Cruz.
Chico and Rita opens in most cities on November 10, 2010.
Images courtesy of Chico and Rita Press.