Chico and Rita (Animated Feature)

An unmissable treat: a sumptuous animated feature with an original soundtrack by the legendary Cuban bandleader and composer Bebo Valdés. The story follows the tempestuous love affair between Chico, a talented piano player, and gorgeous, honey-voiced chanteuse Rita, as they pursue each other from the steamy nightclubs of pre-revolutionary Havana, through the Mambo and Jazz haunts of Harlem, to the glamorous world of Forties Hollywood and, finally, to a seedy motel in Las Vegas. The artwork, directed by the brilliant Valencian artist Javier Mariscal, displays the beautiful detail of line and tonality of a top graphic novel, punctuated by stunning chiaroscuro compositions animated to swing along to a soundtrack, which evokes a unique moment in American music. Maestro Valdés effortlessly evokes the New York heyday of greats such as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente and Chano Pozo.A visual and musical feast, topped off with an epic love story that spans half a century. What more could you ask for?

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