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Chico & Rita



Chico & Rita

Spain Fernando Trueba & Javier Mariscal, 2010

Cinema Latino

Memorable stories from throughout Latin America come together in this enduring series.

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

Sat, Jan 28, 2012 7 PM

“Exuberant! A visually hypnotic, musically electric film! It’s a pleasure to surrender to the movie’s lush visuals!”—Hollywood Reporter

Join us for a special preview screening of one of the most unique and extraordinary animated films of the year, an Oscar nominee for best animated feature. Chico & Rita combines the passionate music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love and heartbreak set against the color and bustle of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams; Rita is a beautiful singer with a powerful voice. United by music and romantic desire, they travel across the globe but their journey—in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero—brings heartache and torment. Codirected by Oscar winning filmmaker Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and renowned designer and illustrator Javier Mariscal, Chico & Rita features an original soundtrack by the multi-Grammy winning Cuban legend Bebo Valdés, as well as music by Thelonius Monk, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. (94 mins., 35mm)

Come to the Wex at 6 PM for a Spanish language tour of our current exhibitions. Meet at the entrance to the galleries. Free with gallery admission or film ticket purchase.

Cinema Latino is cosponsored by Hispanic Chamber of Columbus and Ohio State’s Center for Latin American Studies and Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

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