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Cuban Retrospective CO-PRESENTED BY THE MELBOURNE CUBAN FILM FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION
  • El Benny

Cuba’s Official Selection for the Academy Awards in 2006, this musically rich biopic recounts the eventful life of 1950s bandleader Benny Moré, of the greatest Cuban musicians of the 20th century.

Lifelong tragedy and outstanding music merge in this story based on the life of the famous Afro-Cuban musician Benny Moré (1919-1963). The film starts in the 1950s—when Moré is already well known as a master of the son montuno, guaracha, bolero, and mambo—through his time in Mexico and the Cuban Revolution. His excesses, addictions, and chaotic creative processes eventually cause him to teeter precariously between redemption and self-destruction. The man and the myth converge in a script with brief glimpses of Santería and rich with the island’s particular musical syncretism that has made Cuban rhythms a worldwide phenomenon.

Only screening in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

All tickets $10
OFFICIAL SELECTION (Cuba)
Academy Awards 2006
WINNER
Grand Coral - First Prize (First Work), Havana Film Festival 2006
NOMINATED
Golden Leopard, Locarno International Film Festival 2006
NOMINATED
Best Latin-American Film, Mar del Plata Film Festival 2007
NOMINATED
Golden India Catalina (Best Film), Cartagena Film Festival 2007
Cracking dance and music numbers.
Variety
Australian Premiere
Director
Jorge Luis Sánchez
Cast
Renny Arozarena, Rakel Adriana, Ulyk Anello, Enrique Molina
2006 | 132 min | Drama, Musical
Spanish with English subtitles
18+ (exemption)

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Melbourne

Palace Westgarth

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Canberra

Palace Electric

Sydney

Palace Verona

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