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Habana Blues

Habana Blues

Habana Blues

Dir. Benito Zambrano
110 min

About the film

This is a Spanish and Cuban film by director Benito Zambrano which tells the story of two young musicians in Cuba. The two musicians, Ruy and Tito, whose music is a mix of traditional Cuban music and more modern music such as rap, get a chance at an international breakthrough through a Spanish record company, but they would have to change their Cuba-themed lyrics to cater to an international audience. Ruy considers this a betrayal of his country and his art, whereas Tito recognizes the financial necessity of it. Art versus commerce, nationalism versus globalism, and communism versus capitalism are some of the themes of the film.

About Minnesota Cuban Film Festival

The Minnesota Cuban Film Festival is organized by the Minnesota Cuba Committee, in collaboration with MSP Film Society and ICAIC (Cuban Film Institute). The Minnesota Cuba Committee is responsible for the film selection and program information. The 15th Minnesota Cuban Film Festival features films that address the achievements and challenges of the Cuban people through the eyes of its filmmakers. The festival highlights diverse and challenging films of social change, human struggle and the boldness of the human spirit. The festival starts Wednesday, February 28 and runs for five consecutive Thursdays through April 4, 2024.


Film Details

Program: Cuban Film Festival
Release Year: 2005
Runtime: 110 min
Country/Region: Cuba, Spain
Language: Spanish
Print Source: Pyramide Films
Tags: Culture & Society, Immigration, Latino/Hispanic/Iberian, Music Video, Relationships


Director: Benito Zambrano
Producer: Antonio Perez
Cinematographer: Jean Claude Larrieu
Screenwriter: Benito Zambrano, Ernesto Chao
Editor: Fernando Pardo
Composer: Jose Luis Garrido, Enrique Ferrer, Dayan Abad, Equis Alfonso
Principal Cast: Alberto Joel, García Osorio, Roberto Sanmartín, Yailene Sierra, Tomás Cao, Uriza Zenia, Marabal Marta, Calvó Roge, Pera Julie Ladagnous