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Música Cubana

Música Cubana
Osdalgia Lesmes, Pío Leiva (photo © Victory Media Group)

Just a normal day in Havana. Bárbaro, one of the city’s typical taxi drivers, picks up the Maestro Pío Leiva (85), a star of the Buena Vista Social Club, who is late for a radio show. Bárbaro and Pío become friends and decide to put together a band with some of the best and most acclaimed young musicians living in Cuba today. All under the direction of the Maestro, of course.

The film tells the story of the formation of the band. It accompanies the musicians through their rehearsals and recordings of a number of Cuban classics, as well as through their search for new songs and their own style as a band. And it all ends in a huge concert in Tokyo, where their band “The Sons of Cuba” is finally born.

Música Cubana is a film about the young generation of Cuban musicians today. But it is also a journey into this very special and passionate country. A journey into its music and into the hearts of its people, equally full of passion, love and hope.


German Kral was born in Buenos Aires in 1968 and studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich. His films include: THE OTHER ONE (short, 1991), ON THE EDGE (short, 1992), TALES OF THE DESERTS (short, 1996), A TRICK OF THE LIGHT (co-director/co-author, 1996), TANGO BERLIN (co-director, 1997), IMAGES OF THE ABSENCE (1999), BERND EICHINGER, WHEN LIFE BECOMES A FILM (co-director/co-author, 2000), THAT'S LIFE (2002), MÚSICA CUBANA (2004), THE LAST APPLAUSE (2008), and OUR LAST TANGO (2015).
Genre Music
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 2004
Director German Kral
Screenplay German Kral, Stephan Puchner
Cinematography Jörg Widmer
Peter Przygodda, Wolfgang Weigl, André Bendocchi-Alves
Cast Pío Leiva, Bárbaro Marín, Mayito Rivera, Chiki Chaka Girls, Osdalgia Lesmes, Telmary Díaz, Luis Frank, Tirso Duarte, El Nene
Producers Claus Clausen, John G. Phelan, Luke Schiller, Wim Wenders, Franz Landerer, Guido De Angelis, Karsten Bruenig, Detlef Engelhard
Production Companies VICTORY Media Group/Kaufbeuren, De Angelis Group/Rome, in co-production with VICTORY 21. Film Production/Kaufbeuren, Termidor Musikverlag/Remseck, in association with International Production Services/Berlin, ICAIC/Havana
Length 88 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Spanish
Subtitled Versions English, German, Italian
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Venice 2004, AFI 2004, Cork 2004, Sevilla 2004, Mar del Plata 2005
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Solo Film Verleih/Munich

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