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Playing Lecuona

March 13th, ACMI CINEMAS, 6:30 pm.

A musical journey through the work and life of Latin America’s most renowned pianist.

WINNER: Best Documentary, Montreal World Film Festival, 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Miami Intl Film Festival, 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Istanbul Intl Film Festival, 2015



Playing Lecuona


To create this odyssey and tribute, the three most distinguished pianists of Latin jazz worldwide join forces to guide us through this musical genre: Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Chucho Valdés in Lechona’s native Havana, fuses Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Michel Camilo in New York (where Lecuona met great success and is buried) and in the Canary Islands (where Lecuona’s family has roots) recreates sophisticated sounds. Gonzalo Rubalcaba, in Seville, the heart of Andalusia, Spain, and a source of inspiration for Lecuona, fuses jazz with flamenco.

These three maestros captivate us either with solo performances or accompanied by other extraordinary artists: Omara Portuondo, Ana Belén and Raimundo Amador.

DIRECTOR: Pavel Giroud
Duration: 110 mins
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Date: 2015
Format: DCP, Colour
Source: DeAPlaneta
Rating: Unclassified (all ages)