Wednesday, Sept 13 at 5:30 PM
The Cinematheque

Director: Pavel Giroud
Cuba | 2016 | Spanish with English subtitles | 110 min | Documentary

Sliding Scale Tickets:
$13 / $15 / $18 / $21

Plus $3 VLAFF Membership required

IMPORTANT NOTE: Ticket sales have been temporarily suspended, as this film may need to be replaced with another Pavel Giroud film.

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Playing Lecuona is a musical journey through the works and living spaces of Ernesto Lecuona, the internationally acclaimed Cuban pianist and piano composer. Serving as guides through Lecuona’s music are three of the most gifted Latin jazz pianists in the world: Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Valdés fuses Latin jazz together with Afro-Cuban rhythms in Lecuona’s native Havana; Camilo recreates elegant aural soundscapes in New York and the Canary Islands; and Rubalcaba fuses jazz and flamenco in Seville, the heart of Andalusian Spain. Together, these three musicians provide a rich portrait of Lecuona’s music and its lasting influence.

A top-notch performance-based tribute to legendary Cuban pianist Ernesto Lecuona, Playing Lecuona shows how his influence is manifest, a century after he stepped onto the world stage.

John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter