Free Chico & Rita

Oscar Nom Screens on Thursday in SF

You (and a guest) are invited to the Thursday Feb. 9 preview of a wonderful film==that happens to be one of the surprise nominees for Best Animated Film.  Please note with even with a RSVP, seating is limited and not guaranteed, and early arrival is advised. ASIFA-SF members should contact president Karl Cohen, or if you’re a member of the Landmark Theaters Film Club, check your e-mail.

The story begins in Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy®-winning composer Bebo Vald?s, Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others. It’s a gorgeously designed film based on the illustrations of noted cartoonist Javier Mariscal—a treat for the eyes and ears. Even if you don’t make the free screening, it’s worth spending your time and money at Landmark’s Lumiere Theater.

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