Jonal Cosculluela Sanchez | Cuba-Spain | 2016 | Fiction | 90 min | NM Premiere
Born in 1977 Havana Jonal Cosculluela Sánchez has spent over a decade working in national television as an editor for TV series, documentaries, and teleplays. His cinematic debut is Esteban, a coproduction between Cuba and Spain.
Esteban is a film that documents not only the struggles of a young boy who wants to become a musician, but also the story of the childhood of a virtuoso. Sometimes it can be hard for a family to cope with tremendous talent.
Director Cosculluela said in an interview with OnCuba:
“I was given the script from Amilcar Salati, a television writer to make a TV short. At first everything would be for television. The idea of taking it to the cinema was by Vilma Montesinos, who belongs to the Cuban Film Institute. She found by accident the script had been misplaced with others that we were going to film and she liked to turn it into a movie.”
One very special thing to watch (or listen) out for in this film is the music, obviously - it’s a film about a pianist. And the music is astounding! Remember, this kid is not just any musician: he’s a virtuoso. The original music was scored by the real musical brain behind this project: the iconic Cuban composer, Chucho Valdes. This film will be a concert, a painting and an inspiring drama about perseverance perfect for the entire family. See you all there!
Argentine ex-pat Daniel Mantovani (Oscar Martínez) lives in Spain and doesn’t look back on his small hometown across the ocean. Unless he is writing. When Daniel wins the Nobel Prize for literature, the prize brings all sorts of offers and publicity requests to his new abode in Spain, and he declines them all in a unilateral dismissal of the spotlight. However, a humble invitation from his small hometown of Salas, Argentina puts him on a trip home.
Daniel, as is the case with most writers, draws from his experiences. His life in Salas populates his literature and some of the townspeople remain bitter over the fact that he used lives for fiction and often in unflattering or critical terms.
The film, which is Argentina’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film in this year’s Oscar race, puts directors Duprat and Cohn (who already teamed up in “The Artist” and “The Man Next Door”) on the map as one of Argentina’s most comical and darkly accurate critics of the social quirks in Buenos Aires’ and Argentina’s often complicated and long tradition of neurotic comedies. See you all there for our Oscar-nominee feature film!!