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A Feature film by Joyce Sherman Buñuel

Produced by Vertigo Productions

Release in France : 09/02/2000


    "The girls like them chocolate-brown. If you're not a Cuban, you're out! "
    Rémi Bonnet, 24, a brilliant performer of Chopin, outrages his family and his teacher when he gives up an international career to play the music he has always loved - Cuban music.
    He leaves Toulouse and goes to Paris where to his surprise he finds that no one wants a Frenchman in a salsa band.
    In a city where most undocumented aliens want to become French, Rémi Bonnet deliberately takes on the identity, accent and dark complexion of Felipe, his Cuban friend, in order to blend into the Paris latino community. And when old Barreto, seeing him in this Cuban disguise, hears him play-ing salsa music, he gives him a chance : Rémi will teach salsa dancing at the Casa Cubana...
    This is where he meets Nathalie, a shy girl who becomes a bomb on the dance floor …

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Vertigo Productions

    Foreign production company :

    Mate Production

    French distribution :

    Universal Pictures (France)

    Co-productions :

    M6 Films, Universal Pictures (France)

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    SND Groupe M6

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    If I’d lived in Hollywood during the 1940s, I would surely have made musicals. Living in Paris in the year 2000, I’ve had the luck to make “Salsa,” a film that allowed me to express my passion for Cuban music and dance, while raising an issue that deeply concerns me: Europe’s zenophobia. Judging from encouraging international sales figures, the film has achieved its goal – getting across the borders.

    Joyce Bunuel, Director


    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producers :

    Aïssa Djabri, Farid Lahouassa, Manuel Munz

    Director of Photography :

    Javier Aguirresarobe

    Production Manager :

    Éric Hubert

    Editor :

    Nicole Saunier

    Music Composers :

    Sierra Maestra, Jean-Marie Sénia

    Screenwriters :

    Joyce Sherman Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière

    Sound Recordist :

    Gilles Ortion

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Laurette Monconduit, Mary Anne Kiremidjian

    Production Designer :

    Jean Bauer

    Costume designer :

    Christine Jacquin

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    Feature film

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    Spain, France

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    Majority French (Spain, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (4)

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 2000

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 2000)


    French Feature Films

    Madrid French Film Mostra - 2000

    Madrid French Film Mostra (Spain, 2000)


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    Delegations (3)

    Madrid French Film Mostra - 2000

    Madrid French Film Mostra (Spain, 2000)