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Cuba Feliz

Cuba Feliz

A Feature film by Karim Dridi

Produced by ADR Productions

Release in France : 07/06/2000

    Synopsis

    This is the story of a guy with a dream. The guy in question is Gallo : a street-singer chasing his dream across Cuba. Along paths and lanes, on highways, in trains, and in backyards off crowed streets, the music mingles with his rootless lifestyle and Gallo turns these magical moments into the songs he knows by heart. Throughout his wanderings across Cuba, our singer finds a family of musicians who welcome him as a brother and go with him on his way. Gallo finds laughter in music, dance, and improvisation, and discovers emotion in trumpets and the simple songs hummed with friends.

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    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    ADR Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    STUDIOCANAL

    Co-production :

    STUDIOCANAL

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

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    About

    I’ve long dreamed of making a completely free film, free as an open-ended voyage. A mestizo film that could be part fiction, part documentary, part musical, part travel diary, part film poem, and so on. A film where music is the soul of the tale, the crucial link connecting all the characters. I had just finished “Foul Play” and I needed to get back to my roots, to rinse my eyes of the closed little film scene. To return to the roots of my desires. Which meant a tiny film crew with me behind the camera, for nine weeks’ immersion on the magical island of Cuba. Of course, Cuba is all the rage now, but I think my film deals with something else, it deals with the women and men I met, the musicians, the spark of love we shared. Cuba Feliz changed my way of seeing life, reinforcing my choices and directions as a film-maker. As Pépin Vaillant says in the film, “Fight to live, because you’re sure to die.”

    Karim Dridi, Director

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (8)

    Executive Producers :

    Alain Rozanes, Pascal Verroust, Jacques Debs

    Director of Photography :

    Karim Dridi

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Sandrine Lamantowicz

    Sound editor :

    Béatrice Wick

    Screenwriter :

    Karim Dridi

    Sound recordists :

    Michel Brethez, Jean-François Villemer

    Editor :

    Lise Beaulieu

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Hennequin

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Documentary

    Themes :

    Music

    Production language :

    Spanish

    Coproducer countries :

    Cuba, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Cuba, France)

    Production year :

    2000

    French release :

    07/06/2000

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    95.181

    Visa issue date :

    24/05/2000

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD