It was produced by award-winning Spanish book editor, screenwriter, film director and producer, Fernando Trueba.
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey, in the tradition of the Latin ballad the bolero, brings heartache and torment.
Spanish Embassy Cultural Attachee, Marina Garcia, said the film was a result of intense research.
“Before drawing the locations in Cuba, Mariscal and his team completed intense research including several trips to the country and pictures of every street corner in Havana since 1949 which have been archived and he managed to convey the look and mood of the era,” said Garcia.
She said Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures had distributed the film to 100 Spanish theatres in 2010 and the film had also been shown at various festivals and released in the UK and in Spain.
Last year Chico and Rita won the Goya award (Spanish film awards) for Best Animated Film, the award of the Hungarian National Student Jury and the Best Animated Featured Film at the 7th European Animated Feature Films and TV Specials.