Rafael 2 Wed, Oct 11, 2017 5:30 PM
Lark Theatre Thu, Oct 12, 2017 6:15 PM
Film Info
Category:Viva el Cine
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:90 min.
Director:Jonal Cosculluela
Screenwriter:Amilcar Salatti
Cast:Yuliet Cruz
Reynaldo Guanche
Corina Mestre
Note Writer:Delfin Vigil


There must be more to life than selling small containers of shampoo, conditioner, and packs of tampons to strangers on the streets of Havana. So believes Esteban, a nine-year old Cuban schoolboy, who becomes mesmerized by the sounds of an intricate piano melody wafting through a window on one of his after-school sales routes. Pining to play the instrument, Esteban’s awareness is increasingly oblivious to the obstacles his single mother faces in struggling to provide basic necessities like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Paying for piano lessons? Now that’s a cigar-scented pipe dream. Impossibilities aside, Esteban literally scales a wall finding his fingers playing piano scales by ear. A curmudgeonly music teacher with a dark secret must decide if Esteban is a discordant omen or the missing melody of an unfulfilled life in this debut feature by director Jonal Cosculluela that juxtaposes perseverance with innocence. Afro-Cuban jazz great Chucho Valdés composed the film’s music.

Additional Information

Jonal Cosculluela Sanchez graduated as Director of the Superior Institute of Art of Cuba in 2010. From 1999 to 2009, he collaborated professionally with the Cuban Radio and Television Institute as a sound designer and editor in fiction series and documentaries. From 2009, he directed fiction series for Cuban televisión, as well as independent productions. Sanchez is a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba. Esteban marks his feature film debut.