Los Hermanos/The Brothers

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Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Viva el Cine
Running Time:83 min.
Director:Ken Schneider
Marcia Jarmel
Producer:Marcia Jarmel
Ken Schneider
Cinematographer:Roberto Chile
Rafael Solis
Dave Sperling
Andy Black
Vicente Franco
Print Source:PatchWorks Films
Note Writer:Victoria Jaschob


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the state of California.


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United by their passion for music, Cuban brothers Aldo and Ilmar López-Gávilan struggle to keep their familial and musical bonds alive even as geopolitical forces separate them. Sent to Russia to study as a teen, violinist Ilmar goes on to establish the Grammy®-winning classical string quartet, the Harlem Quintet, in New York City, while younger brother Aldo remains in Havana, where he develops a uniquely Cuban-infused style of piano composition. When Aldo receives permission to visit the US for the first time (thanks to the Obama-era thaw in US-Cuban relations), the brothers fulfill their lifelong dream of performing and recording together, but their triumphant reunion is shadowed by the future’s uncertainty. Culminating in a joyous and spirited July 4th performance, this exuberant and tender film is a paean to the enduring power of music, family, and home. With an original score by Aldo and Ilmar López-Gávilan, Los hermanos/The Brothers also features appearances by Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quintet.


Fuerzas geopolíticas separan a los hermanos y virtuosos cubanos Aldo e Ilmar López-Gávilan, aun cuando su amor por la música los une. Rastreando sus esfuerzos por mantener sus lazos musicales y familiares, Los hermanos/The Brothers es un exuberante y tierno himno al poder perdurable de la música, la familia y el hogar. Con una partitura original de Aldo e Ilmar.


Presented in association with BAMPFA.


Thank you to our Community Partners Enriching Lives through Music and Latino Council & Hispanic Chamber of Commerce!

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Producer/Directors Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider have collaborated on many projects as PatchWorks Films, most recently Havana Curveball, Speaking in Tongues, and It's Only Rock n' Roll (MVFF '19). Ken is a Peabody-winning producer and has edited more than 35 documentaries that have been nominated for an Oscar® and won multiple Emmys®, three Peabodys, and top awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Marcia also works as a consultant and impact strategist on a broad range of social issue films, including the Oscar® nominee Last Day of Freedom and the Emmy-nominated 50 Children.