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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,
Film Info
Country:US
Year:2020
Premiere Status:World
Director:Rodrigo Reyes
Producer:Andrew Houchens
Rodrigo Reyes
Screenwriter:Rodrigo Reyes
Alicia Valencia
Cinematographer:Alejandro Mejía
Editor:Daniel Chávez Ontiveros
Andrea Chignoli

Description

After years of separation by the US immigration policy, a young girl’s dreams of being reunited with her grandmother are at last realized.

Additional Information

Mexican director Rodrigo Reyes makes films deeply grounded in his identity as an immigrant artist. In 2020, Reyes’ film 499, won Best Cinematography at the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as a Special Jury Award at Hot Docs. Reyes is a recipient of the prestigious Sundance Spotlight on Storytellers Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Creative Capital Award. Based in Oakland, he has mentored several local filmmakers to help develop their creative voice.