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Award-Winning Cuba-Set Jazz-Infused Animated Feature “Chico & Rita” Gets Stateside Theatrical Release Date

Award-Winning Cuba-Set Jazz-Infused Animated Feature "Chico & Rita" Gets Stateside Theatrical Release Date

Last fall, GKIDS, a distributor of award winning animation for both adults and families, acquired US distribution rights to Chico & Rita, the critically-acclaimed animated feature from Academy Award-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and renowned illustrator and designer Javier Mariscal – a film we first introduced you too way back in September 2010.

GKIDS has now set an official theatrical debut of the film for February 10th, 2012, at NYC’s Angelika Film Center before expanding nationally.

Chico And Rita debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in 2010 and has since been released in the UK, Spain and Greece, earning about $1.8 million in foreign ticket sales.

The film won Best Animated Feature at the 2011 European Film Awards as well as Spain’s Goya Awards, has been nominated for an Annie Award, and is vying for an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category.

Said to have taken 6 years to make, the film, described as an “epic love story” set in Havana, New York, Paris and Las Vegas, takes place in the 1940s.

Its synopsis reads:

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, the two battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.

The animated musical feature film features musical cameos from the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and other jazz greats.

I’ve yet to see it, so I’ll be checking it out when it opens here in NYC next month.

Here’s a refresher for those who haven’t seen the trailer:

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