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Key West Art & Historical Society Summer Film Series Presents Chico & Rita at Tropic Cinema

On Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30pm, Key West Art & Historical Society will offer the 2012 Oscar-nominated animated film “Chico & Rita” – a story that illuminates a journey of the culture, the people, and the music that has influenced the world—at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street.

Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Calle 54) and Spain’s legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate their passion for the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion, and heartbreak. Set in 1948, the film features Chico— a young piano player with big dreams, and Rita— a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. The film captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, featuring the music of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others.

Praised by the Miami Herald as a film that “melds dazzling visuals and a wildly infectious score into a simple yet affecting love story,” “Chico & Rita” is part of the Society’s “Art & Artists” summer film series.

“Our closest neighbor has impacted the Keys for generations, and the music tells the story that holds a mirror and the eternal hope of restoring and renewing our relationships,” says Michael Shields, Society board member and initiator of the new program.

Films to follow are: “Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect” (September 10), and “Russian Ark,” a film that moves through 33 rooms of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum in a single, unbroken steadicam shot (September 24). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at For more information, visit, click “Tickets.”  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

IMAGE: Award-winning animated film “Chico & Rita” will be shown at the Tropic Cinema, Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30pm as part of Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Art & Artists” summer film series.