Jonal Cosculluela Sanchez | Cuba-Spain | 2016 | Fiction | 90 min | NM Premiere
Born in 1977 Havana Jonal Cosculluela Sánchez has spent over a decade working in national television as an editor for TV series, documentaries, and teleplays. His cinematic debut is Esteban, a coproduction between Cuba and Spain.
Esteban is a film that documents not only the struggles of a young boy who wants to become a musician, but also the story of the childhood of a virtuoso. Sometimes it can be hard for a family to cope with tremendous talent.
Director Cosculluela said in an interview with OnCuba:
“I was given the script from Amilcar Salati, a television writer to make a TV short. At first everything would be for television. The idea of taking it to the cinema was by Vilma Montesinos, who belongs to the Cuban Film Institute. She found by accident the script had been misplaced with others that we were going to film and she liked to turn it into a movie.”
One very special thing to watch (or listen) out for in this film is the music, obviously - it’s a film about a pianist. And the music is astounding! Remember, this kid is not just any musician: he’s a virtuoso. The original music was scored by the real musical brain behind this project: the iconic Cuban composer, Chucho Valdes. This film will be a concert, a painting and an inspiring drama about perseverance perfect for the entire family. See you all there!