Esteban Programme 2018

by Jonal Cosculluela ZFF for Kids

Esteban is living with his mother in Havana. To make ends meet, the 9-year-old helps selling grooming products every now and then. One day, he overhears some wonderful piano music coming from a house. Fascinated by the sound, Esteban has just one wish – learning how to play the piano! His pleas to his mother remain unheard however, and Hugo, the brusque piano teacher, refuses to teach him. Poverty as well as a general lack of understanding for his desires force Esteban to store the idea away in the back of his mind – but Esteban refuses to give up so easily! Underscored by the music of Cuban jazz legend Chucho Valdés, this is a touching film that impressively highlights the precariousness of everyday life in Cuba.


  • Genre: Children
  • Country, Year: Cuba, Spain, 2016
  • Runtime: 90 Min
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles: German live synchro
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  • Director: Jonal Cosculluela
  • Cast: Reynaldo Guanche, Yuliet Cruz, Manuel Porto, Raúl Pomares, Corina Mestre, Mónica Alonso
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  • Screenplay: Amilcar Salatti
  • Cinematography: Lianed Marcoleta
  • Editor: Alían Hernández
  • Sound: Evelio Manfred
  • Music: Chucho Valdés
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  • Producers: Joel Ortega, Adriana  Moya, Orlando Vistel, Omar Olazabal, Jaume Roures, Maritza Ceballo
  • Executive Producers: Maritza Ceballo, Jaume  Roures, Orlando Vistel
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  • Production Companies: RTV Comercial, Mediaproducciones SLU , Casa Discográfica Colibrí
  • World Sales: Imagina Internationales Sales
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