LAT18 El Benny

13th November, 2018 (18+)
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  • Director Jorge Luis Sánchez
  • Cast Ulyk Anello, Renny Arozarena, Rakel Adriana, Enrique Molina
  • Duration 135 min
  • Rating 18+
  • Language Spanish with English subtitles
  • Genre Drama


Cuba’s Official Selection for the Academy Awards in 2006, this musically rich biopic recounts the eventful life of 1950s bandleader Benny Moré, of the greatest Cuban musicians of the 20th century.

Lifelong tragedy and outstanding music merge in this story based on the life of the famous Afro-Cuban musician Benny Moré (1919-1963). The film starts in the 1950s—when Moré is already well known as a master of the son montuno, guaracha, bolero, and mambo—through his time in Mexico and the Cuban Revolution. His excesses, addictions, and chaotic creative processes eventually cause him to teeter precariously between redemption and self-destruction. The man and the myth converge in a script with brief glimpses of Santería and rich with the island’s particular musical syncretism that has made Cuban rhythms a worldwide phenomenon.


OFFICIAL SELECTION (Cuba): Academy Awards 2006

WINNER: Grand Coral – First Prize (First Work), Havana Film Festival 2006

NOMINATED: Golden Leopard, Locarno International Film Festival 2006

NOMINATED: Best Latin-American Film, Mar del Plata Film Festival 2007

NOMINATED: Golden India Catalina (Best Film), Cartagena Film Festival 2007


  • “Perez beautifully interweaves complex moods as his film ranges over personal and social upheaval.” - Time Out New York

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