Archive of films Calle 54 / Calle 54

Spain / France
2000, 105 min

Section: Inspired by Music
Year: 2001


A musical film which is becoming an important historical document, since it gathers together the greatest figures in modern Latin American jazz – Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Gato Barbieri, Bebo Valdés, Eliane Elías, Chano Domínguez, Jerry Gonzáles. Observed by six cameras, these artists perform live in the studio – works written for film, hitherto unpublished compositions, or their greatest hits – in order to show the diversity of this musical current, born of a mixture of colourful races and developed by the Latin American community, from New York, Miami, Sčo Paulo, Havana and Puerto Rico to Seville in Spain. Director Fernando Trueba, who first encountered this kind of music during the early 1980s through the album Blowin’ by Paquito D’Rivera, yearned to share his passion in his own film, with the greatest possible number of people involved: “I felt it my duty to film an ode to Latin American jazz, music which helps me get the most out of life like nothing else on earth”.

About the director

Fernando Trueba (b. 1955, Madrid), film critic, screenwriter, producer, stage and film director, won an Oscar in 1993 for Best Foreign Film with his Belle époque. He began his film career as a nineteen-year-old with the short film Óscar y Carlos (1974). Selected filmography: Opera prima (1980), So Long as the Body Holds Out (Mientras el cuerpo aguante, 1982), Year of Enlightenment (El ano de las luces, 1986), The Mad Monkey (El sueno del mono loco, 1989), Belle époque (1992), Two Much (1995), The Girl of Your Dreams (La niňa de tus ojos, 1998), Calle 54 (2000 – Goya prize 2001 and an award for best sound).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Inspired by Music
Director: Fernando Trueba
Screenplay: Fernando Trueba
Dir. of Photography: José Luis López Linares
Music: Julio Martí
Editor: Carmen Frías
Producer: Cristina Huete, Fabienne Servan Schreiber
Production: Fernando Trueba Production Company

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