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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
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El milagro de Candeal / The Miracle of Candeal
El milagro de Candeal
El milagro de Candeal
El milagro de Candeal
El milagro de Candeal

Bebo Valdés, the fabulous 85-year-old Cuban pianist, exiled in Stockholm for the last 40 years, travels to Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), where African music and religions have been preserved in their purest forms. There he meets Mateus, a Bahian musician who introduces him to life in the Afro-Bahian community, taking him to Candeal, a favela which, thanks to the initiative of Carlinhos Brown and the efforts of those who live there, has become a special community. There are neither weapons nor drugs in Candeal. What there is, however, is a music school, a health centre, and a studio to which artists from all of the continents come to record, attracted by the drums of Candeal. Using music as the driving power for all kinds of initiative, the people of Candeal have recovered their self-esteem and the hope that reality can be changed, that a better world is possible.
Won an Oscar in 1993 with Belle Epoque and directed numerous other successful films, such as Opera prima (1980), Mientras el cuerpo aguante (1982, screened in San Sebastian as part of the Official Section), Sal gorda (Rock Salt, 1983), Sé infiel y no mires con quién (Be Wanton and Tread No Shame, 1985), El año de las luces (The Year of Awakening, 1986), El sueño del mono loco (The Mad Monkey, 1989), Two Much (1995), La niña de tus ojos (The Girl of Your Dreams, 1998), Calle 54 (2000) and El embrujo de Shanghai (The Shanghai Spell, 2002). He has also produced over twenty films of his own and by other directors. Trueba is also one of the main promotors of Latin jazz and produced Lágrimas negras, the record made by Bebo Valdés and Diego ?El Cigala?.
Fernando Trueba
Fernando Trueba
Juan Molina
Carmen Frías
Carlinhos Brown, Bebo Valdés, Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, Gilberto Gil, Mateus
Running Time
128 m.
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