Amor Cronico is an independent feature music performance film directed by Jorge Perugorria (the lead actor in Strawberry and Chocolate), which follows the flamboyant Cuban-born/New York based singer CuCu Diamantes on her tour around Cuba. The film interweaves footage of live music performances with a fictional love story narrative. An energetic display of CuCu Diamantes' glamorous performance style with a fresh Latin pop Soundtrack and a comical twist, Amor Cronico is a unique portrait of a Cuban artist traveling back to her roots.
Starring CuCu Diamantes, Liosky Clavero, Jorge Perugorria, Andres Levin, Mirtha Ibarra, Nestor Jimenez, Enrique Molina, Carlos Acosta, Laura de La Uz and Juan Carlos Tabio
Special Musical Guests: Muñequitos de Matanzas, Los Van Van. Samuel Formel, Alexander Abreu y Kelvis Ochoa
Produced by Andres Levin and Sarah Green for Music Has No Enemies
Cuban born with French, Spanish, African and Chinese heritage, CuCu Diamantes came to New York with music in mind. Shortly after landing on her new “island”, CuCu teamed with producer and musician Andres Levin that led to the development and inception of the band “Yerba Buena”. Interview Magazine called Yerba Buena “the future sound of Afro-Latin Urban America” and New York Times hailed the group as “a musicologist’s dream”. CuCu went on to garner a GRAMMY nomination for her solo album “CUCULAND” and
perform by request alongside artists ranging from The Dave Matthews Band to Juanes, and Ray Charles to Celia Cruz (in her last ever-New York concert).
Jorge Perugorria was born in Havana where he spent his childhood. His work as an actor began in Cuba and at age 22 he started performing in theater and for TV. Perugorria starred in the oscar nominated film, “Fresa y Chocolate” (“Strawberry & Chocolate”) (1994), which made him recognizable as one of Cuba’s most famous actors. From that moment, he has gone on to act in nearly 50 films, including Steven Soderbergh’s “Che”. Having previously co-directed one fiction feature film, “Amor Cronico” is his solo directorial debut.
Born in Venezuela and residing in NYC for the last 24 years, Andres Levin studied atBerklee (Boston) and The Julliard School (NYC). Leader of the band Yerba Buena, Andres is a 10 time GRAMMY® Nominee and received his first GRAMMY in 2009 for IN THE HEIGHTS. His production and song writing credits include songs for David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Natalie Merchant, CuCu Diamantes, Miguel Bose, Michael Stipe, Orishas, Femi Kuti, Paulina Rubio and Macy Gray. His film composer credits include: El Cantante and Borderland; songs featured in TV shows include: Entourage, Heroes, CSI & ER..
“Producer-composer-guitarist Andres Levin has emerged as the master chef of urban fusion” - L.A. Times.
Andres started his social philanthropic organization Music Has No Enemies to help non profits around the world.
Sarah Green is currently in post production on Terrence Malick’s “untitled love story” starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, and Rachel McAdams, and on Jeff Nichols’ “Mud”, starring Matthew McConaughey, Sam Shepard and Reese Witherspoon. She most recently produced Malick’s “The Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, which was nominated for three Academy Awards, won the Palme D’or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and won Best Picture at the 2011 Gotham Awards.
Green was Executive Producer on Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter” starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, which won the Grand Prix at Critics Week and the Fipresci Award, both at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for five Indie Spirit Awards.
Green is in prep on two new pictures, “Knight of Cups” and “Lawless”, both to be written and directed by Terrence Malick. Prior to “The Tree of Life”, she produced Malick’s Academy Award nominated “The New World”, the Academy Award- winning “Frida” directed by Julie Taymor, and on “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” with Diego Luna. She produced “Girlfight” and “State and Main” in 2002.
Previously, Green produced Mamet’s “The Winslow Boy”, “The Spanish Prisoner”, “American Buffalo” (directed by Michael Corrente) and “Oleanna”. She produced three films for writer/ director John Sayles: “The Secret of Roan Inish”, “Passion Fish”, and “City of Hope” and the Emmy Award-winning “Andre’s Mother”, which was named Best Television Movie of 1990 by The National Board of Review. Green serves on the boards of the Producers Guild of America and the Austin Film Society.
Cliff Chenfeld is the Co-CEO of Razor & Tie, an independent music company and Kidz Bop, a kids’ music, marketing and digital platform. Founded in 1990, Razor & T ie has scored a number of Gold and Platinum albums and now includes a record label as well as publishing, media buying and video
divisions. In 2001, Razor & Tie launched Kidz Bop which has since become the most popular kids music series in the country and a leading online presence. Mr. Chenfeld has been the executive producer of a number of movies including the comedy Serious Moonlight and the documentary How Sweet
The Sound. Prior to founding Razor & T ie, Mr. Chenfeld clerked for Federal District Court Judge I. Leo Glasser in Brooklyn and then joined Sullivan & Cromwell as a litigation associate. Mr. Chenfeld received his BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University and his JD from New York University School of Law.
Amor Cronico, produced by Music Has No Enemies, is a love letter to Cuba, not only from CuCu Diamantes herself, but also all members involved in its creation. Our wish for this film is to reach the hearts of viewers everywhere.
We have come so far already, with a successful premiere at SXSW and well-received run in the international festival circuit. We are now eager to share our film with rest of the world. With your enduring support, Amor Cronico will leave the spectacular landscapes of Cuba and CuCu’s vibrant stage to enter your local theater and home.
We are honored to be officially fiscally sponsored by From The Heart Productions, who have been successfully funding and sponsoring film projects since 1993.
It is our heartfelt wish and hope that you will join us on this journey and become an integral part of bringing Amor Cronico to the world, providing people everywhere with a rich portrait of Cuba's culture.
"Diamantes [is a] standout, with her sassily sweet voice sailing over a savory concoction built for hot summer nights"
"Cucu Diamantes' debut album is as dramatic as her life story…On Cuculand she's [an] independent, flamboyant woman charging through life, as extravagant in her emotions as she is in her style."
"music [that] hopscotches across hemispheres, jubilantly fusing every idiom in its path... And for every nod to a vintage style there’s a border-crossing or simply surreal twist."
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