A musical journey of love, friendship and the power of the imagination.


When a naïve pre-med student gets her first job in a nursing home, an unexpected friendship with Luis, an elderly Cuban musician, reignites her love of music and changes her life forever.

Directed by
  • Sergio Navarretta
Screenplay by
  • Alessandra Piccione
Produced by
  • Taras Koltun
  • Alessandra Piccione
  • Ana Golja
  • Sergio Navarretta
Paul Golini
Ryan Kimel
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Louis Gossett Jr.
Divya Shahani
James O’Donnell
  • Louis Gossett Jr.
  • Ana Golja
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Lauren Holly
  • Giacomo Gianniotti
  • Jonathan Keltz
  • Shiva Negar
  • Kane Mahon
  • Layla Alizada
A71 Entertainment (Canada)

Brainstorm Media (U.S)

Reviews and Testimonials

A testament to the power of music, The Cuban is a movie that hits an emotional note with an engaging burst of energy through the synergy of the nurse-patient relationship.

Starry Constellation MagazineJuly 30, 2020

The plot moves through storyline verses of love and conflict, choruses of musical connection to life, a climatic bridge and final verse of sadness, joy and a plot twist.

Indie Pulse MusicJuly 6, 2020

Honestly, it is so refreshing to see a film about jazz musicians that has confidence in the audience to appreciate the music they play. Very highly recommended.

Unseen FilmsJuly 31, 2020

The Cuban is a beautiful and heartwarming film about compassion, fulfillment, and friendship. The stellar cast makes it snap, crackle and pop.

Alliance of Women Film JournalistsJuly 30, 2020

THE CUBAN benefits from all these complexities as well as some terrific acting, award winning cinematography, and a number of beautiful location shots in Havana.

KPFK Film ClubJuly 26, 2020

The Cuban is little bit of an updated Driving Miss Daisy (1989) for a modern crowd.

Times of San DiegoAugust 1, 2020