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
Behind the Scenes
Reviews and Testimonials

In its first minutes, The Cuban sums up ......joy vs. duty, creativity vs. rigidity, life vs.
death....Piccione’s screenplay doesn't tie up all the pieces neatly, instead adding a smart
narrative twist. Filmmakers let that sound shine, with soulful contributions from composer Hilario Duran and lovely singing by Golja.

Hollywood Reporter

Sergio Navarretta’s The Cuban pulls together music, romance, loss, and memory into an
emotional tale that spans cultures and generations.


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

Times of San DiegoAugust 1, 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

Casting Louis Gosset Jr. who is not Cuban was daring.... such a great actor and to see him again, beautifully aged and so sensitive to the material, very much like the Cuban musicians. The heart of The Cuban has to be the music.


Gossett Jr…is just as excellent as ever. Jaw-dropping directing and visual style, along with the pitch-perfect cast…you are left with a compelling drama that is well worth it…

Film Threat

Watching The Cuban, it almost feels out of the ordinary to see such a kindly tale play out on
screen, and that little jolt may help viewers connect with the film’s messages, paramount
among them the need for a new approach to cognitive decline.

The Credits, Motion Picture Association of America