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'THE MAMBO KINGS' TO KICK OFF NINTH MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL

 'THE MAMBO KINGS' TO KICK OFF NINTH MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL
 BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner Bros.' "The Mambo


Kings," an Arnon Milchan Production in association with Le Studio Canal+, Regency Enterprises and Alcor Films, starring Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas, Cathy Moriarty and Maruschka Detmers and directed by Arne Glimcher, will open the Ninth Miami Film Festival on Friday, Feb. 7.
 "The Mambo Kings" marks Glimcher's directorial debut, after his earlier accomplishments as producer of "Gorillas in the Mist" and "The Good Mother." Milchan ("Pretty Woman," "Guilty by Suspicion," "JFK") produces and Steven Reuther ("Dirty Dancing," "Pretty Woman," "The Power of One") executive produces "The Mambo Kings." The screenplay is by Cynthia Cidre, adapted from Oscar Hijuelos' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love."
 The film tells the story of two Cuban brothers, Cesar and Nestor Castillo, who come to New York in the middle of the mambo craze of the 1950s, hoping to make their fortunes as composers and performers of their exciting, haunting and sultry brand of mambo music.
 By day, they work hard at manual labor. At night, they are transformed as they return to their cultural roots and the exciting life of musical performers. It is only when the opposing natures of the Castillo brothers begin to clash that they must confront the differences in their dreams and desires.
 "The Mambo Kings" features authentic mambo music performed by leading Latin artists including Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, who have roles in the film, as well as an original piece entitled "Beautiful Maria of My Soul," written by composer Robert Kraft with lyrics by Glimcher. Desi Arnaz Jr. also makes an appearance, playing his father, Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz.
 Director Glimcher and the film's stars are expected to attend the film festival's opening night screening at 8 p.m. at downtown Miami's Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler.
 Warner Bros. Presents, in association with Le Studio Canal+, Regency Enterprises and Alcor Films, An Arnon Milchan Production: Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas, Cathy Moriarty and Maruschka Detmers in "The Mambo Kings." The film is directed by Arne Glimcher. Steven Reuther is the executive producer and Arnon Milchan and Arne Glimcher are the producers. The co-producer is Jack B. Bernstein. The screenplay is by Cynthia Cidre, based upon the novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love," by Oscar Hijuelos. The director of photography is Michael Ballhaus, A.S.C., the production designer is Stuart Wurtzel and the editor is Claire Simpson. Robert Kraft is the executive music producer. Distributed by Warner Bros., A Time Warner Company.
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