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    The latest production by Cuban director Rigoberto Lopez, titled "Vuelos Prohibidos," was recently released in the framework of the Dominican Global Film Festival 2015. The US premiere of the film will take place on Monday, April 25, at the Lincoln Center in New York, at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater @ Film Society, as part of the cooperation between Funglode and the Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) (NASDAQ: SBSA). GFDD and Funglode president, Dr. Leonel Fernández, the main actors and a number of special guests will attend a high-profile red carpet event.

    During the film premiere, a co-production agreement will be signed with ICAIC, which will seal the partnership that Funglode has been fostering with them for many years. The film will also be screened in Miami and in Los Angeles. In the coming weeks, it will be screened at North American movie theaters by Augustín Presenta.

    "Vuelos Prohibidos" tells the love story of Mario and Monique, who meet when an unexpected storm triggers the cancellation of their flights from Paris to Cuba, a fact that led them to become lovers in a hotel located next to the airport. There, between confessions and feelings, they try to share their visions of Cuba while drifting between outbursts of truths, frustrations, doubts and hopes.

    According to the film director, the story, which began to be written in 2007, makes every effort to show the contrasts of the country, from Vedado’s and Miramar’s modernity to "the other Havana." Although the entire plot takes place in Paris, the film shows images of the Caribbean island, which is currently in the international spotlight ahead of its trade opening.

    Cuban singer Paulo Fernández Gallo, better known as Paulito FG, performs in the leading role, which is a two-fold first for him given that "Vuelos Prohibidos" is also his feature film debut. Moroccan-born French actress Sanâa Alaoui plays Monique, who is trying to travel to Havana to meet a Cuban father she has never seen.

    Daysi Granados, Mario Balmaseda and Manuel Porto make up the rest of the film’s cast, whose purpose is to provide a story that "wants to be honest in its dialogue with our reality," according to the Cuban director.

    Wendy Guerra and Rigoberto López came up with the original idea of the project, while the script was a joint collaboration by the film director with Julio Carranza. Danilo León Alonso and Omar de la Cruz participated in the executive production; Miguel Núñez worked on the music, and Ángel Alderete Gómez is the director of cinematography.

    "Vuelos Prohibidos" is a production of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), in collaboration with Cuba’s Ministry of Culture and the Dominican Republic’s Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode).

    About the film director:
    RIGOBERTO LÓPEZ was born in Havana, on July 6, 1947. He is one of the most renowned filmmakers of Cuban cinema. He is part of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) since 1971. His documentaries and films of fiction have earned him recognition from the public and specialized critics in Cuba and in other countries around the world, and he is the recipient of important national and international awards.

    His feature film ROBLE DE OLOR received the Award for Best Film at the Pan-African Festival of Cannes in 2006, among other awards.

    He is the producer and director of YO SOY DEL SON A LA SALSA, a feature documentary and one of his most notable films in the United States, with which he won, among other international awards, the First Coral Prize at the 18th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, which took place in Havana in 1996.

    Among his other films that have won major national and international recognition are its documentaries GRANADA EL DESPEGUE DE UN SUEÑO, EL VIAJE MAS LARGO, MENSAJERO DE LOS DIOSES and PUERTO PRINCIPE MIO, which have earned him numerous international awards. His 2015 fiction feature film production "VUELOS PROHIBIDOS" is his latest accomplishment.

    • Rigoberto López, Director
    • Julio Carranza/Rigoberto López, Writers
    • Omar de la Cruz, Executive Producer
    • Danilo León Alonso, Executive Producer
    • Ray Reboul, Assistant Producer
    • Rafael Rey, Producer
    • Miguel Núñez, Composer
    • Miriam Talavera, Editor
    • Marco Peña, Sound Recording Mixer
    • Sanaa Alaoui (Monique), Actress
    • Pablo Fernández Gallo (Mario), Actor
    • Daisy Granados (Graciela), Actress
    • Mario Balmaseda (Manolo), Actor
    • Marianne Borgo (Marie Pierre), Actress
    • Marc Larnaudie (Philippe)
    • Karim Liazid (Serveur aéroport)
    • Manuel Porto (Pepe)
    • Ray Reboul (Alex)
    • Laurent Vongphrachanh, (Serveur hotel) (as Laurent Vongprachan)

    About the Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.
    The Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. is the largest publicly traded Hispanic media and entertainment company in the United States. SBS owns and/or operates 17 radio stations located in the top Hispanic markets in the United States, such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico. It airs Tropical, Regional Mexican, Adult Contemporary in Spanish, and Urban genres. SBS operates AIRE Radio Networks, a national broadcasting network which creates programming for more than 100 affiliates with distribution to more than 88% of the Hispanic audience. The Company also owns and operates Mega TV, a television operation with open signal distribution, cable and satellite, and with affiliates in the United States and Puerto Rico. SBS also produces live events and concerts throughout the country and operates La Música, a bilingual online site and a mobile application, in both Spanish and English, related to music, entertainment, news and the Latino culture. The company’s corporate website is located at www.spanishbroadcasting.com.

    About Duende Films:
    Duende Films is a film distribution company affiliated to Duende Media Inc., which focuses on bringing the greatest Spanish-language film successes to the movie theater market in the United States. With more than 15 years of service to the Hispanic market in the United States and with an executive team that not only knows the demographics of that group is but is also part of it, Duende Films is uniquely positioned to introduce the Latino audience in the United States to movies that they really want to see, not with a "one size fits all" mentality as most of the Hollywood studios do, but with a detailed and comprehensive approach to entertainment that portraits the different colors and customs of our Hispanic heritage. They are our movies for us. Duende Films.

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