North American Premiere

DIRECTED BY Diego Mas Trelles

Country: Spain
Language: Catalan, English, Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: Array

Running Time: 87min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award

This joyous documentary profile from director Diego Mas Trelles chronicles the colorful life of Xavier Cugat (1900-1990), the Spanish-born, Cuban-bred “Rhumba King” who was instrumental in bringing Latin music to American ears—and dancing feet.

Featuring extracts from Cugat’s numerous Hollywood screen appearances while paying tribute to his years of work in radio and in countless casinos, hotel ballrooms and nightclubs—including the legendary Coconut Grove—Sex, Maracas and Chihuahuas tells an incredible story of hard work and wild times, of romance, gangsters and opulence, and of glorious, infectious, beautiful music.


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Director: Diego Mas Trelles
Producer: Albert Solé Jordi Ambròs
Screenwriter: Diego Mas Trelles
Executive Producer: Albert Solé Jordi Ambròs, Andrés Luque

Cinematographer: Raúl Cuevas, Emiliano Entenza, Biel Mauri
Editor: Iria Sanjurjo

Subjects: Isabel Coixet, Joana Biarnés, Nina, Javier Gurruchaga, Jesús García Dueñas, Joan Valls Óscar Gómez, Roman Gubern and Chucho Valdés

Diego Mas Trelles

Diego Mas Trelles is a Spanish filmmaker. He is also a programmer for the DocumentaMadrid festival. His directorial credits include Pharos, sentinelles de la mer (99), Women in Arms (09) and Sex, Maracas and Chihuahiuas (16).

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