A Cat from Havana
A Cat from Havana

A Cat from Havana

Director Dacio Malta

Production year 2016

Length 87min.

Country Brazil


Gato Tuerto is Cuba's most iconic cabaret. Since it first opened its doors 55 years ago, it remains a refuge for Havana's cultured bohemian circles. In its small stage, some of the country's most important musicians, such as Omara Portuondo, Elena Burke, Pablo Milanés, César Portillo de la Luz and Chucho Valdés, have performed. It also served as a scenario for the world's longest bolero session, as recorded on the Guiness Book of Records. The documentary tells the story of cabaret; its inception, creators, artists and famous patrons, like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Julio Cortázar.


Dacio Malta
Dacio Malta



Gretel Medina, Julia Mirabal


Dacio Malta, Julia Mirabal

Director of Photography

Denise Guerra Ribas


Damián Rubiera, Pedro Pulido, Raymel Casamayor, Sergio Muñoz Torres, Bernardo Adeodato


Livia Arbex


Omara Portuondo, Chucho Valdés, Caetano Veloso, Pablo Milanés.

Production company(ies)

Estoril Filmes

Dacio Malta

In 1998, Dacio Malta wrote and directed Começaria tudo outra vez, a musical based on the early life and career of the brazilian composer Luis Gonzaga Jr. His debut feature film, Noel Rosa - Poeta da Vila e do povo (2010), was shown at festivals in France, Japan and Cuba, among many others in Brasil. As a journalist, he was editor or the three most importants newspapers of Rio de Janeiro.


Noel Rosa - Poeta da Vila e do povo (2010), A Cat from Havana (2016).

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