The world movie premiere of "The Mambo Kings," the story of two Cuban musician brothers who seek fame and fortune during the 1950s, will launch this year's Miami Film Festival.
"If ever a movie and a city were meant for each other, this is it," said Nat Chediak, director of the annual festival. "The film is flush with the feel of 1950s Havana."Starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas, "The Mambo Kings" is based on Cuban-American writer Oscar Hijuelos' 1990 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love."
Desi Arnaz Jr. plays his bandleader-father, the late Desi Arnaz, who hears the two brothers play and invites them to perform on his hit television show, "I Love Lucy."
All three stars are expected to attend the screening on Feb. 7 in Miami.