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Rubén Albarrán made a presentation during the film's premiere. Photo: Twitter FICM
Rubén Albarrán made a presentation during the film's premiere. Photo: Twitter FICM

Café Tacvba's vocalist debuts as an actor

Rubén Albarrán will play the Cuban Dámaso Pérez Prado.

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"El sueño de ayer" is directed by Emilio Maillé and had its premiere at the Morelia Film Festival (FICM), where Albarrán arrived together with the Pérez Prado Orchestra to celebrate his debut as an actor in the film. 

"I love Pérez Prado, I consider him an extraordinary musician and composer and I love all his music, not just one theme, all his music," said Rubén during the red carpet at the Morelia International Film Festival, according to Diario de México. 

The EFE news agency revealed that director Maillé's invitation to the singer to be part of his film came after the teamwork he had done with the orchestra, with whom he has shared various stages such as Mexico City's Zócalo.

The film, which was screened for the first time at FICM, surprised attendees by seeing the Café Tacvba vocalist representing the 'Mambo King' with all his dance steps and flavor. Albarrán even put on a show on the red carpet where he sang and danced the mambo.

 

In order to play Damaso Perez, Albarran took "express" acting classes and learned from fellow actors Blanca Guerra, Ofelia Medina, Benny Emmanuel, and Mikaela Monet. 

"El sueño de ayer" does not seek to be a biography of the 'Mambo King' but a fictionalized version of this character, by posing in it the return to the life of the late Damaso Perez Prado and his search for love, reported the Mexican newspaper. 

"I wanted to make a film about music, but I didn't want to make a biography, so I came up with the idea of a character who crosses time and is a dead man," said the director. 

The film is expected to be released simultaneously in theaters and on the Prime Video platform at the end of November. For the time being, it will be screened at the 20th edition of the Morelia International Film Fair, which runs from October the 22nd to the 29th.

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