GIFFONI50PLUS - 21.31 JULY 2021



Category: Edition 2021

You can breathe the scent of a 'cafecito caliente' in front of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams gathers a vibrant and compact community. At the center of it all is Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), a sympathetic New York bodega owner, who hopes, imagines and sings a better life to escape from his daily routine.

Original Title In the Heights
Italian Title Sognando a New York – In the Heights
Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 143'
Production Year 2021
Nationality USA
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Screenplay Quiara Alegría Hudes
Based on the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda e dal libro di Quiara Alegría Hudes
Director of photography Alice Brooks
Editor Myron Kerstein
Production Design Nelson Coates
Costume Design Mitchell Travers
Music Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire, Bill Sherman
Main cast Anthony Ramos
Melissa Barrera
Leslie Grace
Corey Hawkins
Olga Merediz
Jimmy Smits
Gregory Diaz Iv
Daphne Rubin-Vega
Stephanie Beatriz
Dascha Polanco
Noah Catala
Produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs
Production Warner Bros. (USA)

rev 1 ITH 04632 High Res JPEG registaJon M. Chu

Jon is known for his visually stunning blockbuster films, as well as his kinetic work across various genres, from groundbreaking series to commercials and films. He directed the worldwide phenomenon CRAZY RICH ASIANS, which was nominated for numerous awards, including a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe and Producers Guild of America Award. The film has earned more than $175 million in the United States alone, with a worldwide gross of almost $240 million, making it one of the top ten highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time.
Chu most recently served as an executive producer and director for Apple on HOME BEFORE DARK which premiered April 3, 2020. The series was inspired by the true story of 11-year-old investigative reporter Hilde Lysiak and stars Jim Sturgess and Brooklynn Prince. HOME BEFORE DARK returns for a second season on June 11, 2021 on Apple TV+, with 10 episodes.
Chu will next direct Universal’s WICKED, the feature film adaptation of the record-breaking musical phenomenon that is in its 17th smash-hit year on Broadway.
Chu’s previous credits include STEP UP 2: THE STREETS, GI. JOE: RETALIATION, JUSTIN BIEBER’S NEVER SAY NEVER and many other titles. Additionally, his unique storytelling ability has earned him the honor of being on the Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 list, as well as Variety’s New Hollywood Leaders.

Director’s statement

“I knew what it felt like to be an immigrant kid and to watch the community that grew out of that and to decide: what do you choose to carry forward as an American now living here and calling this place home? […] The spirit of this movie—that’s what Lin and Quiara created so many years ago and that I’ve been lucky enough to be invited in to, it’s what you felt on the streets of Washington Heights every day before the pandemic. I got to learn day-by-day, listening and discovering every word, every line and what they meant in the musical. Along the way, I could not have anticipated the amount of stuff that I would learn about simply being a human being.”

International distribution
Warner Bros. (USA) 

Italian distribution
Festival contact
Warner Bros. Entertainment Italia (Italy)