Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
Chilean director Valeria Sarmiento weaves a tale of love, betrayal, and civil unrest centering around a nightclub in 1950s pre-Communist Cuba in her 2002 romantic drama Rosa La China. Notorious businessman Santiago Ordenez (Juan Luis Galiardo), who primarily goes by the nickname Dulzara, operates a high-profile club/casino with the protection of some local politicians with whom he has dubious relationships. A large portion of the club's success is due to its star singer, Rosa (Luisa Maria Jiminez), who also happens to be Dulzara's lover. Rosa, however, has recently started into another affair with a somewhat younger womanizer named Marcos (Abel Rodriguez). As romantic alliances begin and end, political alliances also begin to shift as Cuba's people begin moving towards revolution, which will a profound affect on Dulzara's club and his way of life. Rosa La China was selected for inclusion into the 2002 Venice Film Festival.