Chateau Vato


The Wednesday, March 11 screening is at RUSH. Tickets for the Sunday, March 15 screening are still available. Learn more about RUSH.

The prolific, Miami-based screenwriter and producer Tom Musca first captivated Miami Film Festival audiences with his exceptionally powerful Stand and Deliver (1988), which went on to garner an Oscar nomination and become a cinematic classic. He returns to MFF with the funny and moving Chateau Vato, featuring hilarious lead performances from Paul Rodriguez and Elpidia Carrillo.

A skilled gardener and his family move into an abandoned mansion after discovering the death of its wealthy owner. As the family leaves poverty and hardship behind, and start embracing the comforts of the good life, the adventure of squatting nevertheless threatens to tear them apart; especially as they begin to unearth mysteries surrounding the homeowner's death.

This rags-to-riches comedy of errors and mistaken identities is a strong indictment of the seemingly ever-widening class divide.

This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, FlixLatino and ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity.

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MDC’s Tower Theater Miami 1

SilverSpot Cinema 11

Director Bio

Tom Musca is one of Miami's most prolific producers. Musca's Stand and Deliver, a Warner Brothers' film he wrote and produced, debuted at the Miami Film Festival three decades ago, going on to garner an Oscar nomination. He has continued his career as a producer with features like I Hate Sundays, Amaraica and Make Love Great Again (MFF 18). He is the writer and director of Chateu Vato.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Tom Musca
  • Producer(s)
    Tom Musca, Timothy Sparks
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Tom Musca
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Arturo Smith
  • Composer
    José Luis Esquivel, Rosino Serrano
  • Cast
    Paul Rodriguez, Elpidia Carrillo, Patricia de Leon, Jenny Arzola, Tomas Roldan, Nicholas Simmons, Cesar Gracia

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Original Title
    Chateau Vato
  • Country
    United States
  • Run-Time
    107 min
  • Language
    English, Spanish
  • Subtitles