Central CFI cinemas in Beijing to screen The Rolling Stones epic concert


Global distribution company MusicScreen and European-Chinese distributor Pannonia Entertainment are to partner on the theatrical release in China of The Rolling Stones -  Havana Moon.  


25 March 2016 is a date that will go down in Cuban and Rock ‘n’ Roll history. On that date, The Rolling Stones became the first rock band to play a massive free outdoor concert to hundreds of thousands in Havana, Cuba. The historic concert was filmed by award winning director Paul Dugdale and produced by Eagle Rock Entertainment and JA Films. The result is a must-see cinema experience.


Mick Jagger said, “The Cuba show was simply amazing. It was an incredible moment; a huge sea of people for as far as the eye could see. You could feel the buzz of the enthusiasm from the crowd and that was for me the stand out moment.”


Keith Richards said, “There’s the sun, the moon, the stars and The Rolling Stones. Seeing Cuba to finally get the chance to rock out was special… A night to remember in Havana.”


Klaudia Elsässer, Founder and Managing Director of Pannonia Entertainment said,“We are proud to be teaming up with MusicScreen to release this visually and orally stunning concert on film. It recreates one of the most exciting and timeless moments in music history for the Chinese market, and will be screened in the unique China Film Archive’s central cinema in Beijing.”


MusicScreen, who specialize in bringing music concerts to cinema, have already distributed this film to more than 1500 screens throughout Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Latin America. CEO David Pope commented: “It’s great to be working with Pannonia and a real achievement to have Havana Moon screening in China,”


Mr. Li Tao, award-winning director and manager of Central CFI Cinemas, Beijingcommented, "It's amazing that The Rolling Stones could made his revolutionary trip to Cuba and made a marvelous performance to Cuban people. I wish The Rolling Stones could come to China sometime in the near future. I was impressed by their energetic and professional performance. They are the superstar as always. It's really nice to have them on the big screen.  I appreciated very much to bring the film to Chinese audiences.”


The British rockers highly anticipated free show attracted a million people in the country's capital city in the same week as President Obama became the first serving US President to visit Cuba in 88 years. TV News reported that Obama was ‘the warm up act’ for the Rolling Stones and Obama paid tribute to the Stones in his first speech to the world’s media in Havana. As the Stones took to the stage under a perfect ‘Havana Moon’ for a show that will forever go down in history books as a life changing moment for a country on the brink of change, there was nothing that was going to come between the band and their fans including the Vatican in Rome who had objected to rock ‘n’ roll in Havana on Good Friday.


Mick Jagger welcomed the massive crowd who had come to watch the historic show: “Finally the times are changing, Cuba we are so happy to be here." and joked with his bandmates during the performance describing them as "The Revolutionary Ronnie Wood…Charlie Che Watts….Compadre Keith Richards"


They played all the hits including ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’, ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Honky Tonk Women’, ‘Start Me Up’, ‘Brown Sugar’, You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and a few suprises too.


As one Cuban said, “Wow never, ever, ever did I think we would see this. This has been a big dream for me. We want more, more, more of this. This is the beginning. Fantastico"


Another concert goer commented, “This is a moment I have been dreaming about for a really long time. I have just witnessed the most important concert in Cuba in a long time because it’s The Rolling Stones.”


The Stones film Havana Moon will transport cinemagoers onto and out front of the Rolling Stones gigantic stage and immerse them in the excitement of that groundbreaking night in Havana. The title Havana Moon comes from an old Chuck Berry song.


Stunning performance” Frances Robles, New York Times

This was no ordinary concert” Richard L. Dewey, Rolling Stone

Spectacular” Jonathan Watts, The Guardian

Never seen anything quite like it” Julia Kuttner, Mirror

Unforgettable” Robin De Peyer, Evening Standard

Epic and history making” Harriet Alexander, Telegraph


The Rolling Stones - Havana Moon is available to purchase as DVD and Blu-ray.


About MusicScreen:

MusicScreen distributes live performances of premium quality popular music artists exclusively into cinemas worldwide. The company launched in November 2013 with Universal Music’s artist ‘Keane’ into 500 cinemas in over 20 countries and has since broadcast artists as diverse as KISS and Laura Mvula. MusicScreen brings all the excitement and atmosphere of a live music event to cinema screens around the world. All made possible by the combined skills of cinema and audio professionals. The cinema audiences feel like they are actually at the live venue.

“A surreal experience, the next best thing to being there.”

“We are singing along and clapping like we are really there.”

Check out the website to see more feedback from fans around the world and an update on the latest cinema concerts. www.musicscreen.co.uk


About Pannonia Entertainment:

* Pannonia Entertainment Ltd is a leading event cinema agency and film distributor targeting Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkan and Baltic area, and recently China. It has extensive experience in dealing with premium alternative content for cinemas, including operas, ballets, exhibition tours, pop  and classical concerts, theatrical performances and films. It was the first distributor which managed to bring Art Beats series – Vatican Museums 3D with 3D Mandarin subs into Beijing cinemas, always with full house. 

* Pannonia's most successful releases include: The Vatican Museums 3D; Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest; Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun; Jimi Hendrix: Live in Woodstock; Doors at the Bowl; Alien; Aliens; 2001: A Space Odyssey.

* Pannonia's critically acclaimed releases include: Royal Opera House Live in Cinemas series,  Royal Shakespeare Company seasons, Shakespeare's Globe seasons, Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company series - all with local subtitles; Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening with Puccini; Anna Netrebko and Dmitrij Hvorostovsky concert from Moscow’s Red Square; The Three Stars in Munich;  The Three Tenors in Rome 1990; Roger Waters: The Wall; André Rieu Maastricht concerts; André Rieu: Christmas with André;  Vatican Museums 3D; Florence – The Uffizi Gallery 3D; Saint Peter’s and The Papal Basilicas of Rome 3D; Richard III from Almeida Theatre; Bosch: The Garden of Dreams.

* Upcoming Pannonia releases include: All’Opera season from Teatro alla Scala; Raphael – The Lord of Arts 3D; Caravaggio – The ideal Exhibition; Jonas Kaufmann: My Italy; Stage Russia – theatrical pieces with local subtitles; and such re-releases as Amadeus and La dolce vita. www.pannonia-entertainment.com



About Eagle Rock:

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Kiss, Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world. Eagle Rock Entertainment is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company. www.eagle-rock.com


About JA Films:

JA Films is an award winning, internationally acclaimed, established production company which excels in creating beautiful, compelling films and content for world-class artists and clients. From capturing huge music performances to intriguing documentary content to small intimate performances, JA Films has music running through it’s DNA. Artists they have worked with in recent years include Adele, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Kylie, Tinie Tempah, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sande and The Rolling Stones, the latter who they have created four films for. Recent industry accolades have included Grammy nominations in 2014 and 2013 for Best Music Film and a Broadcast Award in 2015 for Best Music Programme. http://www.jafilms.tv