Arne Glimcher, Ole!

A Manhattan art dealer turns movie director, bringing the sounds of Cuban Americans to exuberant screen life

Cesar Castillo, newly arrived from Cuba to make his fortune as a bandleader in New York City's thriving Latino music scene, has a prayer for success: "In the name of the mambo and the rumba and the cha-cha-cha." Arne Glimcher, director of the exuberant new movie The Mambo Kings, may have a prayer of his own: In the name of the Cubans and the moguls and the public's whim.

The Cubans, it appears, are already in Glimcher's pocket. On opening night of the Miami Film Festival last month, they virtually adopted the director, a nice Jewish boy from Duluth, Minn., as...