Buena Vista Social Club (1999) (U)

Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

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When a handful of veteran musicians assembled

in the run-down Egrem Studio in central Havana in

1998, no one foresaw that they would introduce a

global phenomenon, which has now sold over eight

million copies worldwide! A group of legendary

Cuban musicians, some as old as their nineties, were

brought together by Ry Cooder to create ‘Buena Vista

Social Club’, an anthology of songs written by the

artists themselves that has gone on to become the

biggest-selling Cuban album ever. In 1998, infatuated

by the Cuban music scene, Cooder invited renowned

German director Wim Wenders to film the recording

sessions of band member Ibrahim Ferrer, with the

help of cinematographer Robert Müller. This led to

interviews with artists across Havana, and moving

moments capturing the performers in New York for

the first time.

A box office hit, the feature won best documentary

at the European film awards, as well as an Academy

Award nomination and several other accolades.

“Infectious, intoxicating joy is conveyed in every

frame of this ravishing, exuberant documentary.”

(New Times LA)

In places the camera waves out of control, and the

constant featuring of Ry Cooder grows tedious,

but come and fall in love with Buena Vista’s

irresistible faces.