Cuba/Germany/U.S., 105 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Wim Wenders, Rated G, Janus Films
"The dreams that Mr. Ferrer and his colleagues have realized, of course, do not reflect the austere collectivist vision of Fidel Castro. They are the echoes of a world that the Communist revolution may have erased in physical fact but not in memory." – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Music isn't a pastime, it's a way of life in Wim Wenders’ Buena Vista Social Club. In 1996 Ry Cooder went to Havana to record an album of classic Cuban popular music. Searching, he came upon a number of veteran musicians forgotten in their own land. The music they made together - timeless and sublime - won a Grammy and sold in the millions, making seasoned pros like Compay Segundo, Omara Portuondo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez and Eliades Ochoa unlikely international stars - overnight. Director Wim Wenders joins the band in a Havana studio as it records a new album and follows the group in concert to Amsterdam and New York, where the traveling players fall, memorably, under the spell of the Big Apple.
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