Cuba/Germany/U.S., 105 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Wim Wenders, Rated G, Janus Films
Buena Vista Social Club
Friday, 3/24 through Sunday, 3/26
"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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