Buena Vista Social Club

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

Hard to credit that Wenders can still come up with a film that people actually want to see, but this project (handed to him on a plate by Ry Cooder) is a blinder. It documents the second phase in Cooder's reactivation of a group of elderly soneros musicians in Cuba: a trip to Havana in early 1998 to record with the amazing Ibrahim Ferrer, which prompts a reunion of the musicians who'd worked with Cooder on the original 'Buena Vista Social Club' album and leads to SRO concerts in Amsterdam and New York. The film-making is workmanlike and never gets in the way of the pleasure of seeing these incredible oldsters getting the standing ovations they've deserved all their lives.

By: TR


Release details

101 mins

Cast and crew

Wim Wenders
Compay Segundo
Ibrahim Ferrer
Ry Cooder
Eliades Ochoa
Omara Portuondo
Orlando 'Cachaito' Lopez
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