Buena Vista Social Club

Release Date: June 18th, 1999

DVD Release Date: February 20th, 2001

G |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

This documentary by lauded German filmmaker Wim Wenders follows renowned guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim, as they travel to Cuba and assemble a group of the country's finest musicians to record an album. Among the artists included in the project are singer Ibrahim Ferrer and pianist Rubén González, who are both interviewed and featured in studio footage. Eventually the ensemble travels to the United States to perform in front of rapt audiences.

Cast: Luis Barzaga, Joachim Cooder, Ry Cooder, Julio Alberto Fernández, Ibrahim Ferrer, Carlos González, Rubén González, Salvador Repilado Labrada

Director: Wim Wenders

Genres: Documentary , Music

Production Co: Kintop Pictures

Distributors: Artisan Entertainment

Keywords: Emotional , Spirited , New York City , Rise , 1990s , Underdog ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    A poetry of love, longing and affirmation bleeds through the music of Cuba, and some of the best sounds the island ever created are captured with embracing humanity. show more

  • 88
    San Francisco Examiner

    A 140-minute film masterpiece. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    At the end, we're left with a desire to hear even more of this music and hang out a little longer with these musicians. show more

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Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Documentary (Feature)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)