Wim Wenders Retrospective: Buena Vista Social Club

BBFC RatingWim Wenders Retrospective: Buena Vista Social Club

Showing: 08 July 2022 until 09 July 2022 , 13 July 2022

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Fri 8 Jul 2022
Sat 9 Jul 2022
Wed 13 Jul 2022

CertificateU
Year1999
GenreDocumentary
DirectorWim Wenders
WritersWim Wenders, Nick Gold
LanguageEnglish, Spanish
CountryGermany, USA, UK, France, Cuba
Running Time1HR 45MINS
SeasonKino Dreams - Wim Wenders Retrospective

Cuba's rich and colourful past comes vividly to life in this legendary, Oscar-nominated documentary from director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire).

With a small film crew, Wim Wenders accompanies his old friend Ry Cooder, who had previously written the music for Paris, Texas and The End of Violence, on a trip to Havana.

Never a regular band, The Buena Vista Social Club had gone their separate ways after that sensational album but in this extraordinary film Wenders intimately documents Ry Cooder's return to Havana, encountering these musical legends again as they look back to the halcyon days of Cuba's music scene, when the rich and famous travelled from all over the world to listen to them.

In the climax their music comes alive once again, as they rehearse for their first - and only - performance in America, at New York's Carnegie Hall. More than a musical occasion, that historic sell-out show is the uplifting finale to this documentary, which remains one of the greatest musical films ever made.

Kino Dreams is the first UK retrospective of Wenders’ films in 15 years and the first chance for UK audiences to experience the 4K restorations of Wings of DesireThe American Friend and Kings of The Road in cinemas. The tour aims to introduce a new generation of film fans to the work of one of world cinema's most curious and creative filmmakers.