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Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

  • Directed by Lucy Walker
  • United States/Cuba, 2017, 111 mins., Spanish

Wim Wenders’s Buena Vista Social Club (1999) introduced a wide new audience to the marvels of son cubano musicians and made international stars of ageing troubadours Ibrahim Ferrer—”the Cuban Nat King Cole”—Ruben Gonzalez, Omara Portundo, and 93-year-old guitarist Compay Segundo, among others. Walker’s new film offers a touching farewell to these beloved musicians, drawing on archival footage and outtakes from Wenders’s original film, before following the now vastly changed Social Club ensemble as they embark on their farewell tour. Reflecting on where they’ve come from and those that have passed, Adios offers a tribute to a rich musical tradition and the culture from which it sprang.

Appears in: Reel Music 35

Genres: Documentary