Fall in Love with 'Buena Vista Social Club' Again With News of Promising Sequel
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In 1999, director Wim Wenders and musician Ry Cooder introduced the world to previously isolated musicians from Cuba in the documentary “Buena Vista Social Club.” Now comes word that the remaining members of the group will feature in a sequel.
The Guardian’s Ben Child reports: “A sequel to 'Buena Vista Social Club,' the Oscar-nominated documentary which examined attempts by the American guitarist Ry Cooder to bring together an ensemble of legendary Cuban musicians, is to move into production.”
As barriers to Cuba continue to dissolve for American tourists, a film that once again introduces the masses to a vibrant, albeit rarely seen, culture will emerge.
In 1999, few Americans had seen the country for themselves. Naturally, a wealth of talented musicians remained anonymous to a music-loving world. Thankfully, Cooder and company introduced us to the likes of Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ibrahim Ferrer, and other Cuban maestros of song.
The infectious sounds and electric personalities garnered the film worldwide acclaim and upwards of $23 million.
Variety’s Dave McNary hints at a sequel that will deliver much of the same that made the initial movie so popular.
According to McNary the movie will be called “Buena Vista Social Club — Adios” and will this time be helmed by “Waste Land’s” Lucy Walker.
The movie begins shooting in July, and presumably utilizes footage shot throughout the last decade or so as it focuses “on the five original band members on tour, and their personal and professional highs and lows since 1999.”
And much as the first movie culminated in a concert at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City, this movie will reportedly feature shows in Havana.
While details are scant, they are promising. The brief reports point to what very well might be a wonderful bookend to a captivating and important look at Cuban culture and just some of the musicians who enriched it.
That many in the group were stuck in relative anonymity for so long is a shame, but we are grateful that the spotlight of another movie has been afforded such fine masters of this beautiful craft.
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