Buena Vista Social Club (1999)


In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native city of Havana. The result is a spectacular compilation of concert footage from the group's gigs in Amsterdam and New York City's famed Carnegie Hall, with director Wim Wenders capturing not only the music -- but also the musicians' life stories.

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Kickass Score: 7.3/10 from 77 votes
Release Date: 1999-02-17
Status: Released
Run time: 105 min / 1:45
Production Countries: Cuba, Germany, France, United Kingdom, United States of America

Buena Vista Social Club Casts

Compay Segundo
as himself
Eliades Ochoa
as himself
Ry Cooder
as himself
Joachim Cooder
as himself
Ibrahim Ferrer
as himself
Omara Portuondo
as herself
Rubén González
as himself
Orlando 'Cachaíto' López
as himself
Amadito Valdés
as himself
Manuel 'Guajiro' Mirabal
as himself
Barbarito Torres
as himself
Pío Leyva
as himself
Manuel 'Puntillita' Licea
as himself
Juan de Marcos González
as himself
Lázaro Villa
as himself

Buena Vista Social Club Crew

Camera Robby Müller Director of Photography
Writing Wim Wenders Screenplay
Directing Wim Wenders Director
Production Deepak Nayar Producer
Production Ulrich Felsberg Producer
Production Ulrich Felsberg Executive Producer
Camera Lisa Rinzler Director of Photography
Production Linda Moran Unit Production Manager
Sound Elmo Weber Sound
Camera Jörg Widmer Director of Photography
Camera Jörg Widmer Steadicam Operator
Sound Martin Müller Sound
Camera Theo Bierkens Camera Operator
Editing Monica Anderson Editor
Production Rosa Bosch Associate Producer
Camera Claire Pijman Camera Operator
Camera Brigit Hillenius Camera Operator
Sound Ai-Ling Lee Sound Editor
Camera Stephen Consentino Steadicam Operator
Sound Orada Jusatayanond Sound Editor
Production Rafael Rey Rodríguez Line Producer
Camera David Waterston Camera Operator
Editing Brian Johnson Editor
Sound E. Benjamin Posnack Sound mixer
Crew Kristi Lake Post Production Supervisor