Buena Vista Social Club


1h 44m 1998
Buena Vista Social Club

Brief Synopsis

Documentary focusing on the relationship between American music star Ry Cooder and a veteran group of Cuban musicians. Cooder worked to reunite as many of Havana's old guard as possible, first for the hugely successful Buena Vista Social Club album, and then for another record and shows in Havana, New York and Amsterdam. Here band members are interviewed, including the 90 year old guitarist Compay Segundo and the Cuban Nat King Cole, Ibrahim Ferrer.

Film Details

Also Known As
The
MPAA Rating
Genre
Documentary
Latino
Music
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
Artisan Entertainment
Location
Amsterdam, Netherlands; New York City, New York, USA; Havana, Cuba

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

Synopsis

Documentary focusing on the relationship between American music star Ry Cooder and a veteran group of Cuban musicians. Cooder worked to reunite as many of Havana's old guard as possible, first for the hugely successful Buena Vista Social Club album, and then for another record and shows in Havana, New York and Amsterdam. Here band members are interviewed, including the 90 year old guitarist Compay Segundo and the Cuban Nat King Cole, Ibrahim Ferrer.

Crew

Sigfredo Ariel

Music

Theo Bierkens

Camera Operator

Mitch Bogard

Lighting

Denise Booth

Other

Rosa Bosch

Associate Producer

Jerry Boys

Sound Recordist

Lew Brown

Song

Octavio Calderon

Music

Isolina Carillo

Song

Stephen Consentino

Camera Operator

Joachim Cooder

Other

Joachim Cooder

Music

Ry Cooder

Music

Ry Cooder

Other

Rose-marie Couture

Other

Eusebio Delfin

Song

B. G. Desylva

Song

Angel Terry Domech

Music

Forero Esther

Song

Osvaldo Farres

Song

Ulrich Felsberg

Executive Producer

Ulrich Felsberg

Producer

Ibrahim Ferrer

Music

Ibrahim Ferrer

Other

Ibrahim Ferrer

Music

Guillermo Rodriguez Fiffe

Song

Manuel Galban

Music

Robert Garcia

Music

Hugo Garzon

Music

Nick Gold

Other

Nick Gold

Music Producer

Carlos Gonz├člez

Music

Juan De Marcos Gonzalez

Music

Juan De Marcos Gonzalez

Consultant

Juan De Marcos Gonzalez

Other

Ruben Gonzalez

Music

Ruben Gonzalez

Other

Mack Gordon

Song

Ray Henderson

Song

Rafael Hernandez Marin

Song

Birgit Hillenius

Camera Operator

Brian Johnson

Editor

Victor Lay

Song

Ernesto Lecuona

Song

Pio Leyva

Music

Pio Leyva

Other

Manuel Licea

Other

Manuel Licea

Music

Israel Lopez

Song

Orchestes Lopez

Song

Orlando Lopez

Music

Orlando Lopez

Other

Manuel Mirabal

Music

Manuel Mirabal

Other

Linda Moran

Unit Production Manager

Martin Muller

Sound

Robby Muller

Director Of Photography

Robby Muller

Other

Deepak Nayar

Producer

Eliades Ochoa

Other

Eliades Ochoa

Music

Faustino Oramas

Song

Gilbert Oviedo

Music

Alejandro Pichardo

Music

Yanko Pichardo

Music

Claire Pijman

Camera Operator

Guillermo Portabales

Song

Cole Porter

Song

Omara Portuondo

Music

Omara Portuondo

Other

E Benjamin Posnack

Sound Mixer

Jesus Ramos

Music

Francisco Repilado

Song

Salvador Repilado

Music

Lisa Rinzler

Director Of Photography

Lisa Rinzler

Other

Jose Antonio Rodriguez

Music

Rafael Rey Rodriguez

Line Producer

Raul Rogut

Music

Celia Romero

Song

Richard Rutkowski

Camera Operator

Sergio Saiba

Song

Luba Schatzberg

Production

Ivan Scull

Lighting

Compay Segundo

Other

Compay Segundo

Music

David Stahlbauer

Stage Manager

Benito Suarez

Music

Barbarito Torres

Other

Barbarito Torres

Music

Alberto Valdes

Music

Amadito Valdes

Other

Amadito Valdes

Music

Maria Teresa Vera

Song

Lazaro Villa

Music

Harry Warren

Song

Jorg Widmer

Director Of Photography

Jorg Widmer

Other

Jorg Widmer

Steadicam Operator

Film Details

Also Known As
The
MPAA Rating
Genre
Documentary
Latino
Music
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
Artisan Entertainment
Location
Amsterdam, Netherlands; New York City, New York, USA; Havana, Cuba

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

Award Nominations

Best Documentary Feature

1999

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Documentary Feature from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Documentary from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Documentary from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Documentary from the Online Film Critics Society.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Non-Fiction Film from the National Society of Film Critics.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Non-Fiction Film from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary at the 1999 Seattle International Film Festival.

Winner of two 1999 Golden Satellites, including Best Documentary and Best Sound (Elmo Webber, Martin Muller and Jerry Boys), from the International Press Academy.

Released in United States Summer June 4, 1999

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States December 1998

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States February 1999

Released in United States 2000

Shown at International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba December 1-11, 1998.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (Closing Night) April 22 - May 6, 1999.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Documentaries: Truth with an Attitude) May 13 - June 6, 1999.

Shown at Berlin Film Festival February 10-21, 1999.

Shown at Miami Film Festival February 19-28, 1999.

Shown at Malaga Spanish Film Festival May 28 - June 4, 2000.

Broadcast in USA over PBS July 19, 2000.

Broadcast in USA over PBS November 3, 1999.

Project includes concert footage of various performances in Amsterdam and New York City's Carnegie Hall.

Released in United States Summer June 4, 1999

Released in United States 1998 (World premiere at the 1998 International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana.)

Released in United States December 1998 (Shown at International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba December 1-11, 1998.)

Released in United States 1999 (US premiere at the 1999 Miami Film Festival.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (Closing Night) April 22 - May 6, 1999.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Documentaries: Truth with an Attitude) May 13 - June 6, 1999.)

Released in United States February 1999 (Shown at Berlin Film Festival February 10-21, 1999.)

Released in United States February 1999 (Shown at Miami Film Festival February 19-28, 1999.)

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Malaga Spanish Film Festival May 28 - June 4, 2000.)

Winner Best Documentary at the 2000 German Film Awards.