DIRECTOR: LUCY WALKER
USA / 2017
FRIDAY 5:00PM / CINEMA 3
RUNNING TIME: 110 MINS
centre stage is the music itself and the characters are so brilliant you’d struggle not to be swept up in it all.
The 1997 album “Buena Vista Social Club” and the subsequent film, made international stars out of several Cuban musicians who had thought that time and the world had passed them by. This is both an exemplary sequel and a vital, informative companion piece which chronicles the late-life careers of the “Buena Vista” stars, many of whom have since died, and puts the music in its social and historical contexts. Lucy Walker’s film reveals the ambivalence with which some of the musicians viewed newfound fame while celebrating their deep-seated love of their unique Cuban music.