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Dinner and a Movie: Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

April 12, 2018 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected brush with world fame. The veteran vocalists and instrumentalists collaborated with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social Club, playing a jazz-inflected mix of cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other traditional Latin American styles, and recording an album that won a Grammy and made them an international phenomenon. In the wake of this success, director Wim Wenders filmed the ensemble’s members—including golden-voiced Ibrahim Ferrer and piano virtuoso Rubén González—in a series of illuminating interviews and live performances. The result is one of the most beloved music documentaries of the 1990s, and an infectious ode to a neglected corner of Cuba’s prerevolutionary heritage.

Thursday, April 12

Trucking Delicious food truck
Gund Gallery Front Lawn: 5:00 PM

Film screening: 7:00 PM
Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery

About Dinner and a Movie:

This curated series is inspired by themes central to the museum’s spring exhibitions and programs as well as issues important to our community. Join us for a food truck dinner before each screening.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.


Image courtesy of Road Movies, synopsis courtesy of the Criterion Collection.