Wim Wenders’ widely acclaimed 1999 film enters a new era after a Janus Films restoration. To make a record, American musician Ry Cooder assembled a group of Cuban musicians, many of whom had been stars in the country’s forgotten pre-Communist revolution music scene. After the album became a worldwide smash, Wenders filmed the musicians on tour with travel footage and tasteful concert sequences. The film remains engaging today due to the good-natured Cubans, but also because Wenders focuses in on their music. Infused with the gentle virtuosity and taste earned from age and experience, their songs and performances are snapshots of what today seems even more like a vanished world.
Screens Sunday, September 11 at noon. Tickets will be available at the door.
Dir. Wim Wenders; 1999; 105 min; Germany/USA, English and Spanish with English subtitles; DCP.