Sixteen years after the original Buena Vista Social Club debuted, a sequel highlighting the bandmembers’ journey since the first film is set to go into production.
Broad Green Pictures announced that Buena Vista Social Club - Adios will begin principal photography in July with plans for the film to debut theatrically in 2016. Directed by Oscar nominee Lucy Walker (Waste Land), the film will follow the Buena Vista Social Club, now on its final world tour. “I am honored to follow in the footsteps of such a beloved, popular movie about such beloved, popular artists, and it’s especially fascinating during this important moment in Cuban history,” Walker said in a statement.
Covering events since the 1999 film, Adios will offer a look into the lives of the Cuban band’s five original members, as well as honoring the bandmates who have passed away. Adios will track them through the final tour that ends in a series of concerts in Havana, Cuba, while setting their journeys again the social, political, and cultural events of Cuban history.
Broad Green is producing along with Blink TV and Convergent Media. The original film, which you can watch a trailer for below, was directed by Wim Wenders and focused on how Ry Coorder brought together Cuban musicians to record an album. It received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary in 2000.