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Cannes: Lucy Walker to Direct ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Sequel

Cannes: Lucy Walker to Direct 'Buena Vista Social Club' Sequel

Broad Green Pictures is launching production on “Buena Vista Social Club – Adios,” a sequel sixteen years after Wim Wenders’ original Oscar-nominated film that put Cuban music culture on the global stage, following Ry Cooder as he brought prominent Cuban musicians out of retirement. Two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker will direct, with Christine Cowin and Zak Kilberg producing. 

With the band on their final and hugely ambitious world tour, the five original band members take us on a journey revealing their personal and professional highs and lows since 1999, while remembering the infamous band members they’ve lost. The tour will culminate in a series of homecoming concerts in Havana. Principal photography is slated to begin in July 2015 with theatrical release targeted in 2016. Broad Green’s Victor Moyers and Asher Goldstein will oversee production for the studio. 

Walker’s documentary credits including Oscar nominees “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” and “Waste Land,” the 2013 HBO documentary “Crash Reel” and 2014 Sundance doc “The Lion’s Mouth Opens” about a young actress confronting Huntington’s Disease, which HBO will air May 25.

Broad Green Pictures is financing the “Buena Vista” sequel and will lead production alongside Blink TV and Convergent Media (formerly Social Construct Media). Broad Green has worldwide rights to the film and will distribute in the United States, with Mister Smith Entertainment handling international sales. International sales conversations will begin at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The partnership between the two companies was announced earlier this year with Broad Green acquiring a 45% stake in Mister Smith. This project marks the first of many to be announced in their collaboration.

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