Germany, Argentina 2015
85 minutes
directed by: German Kral

Buenos Aires nights echo with the sounds of the bandoneon, with stories of love, and with the unique and unmatchable beauty of tango. During such nights one of the greatest dancers in the history of tango, Maria Nieves, and her legendary partner, Juan Carlos Copes, share their memories with a group of young dancers and choreographers, who in turn convert their stories into breath-taking choreographies. These are stunning in their execution, not only supremely sophisticated and masterful, but also powerful in the emotions they embody with their movements. Before our eyes the dances transform into stories of love and passion, of tenderness and pain, of vulnerability and strength imbued by harmony.

Masterful photography and camerawork, echoing unforgettable cinema cast a permanent spell with the scenes and images unfolding on the screen. Equally so, the close-ups of the two charismatic dancers, whose faces still radiate the fullness of emotion and dignity. Also extraordinary are the reconstructions of the milongas of Buenos Aires, those seminal events and places where energies crossed to create tango, where dancers’ steps wrote out its living history, whose essence the participants and authors of the film aim to reach. There is no doubt that German Kral is the ideal author of this documentary – Argentinian by birth, a European filmmaker by education and experience, and long-time collaborator of Wim Wenders, his professor at the Munich film school, whose influence extends beyond the role of executive producer on this film.

An exciting work which interweaves a dramatic love story with unforgettable inspired movements of tango’s finest dancers captured by fascinating and kinesthetic shots.

German Kral

Born in 1968 in Buenos Aires in Argentina. Moved to Germany in 1991 to study film at the Munich Film School. Between 1993 and 1996 he worked as a student with Wim Wenders on the film “A Trick of the Light”. His diploma film “Images of the Absence”, was awarded the First Prize at the Yamagata Film Festival in Japan. His film “Música Cubana“, executive produced by Wim Wenders, had its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has been sold all over the world. He is based in Munich and Buenos Aires.

Selected filmography

  • IMAGES OF THE ABSENCE (Imágenes de la ausencia), 1998
  • BERND AJHINGER, WHEN LIFE BECOMES FILM (Bernd Eichinger, When Life Becomes Film), 2000
  • THAT’S LIFE (So ist das Leben – La vida es así), 2002
  • THE LAST APPLAUSE (El último aplauso), 2009
  • OUR LAST TANGO (Un tango más), 2015