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(12 Tangos - Adios Buenos Aires)

Scene from "12 Tangos" (photo © Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien)

12 Tangos – Adios Buenos Aires tells the story of several tangueros in crisis-ridden Buenos Aires.

When the tango was created, their grandparents, who had come from Italy and Spain, were among the millions of immigrants, stranded at the Rio de la Plata. Today, their grandchildren are heading in the opposite direction: back to Europe.

In 12 Tangos, recorded live in the hottest tango hall in town and performed by some of Argentina’s finest musicians, the film narrates the story of crisis and immigration – and connects the sentiments of its protagonists with the music, the lyrics and the dance steps of the tango.

Arne Birkenstock was born in 1967. Since 1994 he has been working as a freelancer for several public television broadcasters in Germany. He has written and directed countless short films and several TV documentaries, including MENSCHEN HAUTNAH for WDR and UNTER DEUTSCHEN DÄCHERN for ARD/Radio Bremen. A tango specialist, the first edition of his book on the subject was sold out within three weeks, selling more than 20,000 copies in Germany and the Netherlands. 12 TANGOS - ADIOS BUENOS AIRES (2005) was his first feature-length documentary, followed by the German Film Award-winning CHANDANI AND HER ELEPHANT (2010), SOUNDS OF HEIMAT - GERMANY SINGS (2012), and BELTRACCHI - THE ART OF FORGERY (2013).
Genre Art, Dance, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2005
Director Arne Birkenstock
Screenplay Arne Birkenstock
Cinematography Volker Noack
Felix Bach
Luis Borda
Cast Roberto Tonet, Yolanda Zubieta, Fabiana Zubieta, Lidia Borda, José Libertella, Marcela Maiola, Mariana Zubieta
Producers Arne Birkenstock, Thomas Springer, Helmut G. Weber
Production Companies Fruitmarket Arts & Media/Cologne, Tradewind Pictures/Cologne, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Kolkata 2006
With backing from MEDIA

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