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Last Applause, The (Letzte Applaus, Der)

The Last Applause tells the emotional story of a group of old forgotten tango singers from Buenos Aires, who for many years used to perform together in one of the city’s most famous tango bars, the “Bar El Chino”. After the owner of the bar mysteriously died in 2001, it was taken over by his widow and her new partner. Just a couple of weeks later, this incredible place lay in ruins.

The Last Applause follows the lives of these forgotten tango singers from 1999 until today. It shows their struggle to earn a living after the closure of the bar during the country’s biggest-ever economic crisis and their desperate dream to sing just one more time in front of an audience. After the old singers meet the young tango musicians of the “Orquesta Típica Imperial” they are able to realize their dream: to give one last concert and to bask in the warm audience applause, maybe for the last time in their lives...
Genre Art, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Director German Kral
Screenplay German Kral
Cinematography Ricardo de Angelis, Sorin Dragoi
Ulrike Tortora
Luis Borda
Cast Cristina de los Ángeles, Inés Arce, Julio César Fernán, Abel Frías
Producers Wolfgang Latteyer, German Kral, Hiroshi Kawai, Michio Suzuki, Akihiko Sato, Miwako Fujioka
Production Company German Kral Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with Happinet/Tokyo
Runtime 88 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Hof 2008, Cork 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, INCAA
German Distributor Arsenal Film/Tuebingen

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