Board Green is financing the project with Lucy Walker (“Waste Land”) directing and Christine Cowin and Zak Kilberg producing. Broad Green has worldwide rights and will distribute in the United States, with Mister Smith Entertainment handling international sales, starting at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Buena Vista Social Club — Adios” is the first project to emerge from the partnership between Broad Green and Mister Smith since the two companies announced Broad Green had bought a 45% stake in Mister Smith.
Wenders’ film, which was nominated for a best documentary Oscar, centered on efforts by Ry Cooder to bring together prominent Cuban musicians to record an album and to perform in Amsterdam and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The film included concert footage and interviews with the main performers. It grossed $23 million worldwide.
“Buena Vista Social Club — Adios” will begin shooting in July and focus on the five original band members on tour, and their personal and professional highs and lows since 1999. The tour will culminate in a series of homecoming concerts in Havana.
Broad Green will lead production alongside Blink TV and Convergent Media. Victor Moyers and Asher Goldstein will oversee production for the studio.
Broad Green, founded by Gabriel and Daniel Hammond in 2014, has focused on adult-oriented dramas with a release slate including “99 Homes,” “A Walk in the Woods” and Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups.”