OUR LAST TANGO will be released in UK cinemas on 22nd September www.ourlasttangofilm.co.uk #OurLastTangoFilm
Director: German Kral
Writer: German Kral, Daniel Speck (Screenplay)
Plot: The life and love story of Argentina’s famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation tore them apart.
Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Delightful Dance Documentary
Story: Our Last Tango starts with our 80-year-old dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes telling their story of how they met as teenagers and how their styles just clicked, we learn how they were just the perfect match when it came to stage and dancing for 50 years.
We learn how the two did have their difference on and off the stage but did take Tango to a new level for a new audience, we see how their own personal lives affects life decisions which eventually led to the break-up of the dancing partnership.
Thoughts on Our Last Tango
Story – The film here shows us the way tango evolved to keep up with more popular or modern dance trends from the 1950s right up to the modern-day times, we learn how the two most iconic dancers from the field went from small venues to bring invited around the world to show off the tango. We do learn the personal effects of the long-term dance partnership on the two stars, we do get to follow this story like the students and journalists interviewing the two icons which helps us relate to the learning process too.
Documentary/Music – When you watch a documentary you want to learn about the subject matter, that happens here, while you don’t learn how to tango, that will require lessons, you will learn how it became popular in the modern culture.
Final Thoughts – Tango will always be a dance people will talk about, not many can master and this will give you the lessons about the two icons of the dance that helped bring it into the modern world even after their own personal differences.
Overall: This is a good watch for documentary fans.
Argentina, Germany 2015
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Runtime: 85 minutes
OUR LAST TANGO premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and also screened at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan and the Berlin International Film Festival.
Director German Kral was born in 1968 in Argentina and moved to Germany in 1991 to study film at the Munich Film School. A former pupil of Wim Wenders, between 1993 and 1996 he worked with Wenders on the feature film A Trick of the Light. His film Música Cubana (2004), executive produced by Wim Wenders, had its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has been sold all over the world.
OUR LAST TANGO Key Production Credits
Production Companies: Lailaps Pictures, Horres Film & TV, German Kral Filmproduktion
Screenwriter / Director: German Kral
Producers: Nils Dünker, Dieter Horres, German Kral
Co-producers: Birgit Rothörl, Josef Brandmaier
Executive Producers: Wim Wenders, Rodrigo Furth, Jakob Abrahamsson
Director of Photography: Jo Heim BVK, Félix Monti ADF
Costumes designer: Giselle Peisojovich, Cecilia Belsito
Production designer: Matías Martínez
Sound: Celeste Palma
Sound designer: Jörg Elsner
Music composer: Luis Borda, Sexteto Mayor
Editor: Ulrike Tortora
Cast: María Nieves Rego, Juan Carlos Copes
About Celluloid Circus and the Argentine Film Festival
Celluloid Circus is a film events and promotions company championing the most exciting films from around the world including outstanding Spanish-language films such as Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent and Damián Szifron’s BAFTA Best Foreign Film winner Wild Tales.
In 2012 Celluloid Circus launched London’s first Argentine Film Festival to provide a showcase for the best contemporary films from and about Argentina, and in 2016 celebrated their fifth festival with Argentine director Pablo Trapero in attendance at special summer edition across Curzon and Picturehouse Cinemas in London’s West End.
2017 will see Celluloid Circus take a new direction with this, it’s first theatrical release of a Spanish-language title into UK cinemas.