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The Sound of the Bandoneón by Jiska Rickels
Sound of the Bandoneon, The

Sound of the Bandoneon, The

A lively, melancholic tribute to the bandoneón – the beating heart of the tango -  threatened with extinction.

Rickels’ film is a search for the soul of the bandoneón, an instrument inextricably linked to Argentine tango and folk music. Old bandoneóns break down and new ones are hardly ever manufactured. Since tourists take them home, the bandoneón is in real danger of disappearing. Famous Argentine composer and player Néstor Marconi, playing in tango venues of Buenos Aires, tries to keep the bandoneón alive. A musical road movie showing a passionate struggle.

75’ / DCP / colour   

Prod: Selfmade Films  
Co-prod: NTVF Producties 
Dir: Jiska Rickels     
Sc: Jiska Rickels           
D.O.P.: Martijn van Broekhuizen
Completed: November 2011       
Language: Spanish/German (English subtitles)   

Jiska Rickels:
BABAJI, AN INDIAN LOVE STORY (2009, doc) Award: Regards Neuf Vision du Reel Nyon, 4 ELEMENTS (2006, doc) Awards: a.o. Best Film Trento Int. FF, Best Feature Length doc Femina Int. FF Brazil, Best Cinematography Chicago Int. FF, HIMMELFILM (2004, short doc), UNTERTAGE (2003, short doc).

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