El Último Aplauso tells the story of a group of 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”. In 2001, the owner of the bar died mysteriously. Just a couple of weeks later, this incredible place lay in ruins.
El Último Aplauso follows the lives of these forgotten tango singers and 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. But above all, El último aplauso is the story of the struggle for a dream: the dream to sing in public, even if it is their last time, and receive their last applause. Life is a tango.
German Kral was born in 1968 in Buenos Aires and moved to Germany in 1991 to study film. From 1993 he has worked several times with Wim Wenders. One of their films, Imágenes de la ausencia, was awarded with the First Prize at the Yamagata Film Festival (Japan, 1999) and the Bavarian Young Lion Award in 2000. His documentary Música cubana, which opened at the Venice Film Festival in 2004, has been released theatrically in many European countries and has been sold all over the world.