Tango (1998 film)
Original theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Carlos Saura|
|Produced by||Carlos Mentasti
Luis A. Scalella
|Screenplay by||Carlos Saura|
|Starring||Miguel Ángel Solá
Juan Luis Galiardo
|Music by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Edited by||Julia Juaniz|
Alma Ata International Pictures
Argentina Sono Film
|Distributed by||Líder Films (ARG)
Warner Bros. (ESP)
Sony Pictures Classics (USA)
|Budget||ESP 700 million|
Tango (Spanish: Tango, no me dejes nunca) is a 1998 Argentine-Spanish musical drama tango film written and directed by Carlos Saura and starring Miguel Ángel Solá and Mía Maestro. It was photographed by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.
In Buenos Aires, Mario Suárez, a middle-aged theatre director, is left holed up in his apartment, licking his wounds when his girlfriend (and principal dancer) Laura leaves him. Seeking distraction, he throws himself into his next project, a musical about the tango. One evening, while meeting with his backers, he is introduced to a beautiful young woman, Elena, the girlfriend of his chief investor Angelo, a shady businessman with underworld connections.
Angelo asks Mario to audition Elena. He does so and is immediately captivated by her. Eventually, he takes her out of the chorus and gives her a leading role. An affair develops between them, but the possessive Angelo has her followed, and threatens her with dire consequences if she leaves him, mirroring Mario's own feelings and actions towards Laura before Elena entered his life.
The investors are unhappy with some of Mario's dance sequences. They don't like a routine which criticises the violent military repression and torture of the past. Angelo has been given a small part, which he takes very seriously. The lines between fact and fiction begin to blur: during a scene in the musical showing immigrants newly arrived in Argentina, two men fight over the character played by Elena. She is stabbed. Only slowly do we realise that her death is not for real.
- Miguel Ángel Solá as Mario Suárez
- Mía Maestro as Elena Flores
- Cecilia Narova as Laura Fuentes
- Juan Luis Galiardo as Angelo Larroca
- Juan Carlos Copes as Carlos Nebbia
- Carlos Rivarola as Ernesto Landi
- Sandra Ballesteros as María Elman
- Óscar Cardozo Ocampo as Daniel Stein
- Enrique Pinti as Sergio Lieman
- Julio Bocca as Julio Bocca
- Martín Seefeld as Andrés Castro
- 1998 - Goya Award for Best Sound.
- 1998 - Grand Prix Technique de la CST (Vittorio Storaro) at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
- 1998 - San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- 1998 - Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- 1998 - Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Tango was issued on DVD by Sony Pictures in August 1999, in Spanish with English subtitles.
- List of submissions to the 71st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Argentine submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- "Festival de Cannes: Tango". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- "The 71st Academy Awards (1999) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 20 October 2015.