Tango (1998 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Carlos Saura
Produced by Carlos Mentasti
Luis A. Scalella
Screenplay by Carlos Saura
Starring Miguel Ángel Solá
Mía Maestro
Juan Luis Galiardo
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Edited by Julia Juaniz
Adela Pictures
Alma Ata International Pictures
Argentina Sono Film
Astrolabio Producciones
Distributed by Líder Films (ARG)
Warner Bros. (ESP)
Sony Pictures Classics (USA)
Release dates
  • August 6, 1998 (1998-08-06) (Argentina)
  • September 25, 1998 (1998-09-25) (Spain)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish
Budget ESP 700 million
Box office $1,687,311
(United States)

Tango (Spanish: Tango, no me dejes nunca) is a 1998 Argentine-Spanish musical 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.



Tango was shown out of competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.[1]




  • 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.

Home media[edit]

Tango was issued on DVD by Sony Pictures in August 1999, in Spanish with English subtitles.


  1. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Tango". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved : August 11, 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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