Chavela

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    Chavela

    Directed by

    • Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi

    USA

    2017

    90 min

    • English
    • Spanish

    Documentary

    Through its lyrical structure, CHAVELA will take viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.

    Awards

    • 2nd Place Audience Award - Berlinale Panorama
    • Golden Athena for Best Music & Film Documentary - Athens IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Chavela Vargas
    Pedro Almodóvar
    Editing
    Carla Gutierrez
    Music
    Gil Talmi
    Production
    AUBIN PICTURES
    Sales
    LATIDO FILMS

    Press

    A ballad of solitude rendered as an anthem of joyous defiance.

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

    Films about the expression of agony rarely feel this uplifting.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Certain to bring tears to your eyes.

    Victor Fraga, D Movies

    Gund and Kyi load up on evocative photos and insightful interviews.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Catherine Gund

    Catherine Gund

    USA

    Catherine Gund, the founder of Aubin Pictures, is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer and organizer. Her media work focuses on the arts, LGBT issues, the environment, and other social justice issues. Previous productions include WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE? (Discovery); A TOUCH OF GREATNESS (PBS; Emmy-nominated); MOTHERLAND AFGHANISTAN (PBS). Her film CHAVELA (2017), which she co-directed with Daresha Kyi, screened in Berlinale Panorama.

    Daresha Kyi

    Daresha Kyi

    USA

    Daresha Kyi was born in Los Angeles, USA in 1962, she has been a filmmaker and producer for more than 25 years. She studied at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York and is part of the team of the production company Aubin Pictures. Her film CHAVELA (2017) screened at Berlinale in the Panorama section.