Chavela
Chavela

Winner of the audience award for Best Documentary at Frameline Film Festival, this film paints a captivating portrait of a cigar-smoking, tequila-downing rebel. Chavela Vargas revolutionised Mexico's musical landscape by smashing gender conventions by crooning traditionally male rancheras whilst seducing Mexico's elite.

Chavela sung as if she was "born with the wounds of life and death", and her performances were a dark yet cathartic journey for her audiences. This film chronicles her hard-drinking lifestyle, love affairs with Ava Gardner and Frida Kahlo, late-career collaborations with Pedro Almodóvar and ultimate heartbreak.

Filmmakers Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi use never-before-seen footage of intimate conversations with Vargas alongside archival footage and interviews with those that knew her well. Much like the singer herself, this film has seduced audiences along the film festival circuit with its poetic tale of love and loss.

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Classification: Over 18
Runtime: 90 mins
Year: 2017
Director: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
Producer: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi, Pepita Serrano, Agnes Gund
Country: USA
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Cast: Chavela Vargas, Pedro Almodóvar
Company Credits: Production Company: Aubin Pictures