(Mexico/Spain/USA/2017—directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi)
Chavela is the captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved singer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican music and triumphant return to the stage late in life earned her a new level of fame. When she was 14, Chavela ran away to sing in the streets of Mexico City; by the 1950s she was a household name, thanks to her raw passion and unique voice. Equally influential was Chavela’s life as a sexual pioneer, having many female lovers at a time when being out in Mexico was dangerous. In the 1991 interview at the core of the film – her first public appearance after years lost to alcoholism and heartbreak – Chavela openly comes out as a lesbian and rises to her momentous third act, becoming a muse to Pedro Almodóvar, earning a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and selling out concerts around the world. Grand Jury Prize, Outfest Los Angeles. In Spanish with English subtitles. (93 min.)
“A Mexican lesbian diva who can wring your very soul.” -Jonathan Romney, The Guardian
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