Chavela

V' 17

Chavela

Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
USA/Mexiko/E, 2017
Documentaries, 90min, OmdU

© Viennale © Viennale © Viennale

Chavela

Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
USA/Mexiko/E, 2017
Documentaries, 90min, OmdU

Cast: 
Chavela Vargas
Pedro Almodóvar
Elena Benarroch
Miguel Bosé
Screenplay: 
Catherine Gund
Daresha Kyi
Camera: 
Catherine Gund
Natalia Cuevas
Paula Gutiérrez Orío
Editor: 
Carla Gutierrez
Composer: 
Gil Talmi

Production: 
Aubin Pictures
World Sales: 
Latido Films
Distribution in Austria: 
Polyfilm
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

Singer Chavela Vargas gained a name for herself firstly in Mexico and later worldwide chiefly for her interpretation of traditional rancheras. Her masculine appearance and red poncho made her unmistakable. In Acapulco, which in the 1960’s was the playground for the rich and famous, she rubbed shoulders with many celebrities, turning the heads of Frida Kahlo and Ava Gardner with her charm and striking beauty. After a 13-year break from performing brought on as a result of her addiction to alcohol she was rediscovered in the 1990’s and enjoyed a glorious comeback as the muse of artists and directors such as pedro Almodóvar. The unpublished material in this film, as well as the interviews with Chavela herself and her contemporaries, colleagues and partners have resulted in an affectionate portrait of a charismatic and exceptional artist – who was openly lesbian throughout her life until her death in 2012 at the age of 93. (Berlinale)