Directed by: Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi
Total Runtime: 93 min
Country of Origin: Mexico/Spain
Documentary Grand Jury Prize and the Best Documentary Feature Audience Award, Outfest; Audience Award, Frameline (San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival); Official Selection Berlin International Film Festival.
“A trailblazing free spirit whose appetite for tequila and women was as legendary as her soul-stirring vocals.”
Through its lyrical structure Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the life of iconoclastic, game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Chavela’s relaxed conversational tone as she chats with a group of young lesbian admirers in footage shot in 1991 offers viewers a rare, intimate look at the iconic singer at a pivotal time in her journey. Having just returned to the stage after 12 hard years lost to alcoholism, and a painful breakup with the love of her life, the interview occurs just before she heads to Spain where she’ll rise like a phoenix from the ashes. Strong, funny, and vitally alive, she was in her prime at 71. This unique interview serves as the spine running throughout Chavela, which explores her fascinating life from birth in Costa Rica through her everlasting presence on earth in the form of passionate love songs. In Spanish with English subtitles.