september, 2017

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sat30sep11:30 amLA CHANA11:30 am

Event Details

Director: Lucija Stojevic | 85-mins. | Iceland/Spain/USA | 2017 | Documentary | TRAILER

Edmonton Premiere! La Chana was one of the greatest stars in the flamenco world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative style and breathtaking use of rhythm in the 1960s and 1970s. Peter Sellers, with whom she features in THE BOBO (1967), invited her to Hollywood. Instead, at the peak of her career, she disappeared from the scene.

LA CHANA brings us close to the heart and mind of the self-taught Gypsy dancer, Antonia Santiago Amador, as she returns to the stage to give a final performance after a break of two decades. Along the way, LA CHANA reveals the secret behind her disappearance… for 18 years she was the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her first husband. In this dramatic story about the process and power of creativity, about aging, perseverance and re-invention, La Chana crystallizes the inevitable clashes between her life’s extremes and contradictions; between the artist on stage and the woman behind the scenes.

About the filmmaking process… A conventionally mounted tribute to “a wild woman who broke the mold,” Spain-Iceland-U.S. co-production La Chana is a lively calling-card debut for director Stojevic. Zagreb-born, Vienna-raised and educated in Edinburgh and Prague, Stojevic is now based in Barcelona, the city where the humbly born La Chana seemingly rivals the likes of Lionel Messi for popular renown. Co-edited by the seasoned Domi Parra, a frequent collaborator of Catalan maverick Isaki Lacuesta, her film really comes alive with the archive materials — the irresistible power of La Chana, even in black-and-white stills, palpably bursting from the screen. ¡Brava!

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Age appropriate for: 14+ (Mature Theme)
Language: Spanish
Awards: WINNER! IDFA 2016 Audience Award at its World Premiere!
Print source: East Village Entertainment


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