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The life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012.

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Catherine Gund (co-director), Daresha Kyi (co-director)
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Pedro Almodóvar ... Himself
Elena Benarroch Elena Benarroch ... Herself
Miguel Bosé ... Himself
Liliana Felipe Liliana Felipe ... Herself
Laura García Lorca Laura García Lorca ... Herself (as Laura García-Lorca)
Mariana Gyalui Mariana Gyalui ... Herself
Jose Alfredo Jimenez Jr. Jose Alfredo Jimenez Jr. ... Himself
Patria Jiménez Flores Patria Jiménez Flores ... Herself
Eugenia León Eugenia León ... Herself
Tania Libertad Tania Libertad ... Herself
Martirio Martirio ... Herself
Diana Ortega Diana Ortega ... Herself
Tlany Ortega Tlany Ortega ... Herself
Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte ... Herself
Jesusa Rodríguez Jesusa Rodríguez ... Herself
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Through its lyrical structure, Chavela will take viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela's songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her - as well as those she spread about herself - the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being. Written by Aubin Pictures

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Trailblazer. Rebel. Icon.


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Mexico | Spain | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Puro y Duro: Love Hard & Pure See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,453, 8 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$148,666, 28 January 2018
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Aubin Pictures See more »
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A life affirming film about a feisty woman
9 October 2017 | by E CanuckSee all my reviews

Chavela is probably someone I would have shied away from had I met her in real life...from the portrait painted of her in the film. Lucky me, I got to experience her from the safe distance of the screen at this Vancouver Film Festival viewing today, and I'm so glad I had that chance. This woman wasn't easy but she was strong, provocative and unique, and her complex character and passions challenge me to relax a little certain notions I have about people. That's a profound effect for a film, encouraging a more open mind. The audience was obviously with me in enjoying her emotional intensity, her contradictions and her commitment to expressive singing...leaving it all on the floor. It was a surprising to find my common-law husband not on the same page with me, at all. He says Chavela just didn't engage him.


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