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Chavela (2017)

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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.


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eugenia León Eugenia León ... Herself
Jesusa Rodríguez Jesusa Rodríguez ... Herself
Tania Libertad Tania Libertad ... Herself
Marcela Rodríguez Marcela Rodríguez ... Herself
Jose Alfredo Jimenez Jr. Jose Alfredo Jimenez Jr. ... Himself
Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte ... Herself
Betty-Carol Sellen Betty-Carol Sellen ... Herself
Diana Ortega Diana Ortega ... Herself
Patria Jiménez Flores Patria Jiménez Flores ... Herself
Tlany Ortega Tlany Ortega ... Herself
Liliana Felipe Liliana Felipe ... Herself
Laura García Lorca Laura García Lorca ... Herself (as Laura García-Lorca)
Mariana Gyalui Mariana Gyalui ... Herself
Pedro Almodóvar ... Himself
Miguel Bosé ... Himself


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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Official Sites:

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Mexico | Spain | USA


English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,453, 8 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$148,666, 28 January 2018
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Aubin Pictures See more »
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Did You Know?


No soy de aquí, ni soy de allá
Written by Facundo Cabral (as Rodolfo Enrique Cabral) and Jose Fuste Martínez
Performed by Chavela Vargas
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A riveting and passionate homage to Chavela
24 April 2017 | by qbakSee all my reviews

I had the honor of watching this documentary at the Minneapolis St Paul International film festival. It is a wonderful montage of interviews, images, songs and videos of an artist so human in her vulnerability and yet so celestial in the life that she lived that making an objectively and truthful documentary just seems like an impossible feat and yet Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi breaks all the complexity down for the viewer to capture the essence of this musical deity.

This documentary will leave a mark on you.

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