Q&A with the Directors of Chavela
What people are saying about Chavela
"Singer and queer icon, Chavela Vargas and her unique perspective on the world is remembered and celebrated in this thoughtful documentary...The result is a lyrical film so evidently crafted with love that it’s impossible not to fall hard for Chavela and its subject." - Maria Cabrera, Gal-Dem.com
"This engrossing documentary by Catherine Gund, and Daresha Kyi has a wealth of archival footage, including a very revealing interview with Chavela recorded in 1992. It was however the liberal use of clips of her performing through various parts of her life and career that really captured the true essence of why this legendary singer was so adored." - QueerGuru
Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi’s award-winning Chavela Vargas documentary has found a home. Music Box Films has acquired the U.S. rights to “Chavela” and is planning a theatrical release for October. - Women and Hollywood/Variety
"How does one pay a cinematographic tribute to an icon such as Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, who embodies utter simplicity and utmost complexity at the same time? This is what filmmakers Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi achieved with their documentary Chavela, a moving and thought-provoking portrait of the enigmatic singer who helped change the way we see ranchera music and who redefined what it means to be a female singer in the macho world of Mexico."
from Pair successfully directs "Chavela," the story of an idiosyncratic star - Latin Lover
"...by smoking like a chimney and drinking as if there were no tomorrow."
from Chavela: "macha", free and proud. - El Mundo
"Un trabajo que proyecta la vida y obra de la costarricense más mexicana"
from Chavela Vargas documentary gets good reviews at Berlinale. - The Huffington Post
from Berlin Film Review: ‘Chavela - Variety
"El recibimiento en Berlín fue inmejorable: las localidades para las presentaciones se agotaron y un largo y emotivo aplauso coronó el estreno."
from The Berlinale receives documentary on Chavela Vargas with great emotion. - La Jornada
"Chavela is an exceptional documentary because in 90 minutes it focuses on the image and life of the artist without shrinking away from her contradictions, her pains (she died still enraged because of her mother's lack of love for her), her passions and her talent. Yesterday in Berlin the applause was well deserved."
"Chavela es un documental excepcional porque en 90 minutos fija la imagen y la vida de la artista sin regatear sus contradicciones, sus dolores (murió aún rabiosa por la falta de amor de su madre con ella), sus pasiones y su talento. Ayer en Berlín el aplauso fue merecido."
from My name is Chavela Vargas. Do not forget. - El Pais
"After the singer’s death, Gund began to revisit the tapes and found a treasure trove of raw, authentic Chavela contained within the fading magnetic tape. Teaming up with Kyi, an old friend and fellow filmmaker, Gund set out to bring the tapes back to live within the context of Chavela’s career and living legacy."
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