Premiered in Turin the new docu-film dedicated to Frida Kahlo. In theaters November 25-27, 2019

The new docu-film of The Great Art at the Movies will be dedicated to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. November 25, 26 and 27, 2019 only.

Premiered at the 37th Turin Film Festival the docu-film Frida. Viva la vida, visible in Italian cinemas only on November 25, 26 and 27, 2019.

Directed by Giovanni Troilo, produced by Ballandi Arts and Nexo Digital, in collaboration with Sky Arte, the new La Grande Arte al Cinema film offers a six-chapter account of the famous Mexican artist, through exclusive interviews, period documents, and evocative reconstructions, as well as of her works, including her most famous Self-Portraits (from the one with Diego Rivera of 1931 to the Two Fridas of 1939, from The Broken Column of 1944 to the Wounded Deer of 1946).

Frida. Viva la vida aims to highlight the two souls of Frida Kahlo: on the one hand the icon, a symbol of contemporary feminism, and on the other the free artist despite the constraints of a battered body. Struck by polio at age six and the victim of a car accident that would leave her an invalid at eighteen, Frida spent her existence in excruciating pain that haunted her until her death. However, through her painting, her writings, her way of dressing, and her unmistakable style, Frida became a role model for artists, musicians, and fashion designers.

Leading viewers to discover Frida will be actress and director Asia Argento, following the words of the artist herself: letters, diaries and private confessions. There will be an opportunity to explore how the painter’s work is rooted in traditional nineteenth-century painting, in Mexican retablos, as well as in the art and commitment of her contemporary protagonists, first and foremost Diego Rivera. After the revolution of 1910, Mexico tried to rediscover its origins through pre-Columbian iconography, within which Frida also explored the identity of opposites, such as pain and pleasure, darkness and light, moon and sun, life in death and death in life.

For the first time, photographs, clothes and other personal items of Frida kept in the archives of the Frida Kahlo Museum, usually not accessible to the public, will be visible through the documentary.

The narrative will also be assisted by the testimonies and interventions of experts and artists: Hilda Trujillo, director of the Frida Kahlo Museum, in the Casa Azul that was the painter’s home; Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide; Alfredo Vilchis, who became an artist almost by accident by painting miniatures; photographer Cristina Kahlo, Frida’s great-granddaughter; Wellesley College art instructor and assistant curator of Latin American art at the Davis Museum James Oles; Carlos Phillips, managing director of the Frida Kahlo Museum, Diego Rivera’s Anahuacalli and the Dolores Olmedo Museum; and dancer Laura Vargas.

The docu-film’s soundtrack was created by composer and pianist Remo Anzovino and will be available on all digital platforms starting Nov. 22. For the occasion, Anzovino also wrote the song Yo te cielo (cancion para Frida), whose title comes from a famous letter from Frida.

La Grande Arte al Cinema is an original and exclusive project of Nexo Digital and for the 2019 season is distributed exclusively in Italy by Nexo Digital with media partners Radio Capital, Sky Arte and

Premiered in Turin the new docu-film dedicated to Frida Kahlo. In theaters November 25-27, 2019
Premiered in Turin the new docu-film dedicated to Frida Kahlo. In theaters November 25-27, 2019

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