Frida: Viva La Vida
DCP | Run Time: 88 mins | Art, Feminism, Culture | Art Beats: Frida Kahlo | 10.03.2020
Frida: Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: on one side the iconic independent and strong woman that everyone knows, tormented by agony and love; and on the other the artist, free from the chains of her physical constrictions.
Narrated by Asia Argento, the two faces of the artist will be revealed by pursuing a common thread consisting of Frida’s own words through her letters, diaries and private confessions. A journey deep into the heart of Mexico that intertwines interviews, historical documents, captivating reconstructions and Frida Kahlo’s own paintings that hang in some of Mexico’s most striking museums.
What made her so was the intensity and determination with which she faced a life marked by suffering. Yet her pain, though the essential subject of her work, is not enough in itself to explain the reasons for such an extensive and unanimous affirmation of the artist. In Frida's works there is a bond linking pain and strength, torment and love.
Over the years, Frida Kahlo became an icon and a role model. She has influenced artists, musicians and stylists, and has become an icon for many a cultural movement, from the LGBTQ community to feminists and political movements around the world.