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Directed by Carlos Saura

Spain, Argentina, France 2015 80 mins. In Spanish

Famed for his celebrated “flamenco trilogy,” (Blood Wedding, Carmen, El Amour Brujo) Saura returns to the dance celebrated in his Academy Award-nominated Tango. Filmed in a converted warehouse in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, the past, present, and future of Argentina’s rich cultural heritage come alive through a series of immaculately choreographed dance pieces that create a swirling, intoxicating celebration of folk culture. Using a complex series of mirrors (to capture the artists without impeding them) and striking cinematography, Saura creates a visual choreography of his own set to performances of traditional folk songs from revered vocalists such as Soledad Pastorutti and El Chaqueño Palavecino. “The visual action centers around the various regions that make up Argentina and that, in turn, form a map of musical variants such as carnavalito, zamba, chacarera, the couplet, chamamé, the tonada and many other expressions rooted in the geography and soul of the various communities.”—Carlos Saura.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: On Art and Artists