J: Beyond Flamenco
2016, Carlos Saura, Spain, 88 min.
- Sat, Mar 11th 6:30pm
- Thu, Mar 16th 8:30pm
In such films as SEVILLANAS, FLAMENCO, IBERIA, and FADOS, Carlos Saura has perfected a genre that could be called the album film: plot-free spectacles that showcase a particular musical style by gathering its greatest performers into a studio where song, dance, and instrumental numbers are given highly stylized interpretations. Now Saura explores jota, a vigorous and rhythmic dance that originated in his native province of Aragon, incorporated Arab and Asian elements, and exerted a strong influence on flamenco. As in his previous album films, Saura ingeniously deploys mirrors, flats, back projections, lighting effects, and lush colors to conjure an expressive frame for each number, ranging from a lively dance class for children to a spooky Gothic rendition of “La Tarantula” to a sensational face-off between flamenco star Sara Baras and jota master Miguel Ángel Berna. Other featured performers include Carlos Núñez, Ara Malikian, Cañizares, and many more. In Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Latido Films. DCP digital. (MR)
J: BEYOND FLAMENCO is presented in partnership with the Chicago Flamenco Festival and the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago.