La Chana

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SYNOPSIS

Self-taught dancer Antonia Santiago Amador, known as La Chana, is 67 and lives a peaceful life in Catalonia. Between 1960 and 1970, she was one of the biggest stars of the Flamenco world, amazing people with her innovative style, speed, and inventive use of rhythm.  Peter Sellers, with whom she featured in “The Bobo” (1967), invited her to Hollywood.  Suddenly, at the peak of her career, she quit the stage.

Decades of dancing have worn her body out. Sensual, vulnerable, but seemingly invincible, she journeys us through the essence of her passion whilst deciding to return to the stage after a 25-year break. A portrait about ageing, perseverance, and reinvention. La Chana reveals an inspiring story which crystalizes the clashes between extremes and contradictions in her life; between the artist on the stage and the woman behind the scenes.


THE DIRECTOR

Lucija Stojevic studied Architectural Design at the University of Edinburgh and Directing and Editing at the Prague Film School. She has independently produced over 30 short format documentaries for The Guardian, The New York Times and Global Post. Her work has also been displayed in the context of video art in Vienna, Graz, Barcelona and Edinburgh. In 2014, she established Noon Films S.L. a production company focused on creative documentaries in Barcelona.

La Chana | Edition 2017, Festival, Opening and closing

La Chana

Lucija Stojevic

Spain, Iceland, USA (2016)

86min.

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Language: Spanish