Spanish Film Festival
Sara Baras: All Her Voices
April 29, 2017
With food, live performances, films and drinks the 20th edition of the Spanish Film Festival in Australia was welcomed at Palace Norton Street under the ambassadorship of Spanish celebrity chef Miguel Maestre.
Program highlights included performances from Penelope Cruz and 2013 SFF guest Maribel Verdú, an award-winning thriller. Taking out four awards at the 2017 Goya’s including Best Film and Best New Director, the much anticipated debut feature from Spanish actor Raúl Arévalo The Fury of a Patient Man.
The festival kicked off with the sexy and daring Spanish box office hit Kiki, Love to Love (Kiki, El Amor Se Hace). The third film from director Paco León, this funny and complex comedy explores love, sex and marriage through five interwoven stories taking place over a long hot summer in Madrid.
In addition to the films, the festival featured a range of unique special events, one of which was the Flamenco documentary Sara Baras, All Her Voices, which was accompagnied by a Flamenco performance.
Sara Baras is a living legend in Spain, a diminutive dancer with an unparalleled skill and passion for flamenco. The documentary took us inside the preparations for her most recent creative work Voces; a tribute to the history of flamenco and the great artists who have preceded and inspired her, a work that has toured around the world including to Melbourne in 2016.
“Voces is born out of the freedom of a flamenco heart,” says Baras, “A heart that dances to its own music, that beats to its own rhythm.” Such a philosophy has come to define the career of Baras, and the documentary takes us through her history as a ground-breaking pioneer. Her rule-breaking path through the traditional world of flamenco is aptly portrayed in Voces, a flamenco show about flamenco masters who were revolutionary and criticized in their time and yet are exalted today.
During the world tour of her show through Spain, France, Mexico and the United States, we get to know Sara Baras, as her art, her personality and her values contrast with these very diverse societies. We also discover, beyond Sara’s relationship with the traditions of flamenco, that in our everyday lives we must all choose whether we accept the established world or if we decide to change it.
Photos by KAVV
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