Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who became an international sensation in the world of modern art and lived against a backdrop of political, social and artistic revolution. The film will be an intimate biography of a woman who gracefully balanced a private life illness and pain, against a public persona that was flamboyant, irreverent, and world-renowned. It will document the career of the first modern Mexican painter to hang in the Louvre, and it will look at her ambiguous relationship to her contemporaries, and to avant-garde art, from Cubism, to Surrealism to the Mexican mural movement. Frida’s life and work are inextricable from the world in which she lived. She became both a product and a mirror of her country and her time. The film will use the biographical from – Frida’s personal vantage point – to look at the ancient culture of Mexico, the Mexican Revolution, the wildfire of Communism that burned through Latin America in the 20’s and 30’s, and the innovations in painting and photography that converged in her yellow kitchen.
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