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La Chana

La Chana


With depth, humor and pathos, La Chana celebrates the charisma and flair of a self-taught Gypsy flamenco dancer who in the 1960s-80s rose to international stardom and then suddenly vanished from the public eye at the height of her career. Peter Sellers saw her dance as a young woman and asked her to perform in the film 'The Bobo' in 1967. Hollywood beckoned, but that was not to be. In her baroque boudoir in Barcelona, La Chana continues to practice her art and reveals the reason her career came to such an abrupt end. Filled with footage of spectacular flamenco dance and music, this film brings us under the skin and into the irrepressible spirit of this eccentric woman with an uncanny gift for rhythm who, despite all odds, enjoys a comeback in her late sixties. 

CONGRATULATIONS to LA CHANA - nominated for Best European Documentary 2017 by the European Film Awards / European Film Academy. LA CHANA has made it to the final 5!  This is the European Oscars. Winner will be announced at the gala in Berlin in December.

Audience Award (out of 300 films) at its World Premiere - IDFA 2016
Audience Award at Le Voci dell’Inchiesta Film Festival in Italy, 2017
‘Chopin’s Nose for Best Documentary’ at Docs Against Gravity in Poland, 2017

8 fabulous discoveries from the woodstock film festival: ”For me, this was the film of the festival. Director Lucija Stojivic delivers an electrifying, breathtaking documentary… Stojivic tells her story with compassion and humor… Through a wealth of archival footage so full of passion it leaps off the screen… Throughout the film, La Chana emerges, as her daughter says, as "a force of nature." The message, as important as ever, is to find the beat, to breathe, to move, to break free, to find expression, to listen, and feel.”   i-D / Vice —Joe Cohen, October 2017  

"La Chana proves that no matter how long you have been down, if you find the strength in yourself to carry on, you can never be counted out. La Chana is one of the best crowd pleasers at the [Hot Docs] festival this year, but also a poignant look at one woman’s journey back from an abusive situation. It’s a biography that isn’t only inspiring, but also important." - Toronto Film Scene

"Lucija Stojevic’s thrilling profile of 68-year-old fiery Spanish flamenco dance legend Antonia Santiago Amador, known as La Chana… A whirlwind of passion and thrilling performances infuses this tautly edited profile of Spanish flamenco dance legend. Her body has aged; her spirit and soul still burn white hot…The film won the audience prize at the International Documentary Film Festival, an honor previously bestowed on Searching for Sugar Man." - The Toronto Star

"Newcomer Lucija Stojevic’s documentary on the legendary flamenco dancer won the audience award at the Dutch nonfiction jamboree… Premiering in a sidebar at the world's largest documentary festival, IDFA, it beat out a huge field to nab the audience prize…Recent winners of IDFA's audience award include Oscar-laureate Searching for Sugar Man and nominee 5 Broken Cameras…“The beat goes on in La Chana, a documentary portrait of the eponymous living legend of Spanish flamenco dancing… The passionate energy of its irrepressible sexagenarian subject, it's a lively compendium of rousing archival materials and present-day fly-on-the-wall footage as the Catalan superstar nicknamed La Chana surveys the emotional rollercoaster of her tough life and remarkable career while gearing up for one last comeback….tribute to “a wild woman who broke the mold… film really comes alive with the archive materials — the irresistible power of La Chana, even in black-and-white stills, palpably bursting from the screen. ¡Brava!" - Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"Singular Sensation(s) Lucija Stojevic's La Chana is hard to describe in words... The audience was moved to tears tonight, and I felt a wide range of emotions due to the film's final performance–which perfectly expresses the challenges and obstacles "La Chana" (Antonia Santiago Amador) has overcome in her life."- Dorkshelf

"On some level, most women’s sense of worth is tied to their bodies: its age, appearance, or health. This is especially true of female dancers — who build their entire career around their body’s physical capabilities. “La Chana” depicts the physical and emotional toll the dance profession takes on women, particularly those nearing the end of their careers." - Women and Hollywood

"A completely engrossing, beautifully heartwarming, and an all-around wonderful character piece on a fascinating woman." - Medium/The Muff Blog

"At the top of her game, she quit. The public never knew why, but La Chana — who is now in her late 60s and still passionate about dance — is ready to reveal the dramatic personal story behind her disappearance." - CBC.CA: Top Picks to watch at Hot Docs  

"Fabulous archival footage of the dancer setting the stage on fire in the 1960s and '70s. Her initial success was explosive." - The Globe and the Mail

"More determined and empowered than ever." - Spain Arts & Culture

"Standing ovations! Pure emotion!" - Historias de Flamenco 

Director/Producer: Lucjia Stojevic
Producer: Dierdre Towers   Delegate Producer: Noon Films SL   Co-Producers (USA): Susan Muska & Greta Olafsdottir (Bless Bless Productions)
Production Coordinator: Sandra Olsina    Documentalist & Assistant Director: Lucia Sances
Associate producer, Expert Advice & Coordination: Beatriz del Pozo
Director of Photography: Samuel Navarrete    Editing: Domi Parra, Irene Coll
Camera: Carlos Villaoslada, Ferran Gassiot, Lucija Stojevic and Xavi Sibecas
Sound Design: Alejandro Castillo    Motion Graphics and Graphic Design: Andrés Bartos    Original Music composed by: Ernesto Briceño
2016, Spain/Iceland, 82min + 55 min broadcast version, in Spanish with English subtitles

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