(Spain, 2010) Directed By: Carlos Saura
I am in awe when it comes to flamenco music, so I suppose I was already swayed. I can play guitar, but seeing Paco de Lucia effortlessly strum and hit each note is a humbling experience. The people in this film live and breathe flamenco, and that’s clear right from the opening scene.
Carlos Saura returns to his favourite subject for a film that pays homage to the evolution of flamenco. The cast reads like a who’s who of flamenco: Paco de Lucia, Estrella Morente, Tomatito, Miguel Poveda, Sara Baras, Farruquito, Jose Miguel Carmona, Manolo Sanlucar, Nina Pastori, Jose Merce, Antonio Zuniga, Eva Yerbabuena, Soledad Morente, Montse Cortes, Israel Galvan, Miguel Poveda, and Rocio Molina. Flamenco, Flamenco includes super performances by some of flamenco’s heavyweights and a new generation of musicians and dancers.
Filmed in Seville at the Expo 92 pavilion, the film also has flamenco portraits and other paintings on stage as part of the performances, including Klimt, Picasso and a sunset landscape. The film passionately integrates dance, theatre and music into an inter-generational experience, and one that makes for an excellent film.