With depth, humor and pathos, LA CHANA celebrates the charisma 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 artist with an uncanny gift for rhythm who, despite all odds, enjoys a comeback in her late sixties.
The 2016 documentary LA CHANA directed by Lucija Stojevic has won 11 awards and two special mentions, including five Audience Awards at its World Premiere at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, le Voci Dell’Inchiesta, Dock of the Bay Festival 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain, Budapest International Documentary Festival 2018, and DOKUart Festival dokumentarnog filma 2018 in Croatia. It was nominated as one of five documentaries for the European Film Awards 2017. It won Best Documentary Gaudí Awards 2018; Best Documentary FEROZ Awards 2018 (Spanish Critics Choice Award); SADE Award Dock of the Bay Festival 2018. This fall, LA CHANA won the Best Documentary Award at Cine Horizontes in Marseilles!
An official selection in over 90 film festivals in 5 continents, LA CHANA won Chopin's Nose award for best documentary on arts & music at Docs Against Gravity Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland, with the citation: “For the powerful and captivating image of an artist and a person, which shows the determination and strength of personality. For a captivating and inspirational story which proves that there are no limits for a true passion.”
Lucija Stojevic was educated in The University of Edinburgh (Architectural Design) and Prague Film School (Directing and Editing). 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 exhibitions in Vienna and Graz (Austria), Screens of Barcelona/LOOP (Spain) and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK). In 2014, she established Noon Films S.L. a production company focusing on creative documentaries in Barcelona, Spain.
Lucija Stojevic - Producer/Director
Producer - Deirdre Towers
Co-Producers - Susan Muska & Greta Olafsdottir of Bless Bless Productions
International Sales - CatnDocs
The screening was arranged by dance historian Dawn Lille for National Arts Club members, and guests.
Deirdre Towers, US producer, will be introducing the film and answering questions after the screening.
A free screening of the award winning documentary
National Arts Club
34 Gramency Park East, NYC
January 22, 2019, 7pm
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