Address: Remedios Malvárez
Duration: 80 min.
Script: José Romero, Remedios Malvárez
Cast: Participation by Rocío Márquez, Rosario La Tremendita, and Laura Vital
Genre: Flamenco Documentary
Photography: Luis Castilla
Production Company: Singular Productions
Production: Arturo Andújar, Paola Sanz de Baranda
Release date in Spain: November 11, 2019
Menese It is the portrait of a free, indomitable artist who loved flamenco above all. A cantaor politically committed to the time in which he lived, and who, with the help of his ideologist and mentor Francisco Moreno Galván, revolutionized flamenco, taking it to cultural spaces and stages that it had never reached before. Today those cantes are recovered and reinterpreted by young voices of women such as Rocío Márquez, Laura Vital (with Raúl Rodríguez) and Rosario La Tremendita: the new revolutionaries of today’s flamenco.
Remedios Malvarez: “I BELIEVE THAT FLAMENCO IS A VERY COMPLETE MULTIDISCIPLINARY ART WHERE THE BODY, MUSIC, VOICE IS MIXED … ALL THE PRIMITIVE DISCIPLIMES THAT A PERSON MAY HAVE CAN BE EXPRESSED WITH THIS ART “
José Menese (Puebla de Cazalla, Seville 1942-2016) had an angel and a devil in his throat, like those who know cante; and a boy and a man in that complex personality with which he faced the world. A world that, as the cantaor himself said in the last years of his life, “no longer exists.”
“Menese” is a social and political, personal and artistic portrait of one of the greats of flamenco singing. Its director Remedios Málvarez tells Zoco Flamenco that with the film “we intend to recover his work and figure, to value his social and political side, his commitment with society and its struggle, faced with Francoism”. El documental se ha rodado en La Puebla de Cazalla, lugar de nacimiento del artista, y eje flamenco tradicional. “I wanted to highlight that part of his very lyrical and current work, with which he got involved from flamenco, contributing his art and expression to the social need of the moment. Recovering this was “necessary” and I wanted to do it with women’s voices, “says the director.
The film, in its journey through the career of José Menese, highlights the relationship and collaboration with his friend Moreno Galván, a key part in his life and work, in the complementary conception of a new lyric in flamenco, in the renewal Of letters. To recreate it, Málvarez has brought together 3 young cantaoras, women’s voices: “because somehow women are making the new flamenco in the 21st century… with all the contradiction that that leads to, because at that time flamenco was very macho ”.
Remedios Malvárez, has been recognized with the Best Andalusian Flamenco Filmmaker Award, highlighting her humble and generous work behind all this.
Let all documentaries be like this one. That they open our eyes and our meats, and above all, that they do not feed a myth, but what they were and what they are. ‘Immovable’ in his genius as an artist, and in his weaknesses as a man.
Next screening: November 25, 2021
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