Genius Month: Frida Screening
January 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm£15
We continue with our month of the genius, with a screening of director Julie Taymor’s passionate, visually striking biopic about one of Mexico’s most prominent, iconoclastic painters and visionaries, Frida Kahlo.
Starring Salma Hayek in her Academy Award–nominated portrayal as Kahlo, and a star-studded supporting cast including Antonio Banderas and Alfred Molina, the film follows Hayek as she ages some 30 years onscreen, charting Frida Kahlo’s life from feisty schoolgirl to Diego Rivera protégée, to world-renowned artist in her own right.
This heartfelt biopic details Kahlo’s affluent upbringing in Mexico City, and her nurturing relationship with her traditional mother (Patricia Reyes Spindola) and philosophical father (Roger Rees). Having already suffered the crippling effects of polio, Kahlo sustains further injuries when a city bus accident nearly ends her life.
However, in her bed-ridden state, the young artist produces dozens upon dozens of pieces; when she recovers, she presents them to the legendary — and legendarily temperamental — Rivera (Alfred Molina), who takes her under his wing as an artist, a political revolutionary, and, inevitably, a lover. But their relationship is fraught with trouble, as the philandering Rivera traverses the globe painting murals, and Kahlo languishes in obscurity, longing to make her mark on her own.
Upon its release back in 2002, Frida was a critical and commercial success, scooping up six Academy Award nominations and winning the Oscar for Best Makeup and Best Original Score.
Lauded for its dazzling lead performances, fittingly beautiful art direction, and faithfulness to its enthralling source material, Frida sits pretty near the very top of the pantheon of biopics.
Tickets are £15 for one, or £20 a pair when you use the code ‘kahlo’ at checkout. Complimentary cocktails and free snacks throughout included as standard.