BELLAS DE NOCHE
(María José Cuevas, Mexico, 2016, 91 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Bellas de Noche / Beauties of the Night, is an intimate glimpse into the past and present lives of Mexico’s biggest cabaret stars of the 70s and 80s. These five legendary showgirls represent the voices of the last generation of cabaret stars after the massive earthquake of 1985 in Mexico City destroyed these cabarets, which were never to be rebuilt. Director Maria Jose Cuevas spent eight years shooting over 180 hours of footage, crafting an honest work based on trust and friendship; weaving a unique portrait of each woman.
This film gives us insight into the world of showgirls, exploring the successes and failures of women’s power obtained through beauty and sensuality, as well as the dignity of their aging. It addresses both taboo and struggle for these aging stars, as each of them find their own way with love, strength, acceptance and perseverance.
Bellas de Noche was awarded best documentary, the Premio Guerrero Press Award, and best documentary by a woman at Morelia International Film Festival.
Join us for a screening followed by a Q+A with the director and stars of the film Lyn May, Princesa Yamal, and Olga Breeskin. Moderated by Carlos Gutiérrez, Executive Director, Cinema Tropical.
This event is co-presented with Cinema Tropical.