The documentary “Frida - Viva La Vida,” highlighting the two sides of artist Frida Kahlo, will be screened at The Ridgefield Playhouse Tuesday, March 24.
The film reveals the artist was, on one side, the icon, pioneer of contemporary feminism, tormented by physical pain, and on the other, the artist free from the constraints of a tortured body, the playhouse says.
Directed by Giovanni Troli and narrated by Asia Argento, the two faces of the artist are revealed through Kahlo’s own words: letters, diaries and private confessions and, of course, her paintings, kept in some of the most amazing museums in Mexico.
Argento leads the way through Mexico and the discovery of the real Frida Kahlo, who fell victim to polio at age 6 and a car accident at 18 that left her in constant pain.
Kahlo’s personal pictorial style of descriptive symbols was a form of self analysis and a way to see herself in the world. To witness her own existence. The film unflinchingly explores her passionate and destructive relationship with fellow artist and husband Diego Rivera.
The film emphasizes Kahlo’s courage and rebellion against a misogynistic system that sees women only as objects of desire, the playhouse says.
“I feel very close to her because I too was the victim of a patriarchal system, which tends to silence and shut down women,” states Argento, the Italian actress who was a major figure in the #MeToo movement as one of the first to openly accuse film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.