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A Cinematic Ode to the Iconic Frida Kahlo

FRIDA Film documentary poster (Photo courtesy Amazon Prime Video)
Frida Kahlo painting (Photo by Tammy Rae Matthews)
Frida Kahlo painting at Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., U.S.A. (Photo by Tammy Rae Matthews)

In a mesmerizing convergence of artistry, emotion and revelation, the film “Frida” — which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on March 14 — invites audiences into the kaleidoscopic world of Frida Kahlo as never seen before.

This groundbreaking directorial debut of Carla Gutiérrez weaves together Kahlo’s own words, extracted from her renowned illustrated diary, with intimate letters, essays and candid interviews. Enhanced by evocative animation inspired by Kahlo’s indelible artwork, “Frida” promises a profoundly raw and magical exploration of the legendary artist’s life, mind and heart.

Venturing beyond the confines of conventional biopics, “Frida” spans four decades of Kahlo’s tumultuous journey, offering unprecedented insights into her singular existence.

KAHLO AND HER ENIGMATIC ALLURE

With unrestricted access to previously unseen research materials, the filmmakers embark on an odyssey to illuminate the enigmatic allure of Kahlo’s artistry and persona. A compelling narrative transcending time emerges, solidifying Kahlo’s status as a modern icon whose influence reverberates across generations.

For Gutiérrez and her resolute team of artisans, “Frida” is more than a mere retelling of Kahlo’s life; it is a labor of love and a testament to the enduring power of her legacy. For two years, Gutiérrez and her predominantly female, proudly Latine crew meticulously crafted a cinematic masterpiece that defies categorization. Eschewing the traditional confines of art history, “Frida” appears as a living portrait imbued with the mystical realism that defined Kahlo’s existence.

Nevertheless, Kahlo’s voice resonates most profoundly amid the vibrant tapestry of imagery and narrative. Multifaceted and unapologetically bold, her words echo with a symphony of emotions: fearless, seductive, defiant, vulnerable, raucous and undeniably alive.

With “Frida,” audiences will embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart and soul of an icon.

Story by Tammy Rae Matthews

Frida Kahlo exhibit in 2017 at Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo courtesy Tammy Rae Matthews)
Frida Kahlo exhibit in 2017 at Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., U.S.A. (Photo courtesy Tammy Rae Matthews)
FRIDA Film documentary poster (Photo courtesy Amazon Prime Video)
FRIDA Film documentary poster (Photo courtesy Amazon Prime Video)
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