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Free Color

Free Color

Alberto Arvelo

United States | 2019 | 1 h 7 min
French, English, Spanish |
Subtitles: English
Free Color is a story about a man obsessed with the most improbable project: freeing colour from shape. In addition to being a top-flight artist, Venezuelan-born Carlos Cruz-Diez is a family man whose relatives have supported him over three generations. At age 94, he hopes finally to accomplish his greatest artistic challenge: an autonomous phenomenon called chromosaturation — a cloudy space of formless colour — above the Seine in Paris. This project having been made just barely imaginable due to new technological developments, Cruz-Diez assembles a multidisciplinary team of innovators to bring his dream to life in the instability of reality. Can technology evolve quickly enough to transform his dream into the ephemeral art that he wants to create?
Also presented:
40th International Festival of Films on Art, Canada (2022)
Palm Springs International Film Festival, United States (2020)
Miami International Film Festival, United States (2020)
Director Alberto Arvelo
Production Gabriela Camejo, Paula Manzanedo-Schmit, Gabriel Cruz Mendoza
Cast Seamus Blackley, Adriana Cruz, Carlitos Cruz Delgado, Jorge Cruz Delgado, Gabriel Cruz Mendoza, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Spyridon Michalakis, Edgar Ramírez

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Alberto Arvelo

Alberto Arvelo

Alberto Arvelo is a Venezuelan director and writer. Two of his most emblematic works, One Life and Two Trails (1997) and A House with a View of the Sea (2001), form part of an exploration of the South American Andes. A House with a View of the Sea was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival and received 18 international awards. Arvelo’s Cyrano Fernández (2007), is an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand’s classic play. His documentary To Play and to Fight (2006), which premiered at the AFI Festival, dives into the lives of several children in the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System. Empowered by renowned classical music figures such as Claudio Abbado and Sir Simón Rattle. In 2014, Arvelo directed The Liberator, based on the life of South American independence hero, Simón Bolívar, starring Edgar Ramirez, María Valverde, Danny Huston, Iwan Roen, Imanol Arias and Gary Lewis. Libertador premiered at Toronto Film Festival, and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Arvelo received a Grammy Nomination for his documentary Guaco, Semblance, in 2018. His most recent documentary Free Color, premiered at Palm Spring International Film Festival, tells the story of the op-art legend Carlos Cruz-Diez. Arvelo directed the 2020 and 2021 online season of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra: Sound/​Stage: featuring Yuja Wang, Carlos Vives, Common and Nathalie Portman, among others.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Selected films:
Los Angeles Philharmonic (2021)
Free Color (2019)
GUACO: Semblanza (2017)
The Liberator (2013)
Dudamel: Let the Children Play (2010)

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