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120 min.
United States United States
Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas (Book: Hayden Herrera)
Elliot Goldenthal
Rodrigo Prieto
Drama | Biography. Disability. Painting. Gay & Lesbian
Synopsis / Plot
This film tells the true story of Mexican painter and 20th century icon Frida Kahlo (Hayek), focusing on her often rocky relationship with husband Diego Rivera (Molina), and their place in Mexican society. Included in the mix will be David Siqueiros (Banderas), Rivera's rival in the Mexican art world, Tina Modotti (Judd), a famed Italian photographer, and Nelson Rockefeller (Norton), who famously contracted Rivera to paint the lobby mural of Rockefeller Center, only to renege because it included a portrait of Lenin. Others in their social circle included Russian leader and refugee Leon Trotsky (Rush) (soon before Stalin had him assassinated there), muralist Jean Charlot, painter Pablo O'Higgins, composer Silvestre Revueltas, and photographer Edward Weston. In addition to being a great artist, Frida Kahlo was also a bisexual and a communist, struggling with an abusive husband, a life of wracking pain following a trolley accident, the amputation of a leg, and finally, drug and alcohol abuse that killed her at age 47.
2002: 2 Academy Awards: Best maquillaje, Original Soundtrack. 6 Nominations
2002: Golden Globes: Best Original Soundtrack. 2 Nominations
2002: BAFTA Awards: Best Make-up. 4 Nominations, including Best Actress (Hayek)
2002: Nominated for Golden Lion in el Venice Film Festival
2002: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2002: Critics' Choice Awards: Nominated for Best Actress (Hayek) and Supp. Actor (Molina)
2002: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actress (Hayek) and Supp. Actor (Molina)
2002: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nom., including for Best Actress (Hayek)
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