Tucson Museum of Art present and Tucson Cine Mexico 2017 present
ARTIST/FILMMAKER TALK: MARÍA JOSÉ CUEVAS
“HEROINES OF SIN AND PLEASURE”
The showgirls – the Bellas de Noche – of Mexico City in the 1970s and 80s were political and cultural icons. What propelled them beyond their cabaret stages to stratospheric levels of national fame? Mexico City-based director, writer, and cinematographer María José Cuevas spent ten years examining the rich photographic archive of these showgirls, five of whom are the subject of her award-winning debut documentary “Bellas de Noche / Beauties of the Night,” making its Arizona premiere at Tucson Cine Mexico on March 24.
In this talk, featuring sensational magazine spreads and film excerpts from the archive, Cuevas will discuss the powerful emergence of the showgirls in an era of economic crisis and the growing wave of women’s liberation, the history of this erotic art form, and what has become of it today.
About María José Cuevas:
María José Cuevas is a documentary and experimental video director, designer, and photographer. Her work has been featured at the Chelsea Center for the Arts in New York, the International Biennial of Video Art in Israel, and the Institute Valencia d’Art Modern in Spain. “Bellas de Noche/Beauties of the Night” is her first feature documentary. At its World Premiere at the Morelia International Film Fest in October 2016, “Bellas de Noche” won the Guerrero Press Award for Mexican Feature Length Documentary, Best Feature-Length Documentary Film, and shared the Audience Prize. The photo exhibit Las Fabulosas, based on the ten years of research Cuevas made for her film, is currently on display at the Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos in Mexico City.
This Artist Talk is part of Tucson Cine Mexico 2017, taking place March 22 – 26. The United States’ longest-running festival of contemporary Mexican film, Tucson Cine Mexico is a signature program of the University of Arizona’s Hanson Film Institute. For more information and free tickets to this year’s festival, visit www.tucsoncinemexico.org.
With support from The Center for Documentary at the University of Arizona.