I Die of Sadness Crying For You

Spanish popular copla songs and their mighty female singers are the focus of this evocative film.

Dir-Prod-Scr Nina Danino
With Marifé de Triana, Yolanda Figueroa, Elena Danino
UK Distribution LUX

A personal essay film on the powerful copla genre of Spanish music, a form of popular song that flourished in the 1930s and 40s. Copla communicates a specifically female sorrow and sadness from failed, often illegitimate, relationships that result in unrequited love or ostracism. Filmmaker Nina Danino reveals the strength and texture of copla performances, reappraising for a contemporary audience whilst revisiting her own memories of her mother singing.

Sarah Perks

Festival guests

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  • Nina Danino, director.

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Dir Reetu Sattar. Bangladesh 2018. 14min