News - Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo on a red background in a blue dress

Exhibition on Screen have announced that their latest film, Frida Kahlo, will be released in UK Cinemas from 20th October. Watch the trailer...

Press Release

Initially planned for release earlier in the year, Exhibition on Screen’s latest film Frida Kahlo will be one of the first Event Cinema films to be seen in cinemas as they reopen this Autumn, and the first Exhibition on Screen film based on the work of a female artist.

Who was Frida Kahlo? Everyone knows her, but who was the woman behind the bright colours, the big brows, and the floral crowns? Take a journey through the life of a true icon, discover her art, and uncover the truth behind her often turbulent life.

Created in collaboration with experts who knew Kahlo, and those that have studied and curated her work, Exhibition on Screen’s trademark combination of interviews, commentary and a detailed exploration of her art delivers a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy. Filmed extensively at The Blue House in Mexico City, this personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works, and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience, and her unmatched lust for life, politics, men and women. Delving deeper than any film has done before, engaging with world-renowned Kahlo experts, exploring how great an artist she was, discover the real Frida Kahlo.

Director Ali Ray said, "Directing this film has totally changed my view on Frida Kahlo as an artist. Beforehand, I hadn’t really given her much attention, feeling a little put off by the ubiquity of her image as an icon on cushion covers and t-shirts. Now, having studied her works closely and understanding their context of time and place, I am utterly gripped.

"Having access to her personal letters was a key part of making the film, and in my own understanding of her work. It enabled me to see how the fragility and insecurities revealed in her letters were processed through the act of painting. Her meticulously painted canvases were how she interpreted the world, her politics, passions and emotions, transforming them into images of strength, defiance and understanding."

Frida Kahlo will be released on 20 October 2020 in over 150 cinemas across the UK including Curzon, Empire, Everyman, Odeon and independent cinemas.

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Painting - The Two Fridas, 1939, Frida Kahlo, Museo de Arte Moderno, photo © Bridgeman Images

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