Frida (film)

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German title Frida
Original title Frida
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2002
length 118 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Julie Taymor
script Hayden Herrera
Clancy Sigal
Diane Lake
Gregory Nava
Anna Thomas
production Salma Hayek
Lindsay Flickinger
Sarah Green
Nancy Hardin
Jay Polstein
Roberto Sneider
Lizz Speed
music Elliot Goldenthal
camera Rodrigo Prieto
cut Françoise Bonnot

Frida is a biopic from 2002 with Salma Hayek in the title role. The film, directed by Julie Taymor , traces the life of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo . Key roles are occupied by Alfred Molina , Antonio Banderas and Valeria Golino .


The background is metropolitan life in the capital of Mexico in the early 20th century. A pretty and spirited young woman, Frida, suffers a tragic traffic accident that ties her to bed for a long time. But she does not give up, but with an iron will begins to paint out of bedridden . She processes her dreams, longings and especially her pains in passionate, blunt oil paintings, through whose genuine urgency she wins the attention and love of her long-term partner and husband, Diego Rivera . A wildly romantic love story develops in which flirtations and affairs by both spouses take up a lot of space. Frida also ties up with such illustrious personalities as Leon Trotsky .

When Frida catches Diego having sex with her sister, she breaks up with him. Later, the divorce occurs, which is followed shortly after by a new marriage under dramatic circumstances: After her toes of a foot had to be amputated because of gangrene, Diego proposed another marriage to her, which she also accepts. This time the marriage lasted until Frida's premature death.


Production notes, background

The original literary template came from Hayden Herrera , and the optimization of the script was done by Rodrigo García , Diane Lake , Gregory Nava , Edward Norton , Walter Salles , Clancy Sigal and Anna Thomas . The soundtrack is by Elliot Goldenthal , who in addition to his own compositions has drawn on Mexican artists such as Lila Downs and Chavela Vargas , but also Caetano Veloso .

Among other things, Frida Kahlo had an affair with the singer Chavela Vargas, who played in the film when she was over 80 and sings the Bolero La Llorona .

Salma Hayek sings the song La Bruja in the film , one of Diego Rivera's favorite songs .

According to her own statement, Salma Hayek was massively sexually molested during the shooting by the owner of the Miramax production company , Harvey Weinstein , and forced into a "senseless" nude scene that is said to have led to a nervous breakdown on the set. She held the right to the script, he threatened to take away the lead role, which she fought against with the help of lawyers. Weinstein denies the allegations.


Internationally, the $ 12 million feature film was released for cinemas on August 29, 2002; it was released in Germany on March 6, 2003, and also in Austria. In Switzerland, it was released in cinemas in the German-speaking region on March 27, 2003. It was also presented at the following festivals:

In 2002 the film was released in the following countries: Italy, Canada, USA, Israel, Norway, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Australia; 2003 in Belgium, Thailand, the Netherlands, Iceland, Russia, Peru, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, France, Chile, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Ireland, Turkey, Hungary, Slovenia, Brazil, Greece, Portugal, Georgia, Czech Republic, Philippines, Japan (Tokyo), Lithuania, Serbia and South Korea. The English working title was: Frida Kahlo .


"'Frida' is a scenic mosaic, composed of more conventionally told passages, the centerpiece of which is the dramatic love story between Frida and Diego, and sudden outbursts in which everything starts to glow: the colors, the passions, the music, the sex, the exuberantly theatrical and imaginatively playful. "

- Rainer Gansera - Süddeutsche Zeitung

“The pictures that animate some of Kahlo's works as slides are beautiful, bringing art into life in such a playful way and allowing it to solidify again into art. Salma Hayek is also beautiful, not only beautiful, also committed, also good, also eccentric. [...] When Frida, the young girl, learns after the accident that her boyfriend is going to Europe, she paints a butterfly on the plaster of paris, later she sprinkles the whole body plaster with butterflies. This is how she learns her medicine while suffering. And so is this film: beautiful butterflies, including plain plaster. "

“The excursions into the surreal, the fantastic, the picturesque match the film to the art of its heroine in a congenial way. Then 'Frida' is no longer a staid portrait, but a picture from a film - colorful, imaginative and enigmatic. "

“The pride and joy of the production, however, are the '3-D live painting', a specially developed animation technique in which Kahlo's pictures learn to move. In an oeuvre that uses anatomical details to tell of shocking injuries, miscarriages, detached hearts and organic drainage, such trickery is involuntarily funny. The vehemence of Kahlo's painterly dialogue with himself is lost here in a tragically cute cartoon à la ' Monty Python's Flying Circus '. "

- Birgit Glombitza - The daily newspaper

Awards (selection)

When Oscar - awarded in 2003 the film was awarded in the following categories:

He was nominated in the four other categories:

Golden Globe Awards 2003 :

  • Winner: Elliot Goldenthal in the category "Best Film Music"
  • nominated: Salma Hayek in the category "Best Actress"

British Academy Film Awards 2003

  • Winners: Judy Chin, Beatrice De Alba , John E. Jackson , Regina Reyes in the "Best Mask" category
  • nominated: Salma Hayek in the category "Best Actress"
  • nominated: Alfred Molina in the category "Best Supporting Actor"
  • nominated: Julie Weiss in the category "Best Costumes"

American Film Institute 2003

  • AFI Award in the "Film of the Year" category

Golden Camera 2003

  • Award in the “International Film” category for Salma Hayek, among other things, for her performance in this film

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for Frida . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , January 2003 (PDF; test number: 92 840 K).
  2. La bruja - Frida - Salma Hayek on YouTube
  3. La Bruja Lyrics ft. Lila Downs adS (English), accessed January 8, 2014.
  4. Salma Hayek on Harvey Weinstein: "He was my monster" In: Spiegel Online , December 13, 2017.
  5. Salma Hayek describes experiences with "Monster" Weinstein, December 14, 2017, accessed December 14, 2017.
  6. Harvey Weinstein on Salma Hayek: Allegations "incorrect" In: Spiegel Online , December 14, 2017.
  7. Salma Hayek's Frida Kahlo film Art at the Open Heart In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , May 17, 2010.
  8. A fiesta for "Frida": beautiful and painless In: Filmspiegel
  9. “Frida”: A woman shows her colors In: Spiegel Online , March 5, 2003.
  10. This body is still breathing In: Die Tageszeitung , March 6, 2003.