Director: Fernando Urdapilleta
Cast: Dana Karvelas, Jorge Arriaga, Mauricio Isaac, Paty Garza, Inés de Tavira, Emilio Guerrero
Mexico, 2015, 90’, color, BluRay
Spanish with Turkish subtitles
A little bit of “Showgirls”, a little taste of Yeşilçam cinema, and a little air of early-Almodóvar cheekiness – this should be the most fitting definition for the genuine formula of this lively made-in-Mexico melodrama. Valentina, who goes on stage at a night club, is as flamboyant as her flatmate Joana is reclusive. These two trans women’s lives change as the star performer position becomes vacant in the night club where Valentina works. Getting one step closer to the star status for which she has been waiting for years, Valentina suddenly gets confronted with a new rival: La Madonna, the new lover of the club’s merciless boss. This rivalry makes Valentina become merciless against her flatmate Joana as well. Impudently camp and possessing the spirit of punk-rock, “Lonely Stars” is a melodrama that entertains its audience non-stop with its rhythm that never slows down.
The Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo was founded in 1972 as the first Academy of Fine Arts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and became one of the forerunners in Bosnian contemporary art. Academy continued its operation throughout the war years (1992-1995) in besieged Sarajevo and participated in important international art projects.
Men were the first nudes in Turkish painting. The majority of these paintings were academic studies executed in oil paint; they were part of the education of artists that had finally attained the opportunity to work from the live model. The gender of the models constituted an obstacle in the way of characterizing these paintings as ‘nudes’.
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