Spain, 1983, 98 min, DCP, Dir. Antonio Giménez Rico, Not Rated, In Spanish with English subtitles, Altered Innocence
“Broke the ice on a culturally taboo topic that would later make possible the films of Pedro Almodóvar and other Spanish directors.”
—The Hollywood Times
“The film embraces elements of theatricality and high cinematic polish within a documentary framework. But it is something of a revelation nonetheless.”
—Dennis Harvey, 48 Hills
This film is presented in observance of International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31).
One of the best trans films you’ve likely never heard of, Antonio Giménez-Rico’s landmark 1983 documentary Dressed in Blue (Vestida de Azul) explores the lives and loves of a group of six transgender women living in Madrid in the years following Spain’s transition to democracy. But more than that, it’s a loving portrait of a culture finally emerging from the shadows after being hidden for far too long. Antonio's portrait of these women gave them the freedom to portray their own stories with their own friends & family, but in a stylized scripted narrative framework with gorgeous cinematography by Teo Escamilla. The stories of Eva, Nacha, Loren, Josette, Reneé, & Tamara were never properly released outside of Spain and never available on home video, but finally Altered Innocence and Anus Films is proud to present this vital testament to just how far we’ve come—and how far there’s still left to go.
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