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Vengo

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Movie propaganda

Vengo is a majestic ode to the artistry and magic of flamenco dancing, set against the compelling backdrop of two Gypsy families locked in an age old struggle for power. Set upon the dusty plains of Spain, a proud clan leader, Caco (famed flamenco dancer Antonio Canales), must fight to end the bloody feud that's been raging between his family and the rival caravacas clan for generations. After witnessing the death of his beloved daughter, Caco transfers his love and protection to Diego (Orestes Villasan Rodriguez), his disabled nephew. Diego's father has gone into hiding after killing a member of the opposing family and now his own son has been targeted for death in return. Caught between his allegiance to his family and his understanding of the Caravacas' unquenchable thirst for justice, Caco must stop the bloodshed from tearing his world apart once and for all.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Spain gypsy flamenco blood feud

Persons of interest

  • Antonio Canales .... Caco
  • Orestes Villasan Rodriguez .... Diego
  • Antonio Perez Dechent .... Alejandro
  • Bobote .... Antonio
  • Juan Luis Corrientes .... Tres
  • Fernando Guerrero Rebollo .... Fernando Caravaca
  • Francisco Chavero Rios .... Francisco Caravaca
  • Jesús María Ventura .... Primo Caravacas
  • El Moro .... Pepe Sardina
  • Manuel Vega Salazar .... Anselmo
  • Maria Faraco .... La Catalana
  • Natasha Mayghine .... Alma
  • Maria Altea Maya .... La Coneja
  • David Trueba .... Screenwriter
  • Tony Gatlif .... Screenwriter
  • Tony Gatlif .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • César Awards 2001: best music written for a film
    • Istanbul 2001: special jury prize
    • London: Screening
  • Vengo official movie site
  • Note from the director
  • NB: Spanish language dialogue with English language subtitles
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Flamenco top forty.

The story of anger and revenge between crime families is merely a backdrop to the wild beats of down and dirty flamenco. It gives your mind something to tie the whole film together so that you can sit through the next episode of Spain's funniest home flamencos. You have to be really in love with the music, the culture and/or the dance to enjoy Vengo. If you aren't, there's not enough to satisfy your movie stomach; if you are, then you'll love it: the flamenco is an expression of life rather than an art form.

Orestes' performance as the physically challenged Diego is great: by the end of the film you still don't know whether he was acting or being. He's got the joy of life that some differently-abled people have but also has a sexiness that is surprising in a spazz (not the least because post-Victorians like to deny that the challenged can even have sexuality).

Everything else is ok, but that's all.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

90 minutes (1:30 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 15 November 2001 - Sydney
Film: 22 November 2001 - Melbourne
DVD retail: 18 September 2002
VHS retail: 18 September 2002

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Note from the director
All of them are in their element.
All of them are immersed in the culture of those with little, with everything.
The only act which they know instinctively. they are themselves to the end.
Andalusian and flamenco. Ordinary heroes of the real south.
Vengo is this before anything else: a cry, a chant, a hymn to life, love mourning and the price of blood. A hymn to the Mediterranean.

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