Free Color

  • Pablo Pablo


Home Viewing Fri, Oct 16
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Cine Latino
The Art of Living
Cine en Familia
Visual Arts
Release Year:2020
Runtime:67 min
Print Source:Karibanna Content
Director:Alberto Arvelo
Executive Producer:Gabriel Cruz Mendoza
Producer:Gabriela Camejo
Paula Manzanedo-Schmit
Cinematographer:John Márquez
Alberto Arvelo
Composer:Gustavo Dudamel
Nascuy Linares
Devendra Banhart
Alvaro Paiva Bimbo
Sebastián Arvelo
Principal Cast:Carlos Cruz-Diez
Édgar Ramírez
Filmography:A House with a View of the Sea (2001)
Cyrano Fernández (2007)
The Liberator (2013)


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Live Q&A Friday, October 16 at 6:30pm.

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Screening with the short film Pablo.

About Free Color

Playful and intriguing, the rich, color-drenched work of legendary Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez is a universe of ideas and emotion: primary colors come alive in vivid chromo-saturated spaces both grand and intimate while other works use dazzling, dizzying lined patterns, their hues morphing in and out of one another to create the illusion of movement and to call forth fundamental questions of what color is, its symbolic value and its place in our personal and collective memory. Yet after a groundbreaking seven-decade career that placed him firmly within the pantheon of all-time greats, and at the tender age of 94, the Master set out to realize what was to be his most ambitious, and sadly his final, project to date: to free color from form, to liberate it from light, narrative and matter itself, over the river Seine in his beloved adopted home city of Paris. Using a treasure trove of home movies, candid interviews and fly-on-the-wall perspective, director Alberto Arvelo (The Liberator) has crafted a lively and touching portrait of an artist as gentleman—of a unique and restless creativity driven by ideas about the role of color in our lives; and a generous and devoted father and grandfather whose practice was always a true family affair, and whose brilliance of mind was equal only to his openness of heart.

Recommended for Ages 10+

Lúdico e intrigante, el trabajo rico y lleno de color del legendario artista venezolano Carlos Cruz-Diez es un universo de ideas y emoción: los colores primarios cobran vida en espacios saturados de luz, patrones de líneas vertiginosas, sus tonalidades se transforman entre sí para crear la ilusión de movimiento y suscitar preguntas fundamentales sobre qué es el color, su valor simbólico y su lugar en nuestra memoria personal y colectiva. Después de una carrera pionera de siete décadas que lo colocó firmemente dentro del panteón de los grandes de todos los tiempos, y a la tierna edad de 94 años, el Maestro se propuso realizar lo que iba a ser su proyecto más ambicioso y, lamentablemente, su último trabajo: liberar al color de la forma, liberarlo de la luz, la narrativa y la materia misma, crear una obra sobre el río Sena en su amada ciudad adoptiva de París. Utilizando maravillosa home-movies y entrevistas a colaboradores y familiares, el director Alberto Arvelo (El Libertador) ha elaborado un retrato vivo y conmovedor del artista, de su creatividad única e inquieta, impulsada por ideas sobre el papel del color en nuestras vidas; pero tambien el retrato de un padre y abuelo devoto cuya práctica siempre fue un verdadero asunto de familia, y cuya brillantez mental solo la igualaba su corazon abierto y generoso.

Director Biography

Alberto Arvelo

Alberto Arvelo (Caracas, Venezuela) is a writer, musician and director most well known for his multiple award-winning films A House with a View of the Sea (2001), Cyrano Fernández (2007) and The Liberator (“Libertador”, 2013). He has created a multimedia opera for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (La Cantata Criolla) under the musical director of Gustavo Dudamel, starring Helen Hunt and Édgar Ramírez. He is also the founder of the Cine Átomo movement, producing reflective human films with crews of no more than five people.


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Included Shorts

Pablo (6min) More