festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

Free Color


Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez is one of the most beloved and renowned Latin American artists of all time. His iconic works have been celebrated on every corner of the planet and continue to be displayed in the world's finest permanent collections such as MoMA, London's Tate Modern, and The Centre Pompidou in Paris, where Cruz-Diez lived and worked from 1960 until his death, just last year.

Free Color, a riveting new documentary from Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo, does much more than tell Cruz-Diez's story. It follows him closely in his final years as he obsesses over his most impossible work of art: to free color from form. Long known as "The Master of Color," with an incomparable career as a Kinetic and Optical artist behind him, Cruz-Diez refused to settle down. At 94 he was working tirelessly to surmount his final and greatest artistic challenge: An autonomous phenomenon of ‘cromosaturation', a cloud space of color-with-no-form, over the Seine River, in Paris. In Arvelo's fascinating film, Cruz-Diez impassionedly recruits a team of innovators from across disciplines to help make his dream come to life within the instability of reality, a dream only just now made even imaginable by ever-shifting advances in technology.

Featuring original music from Gustavo Dudamel and Devendra Banhart, and fascinating one-on-one interviews between Cruz-Diez and actor Edgar Ramirez, Arvelo's Free Color is a thoughtful, visually-creative look at The Master of Color at work.

This screening is sponsored by FlixLatino, ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity and TV5MONDE.

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Coral Gables Art Cinema

SilverSpot Cinema 16

Director Bio

Alberto Arvelo is a Venezuelan director and writer. His previous film, The Liberator was the first Venezuelan film ever shortlisted for the Academy Awards. His film A House with a View of the Sea was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival and his film To Play and To Fight won the Audience Award at the 2007 Miami Film Festival.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Alberto Arvelo
  • Producer(s)
    Gabriela Camejo, Gabriel Cruz Mendoza, Paula Manzanedo-Smith
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Leonardo Henríquez
  • Cinematographer(s)
    John Márquez
  • Composer
    Gustavo Dudamel, Devendra Banhart, Sebastián Arvelo, Nascuy Linares, Alvaro Paiva Bimbo
  • Cast
    Gabriel Cruz Mendoza, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Édgar Ramírez, Ana Asenjo, Seamus Blackley, Spyridon Michalakis, Adriana Cruz Delgado, Carlos Cruz Delgado, Mari Carmen Ramírez

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Original Title
    Free Color
  • Country
    United States, Venezuela, France
  • Run-Time
    67 min
  • Language
    Spanish, English, French
  • Subtitles