Dressed in Blue

“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 screening on Tuesday, January 10 will be introduced by Santiago Fouz Hernández, Professor in Iberian Studies and Film Studies at Durham University (UK). Read his latest essay, on Spanish Queer Cinema here.

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.

In the vein of Paris is Burning and Funeral Parade of Roses comes a lost, yet instantly classic piece of transgender cinema from 1983 Spain. We’re thrilled to finally be bringing this film to a wider audience who will no doubt fall in love with the six women at the core of this playful and gorgeously lensed docu-narrative hybrid.

1h 38m
Antonio Giménez Rico
2D Digital
Spanish w/ English subtitles