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El Acordeón del Diablo

El Acordeón del Diablo

El Acordeón del Diablo tells the story of that great old man of Caribbean music, Pacho Rada. It is the tale of a singer and composer who first held an accordion at the age of four and was never to let go of it again. He's 93 now and lives in a corrugated iron shack on the outskirts of Santa Marta in Colombia, whilst his songs climb up the hit parades. The film follows Pacho Rada on a journey along the Caribbean coast of Colombia voyaging into the world of musicians who have grown up with Salsa, Cumbia and Vallenato. The musician who transformed Colombian Cumbia and bullfight tunes into a fiery big band sound, Alfredo Gutierrez, also performs in the film. And then there is the undisputed star, Israel Romero, King of Vallenato, hurling himself into a breathtaking virtuoso accordion duel with his nephew El Morré. Pacho Rada became famous through Gabriel Marquez' novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. The figure of the troubadour, Francisco El Hombre, who has a fateful encounter with the devil one night, is modelled on Pacho Rada. The boundaries between dream and reality are blurred in Pacho Rada's tales, just as they are in Marquez's novels.

The film El Acordeón del Diablo enters into both these universes with him, exploring a country torn asunder by poverty and violence and a fantastic realm of legends and captivating music.
Genre Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2000
Director Stefan Schwietert
Screenplay Stefan Schwietert
Cinematography Ciro Cappellari
Tania Stoecklin
Francisco \"Pacha\" Rada, Manuel Rada, Alfredo Gutierrez
Cast Francisco \"Pacha\" Rada, Manuel Rada, Alfredo Gutierrez
Producer Thomas Kufus
Production Company zero one film, in co-production with Neapel Film, Therwil, in cooperation with Televisione Svizzera/Lugano
Runtime 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Language
 German/Spanish
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Locarno 2000, Hof 2000, Gothenburg 2001
With backing from BKM, Bundesamt fuer Kultur Bern, Fachausschuss Film/Video/Foto Basel, Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr, Success Cinema, Direktion fuer Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit, Roemisch-Katholische Koerperschaft des Kantons Zuerich, UBS Kulturstiftung, Eurimages
German Distributor Ventura Film/Berlin

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