Year: 2005

Duration: 117 min.

Country: Spain

Director: Jaime Chávarri

Script: Jaime Chávarri, Álvaro del Amo

Music: Carles Cases (Songs: Camarón de la Isla)

Photography: Gonzalo Berridi

Cast: Óscar Jaenada, Verónica Sánchez, Jacobo Dicenta, Mercé Llorens, Martín Bello, Raúl Rocamora, Alfonso Begara, Manolo Caro, Rosa Estévez, Chiqui Maya, Andoni Gracia, María Isasi, Antonio Garrido

Genre: Drama | Biographical. Music. Flamenco

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Biography of the flamenco genius José Monge Cruz, also known as "Camarón de la Isla". A journey through his life and work, a look at this great Flamenco singer who innovated in flamenco, left a mark for new generations and broke social and artistic barriers. His desires, his successes and his battles are ingredients of a personal history that get reflected in his particular vision of making music: a new way of making and listening to flamenco that Camarón showed to the world. Camarón has three stages: the discovery, the confirmation and the acknowledgement-farewell. In each stage Camarón de la Isla is surrounded by leading figures of the flamenco culture such as Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Paco Cepero, etc. and the beautiful legacy of his songs is an essential element in laying out the plot. His most prolific stage shows lights and shadows reflected in his love affairs, his national and international acknowledgement, the recording of albums that were a flamenco revolution, his marriage to Dolores "La Chispa", his flirt with drugs and his physical attrition at a very early age.

2005: 3 Goya Awards: Best leading actor (Óscar Jaenada), best costume design and best makeup and hairstyling