When:June 14, 2023
Time:7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Where:eTOWN HALL / 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Cost:$15+ Taxes & Fees
Doors:6:30 pm
Show:7:00 pm

Doors: 6:30 PM

Film: 7 PM

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Love & Justice: In The Footsteps of Beethoven's Rebel Opera

About the Film: On September 11, 1973, a military coup Chile deposed the democratically elected president Salvador Allende, installed General Augusto Pinochet, and unleashed years of vicious repression. Among those rounded up, imprisoned, and executed was Jorge Peña Hen , a composer and the conductor of a renowned children’s orchestra. Forty-five years later, documentary filmmaker Kerry Candaele traveled to Valparaiso, Chile, to make a film about Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. The opera is about a political prisoner, Florestan, unjustly held in a dungeon but ultimately rescued by his wife, Leonore, who has infiltrated the prison by dressing as a man. In Valparaiso, Candaele assembles an orchestra and performers to stage portions of the opera, but he also meets an eccentric Butoh dancer named María Belén Espinosa Peña. In performance, she dresses as a man—an imprisoned musician—and plays out his final days “to rescue him from the prison of forgetting”. The man is her grandfather, Jorge Peña Hen. Struck by the similarities between Belén’s story and the story of Fidelio, filmmaker Candaele has created a swirling, poetic, and deeply musical narrative that weaves them together, along with Beethoven’s own search for love and justice. The film is being released on the 50th anniversary of the Chilean coup, and is dedicated to its victims. Praise for "Love & Justice: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Rebel Opera:" Unique and beautiful piece! I think Beethoven would have appreciated what you did, which is to bring the eternal part of his work into the present. Bravo! - Jan Swafford, Author of Beethoven: Anguish And Triumph The film is lovely, compelling, poetic, mysterious, painful, magical and human. - Ed Barguiarena Intimate, moving—often painfully so. A lovely film. - Marina Peters

Kerry Candaele

Kerry Candaele is the director and producer of several documentaries including A League of Their Own, Iraq For Sale, and the recent Love & Justice: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Rebel Opera, the second film in his Beethoven trilogy. He is the author of three books, and has recorded three albums of his own music. He has written for USA Today, Life, The Nation, Huffington Post, History Today, Seven, Irish America and Symphony Magazine. He lives in Venice, California