Director, María José Cuevas spent eight years developing and filming “Beauties of the Night”, creating an intimate work based on friendship, trust and complicity as she explores the lives and worlds of her protagonists who were some of the biggest stars of varieties in the seventies and eighties in Mexico.
This film gives us insight not only into the world of "vedettes", but most important into life itself; the successes and failures of women’s power obtained through beauty and sensuality and the dignity of their ageing. It addresses both the taboo and struggle for these ageing stars, each one of them finding their own way. Depictions of love, strength, acceptance, and perseverance help them through the hard times.Exotic feathers, high heels, sequins, statuesque bodies, jewels, champagne: these are the most widespread memories of the glamorous world of Mexico’s showgirls, now that those cabarets – where they reined supreme as queens of the night – no longer exist. “Beauties of the Night” begins forty years after the show ended.The relentless passing of time, lost youth, the mirage of fame, the pursuit of happiness are realities and challenges that these women have embraced with strength and perseverance to finding their own way and reinventing themselves maintaining their independence and freedom.From naked bodies to souls laid bare, this film offers an unvarnished portrait of five women who lasted through the night and emerged to new possibilities of beauty. “Beauties of the Night”is an universally inspirational film, a survival story, it’s a celebration of life and of the female voice.
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María José Cuevas’ practice draws from her experience in documentary, experimental video, design and photography. She has collaborated in diverse cultural projects. Her video works have screened at different festivals and art venues in Mexico and abroad, including ZONEMA - Chelsea Center for the Arts (Nueva York), STUTTGARTER FILMWINTER - Festival for Expanded Media (Alemania), VIDEOZONE - International Video-Art Bienal in Israel (Israel), TRANSITIO_MX - Festival Internacional de Artes Electrónicas y Video (México), IFCT - Festival Internacional de Cine y Tecnología (Estados Unidos), International Women´s Film Festival (Cologne, Alemania), ALUCINE - Toronto Latino Film and Video Festival (Canadá), Museo Patio Herreriano (Valladolid, España), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Colombia) VIDEOFORMES: Art video et Nouveaux Medias (Francia), MUCA: Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (México), OAXACA CINE (México), AMBULANTE: Gira de Documentales (México y California, E.U) and more.
She is currently directing her first feature documentary BEAUTIES OF THE NIGHT which was selected for the documentary development program at the BINGER FILMLAB in Amsterdam, the BAL (Buenos Aires Lab at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival BAFICI 2010) and the Doc Lab of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG).