BOLA DE NIEVE, THE SAD MAN THAT ALWAYS SANG HAPPY

By José SÁNCHEZ-MONTES

LA ZANFOÑA PRODUCCIONES - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2003

Cuban, black, santero, homosexual, pro-revolutionary and, above all, musician, Bola de Nieve forms part of the Latin American myths of the 20th centuary. Ignacio Villa also had big success in Europe, Asia and the United States.

    • Year of production
    • 2003
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Musical
    • Countries
    • SPAIN, CUBA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 73 mn
    • Director(s)
    • José SÁNCHEZ-MONTES
    • Writer(s)
    • José SÁNCHEZ-MONTES, Mariano MARESCA
    • Synopsis
    • Cuban, black, santero, homosexual, pro-revolutionary and, above all, musician, Bola de Nieve forms part of the Latin American myths of the 20th centuary. Ignacio Villa also had big success in Europe, Asia and the United States.
      How was this man who, simply with the piano and his mango-monger voice made Edith Piaf, Andrés Segovia, Pablo Neruda, Paul Robeson, Josephine Baker, Alejo Carpentier, Nicolás Guillén or Pedro Almodóvar tremble with emotion?
      Bola de Nieve, though a man under torment, used to say: "I'm a sad person but my songs sound glad". He and his time are the main features of this documentary that follows the sinuous path of this unique person, practically unknown except to the many people who loved him.
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