By Luis R. VERA


Art - Culture - Completed 2015

This movie explores the conflict between the man and the genius, the common self and the myth. The story of Agustin Barrios (1885-1944), that dressed as an indian chief decides to travel around latinamerica playing classical music, and then become one of the great composers of the 20th century.

& Awards

Ventana Sur 2015
Latam Screenings
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Art - Culture, Biography
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 95 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Luis R. VERA
    • Writer(s)
    • Luis R. VERA
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • MANGORÉ, is a feature film about the exciting and moving life and work of the great musician Agustin Barrios, MANGORE (1885-1944), the most universal of Paraguayans.
      This story about Barrios Mangoré’s life, in consistency with its character, thrives in poetry and lacks in chronological time, encircles his childhood until his last days, travelling through Latin America and the Caribbean during the first decades of the twentieth century. But, above all, it’s a journey towards the depth of this bohemian and adventurous man’s soul, which has become an authentic legend and a pretext to decode one of the mysteries of life, the mystery of artistic creation.
      This wonderful artist pours out of his homeland and talent one of the most universal works of art any Latin American artist has bequeathed…An artist that doesn’t give in or make concessions, faithful to his origins and roots, dies as an artist, famous but poor, living by his art for which he receives applause, charity and patronage. Its destiny’s metaphor and a superior human nature that makes him go beyond consequences to conquer his ideals and deepest convictions.

      The expression to live “for art itself” describes Mangoré’s personality thoroughly. His perception of art as a superior manifestation of beauty and good; the utopia of reaching perfection, beyond any conditioning or material satisfaction. Mangoré is a romantic, and represents the ideal platonic or quijotesc character in the best sense; for these, absolutely contemporary, when contradicting the materialistic world we live in, that lacks in romantic ideals, these characters become paradigmatical. More than being a musical genius or a great artist, Barrios Mangoré is a spiritual teacher, an enlightened one, a chosen one.

      In this film the dramatic conflict that gives movement to the mystery of artistic creation is the fantasy of confronting Barrios and Mangoré, the man and the hero, the ordinary and the myth, the real and the imaginary, the citizen and the artist, extending towards paroxysm the consciousness of the authentic being…or not being.
      Although we catch a glimpse of his friends, wives and mistresses and one guitar that becomes his main and faithful companion, three are the main characters that with his Alter Ego are the co-protagonists of Agustin Barrios’ adult life; his brother Francisco Martín, protector, poet and manager; Gloria Silva, Brazilian mulata, dancer, joins Barrios to laureate his talent, sharing his success and hardships; and a conflictive relationship with his biggest contemporary pair – who fruitlessly tried to undermine him – the Spanish musician Andres Segovia….And finally, his alter ego, his best and worst, a dream-nightmare character that dwells upon Barrios himself, but is able to break out of him, surpassing barriers and frontiers, conventions and limits, a relentless personality that doesn’t give up to the swings and mislays of existence, MANGORÉ…